Books about Gandhi

I wrote to a former student of mine who is on the way to India and wanted books on Gandhi.  Off the cuff, I thought of these books that I have read.  Including one on Tagore.  The great bapuji and the sentinel were inextricably linked in India’s fight for independence.

1. His autobiography – this is free on the internet.

2. A very comprehensive story about Gandhi and his political and spiritual life.

3. The salt march was one of the most important event he organized that really got the colonialists shaking. England had a tax on salt and no one in India could make salt. So Gandhi organized a long walk to Dandi and took a handful of salt in his hand in his civil disobedience towards the British Empire

4. Once you start reading about Gandhi, you might also want to read Rabindranath Tagore. He was Asia’s first nobel laureate

Finally, I think you might want to buy these books when you are in India. Books in India are damn cheap… sometimes paper quality might be bad but you will find the bookshops have a better range that in Singapore.


Mahatma – Pilgrim of Peace

Mahatma – Pilgrim of Peace

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Notes: Some very good original footage and 1st-hand perspectives of the great Bapu of India. The authority and authenticity of the documentary stands out, making it worth the watch.

The Bhagavad Gita according to Gandhi

I finished this book about a week ago. One of the nicest literature written by the great Bapu. I guess its because his life revolved around it or should I say the teachings of the Gita revolved around his life. I have read lots of things written by him and true to his writing style, you almost feel that he is talking directly to you and that you are sitting there somewhere in his Ashram as he weaves his homespun, the whirring of the spinning wheel the paper onto which his voice is woven.

The following words by the Great Soul in the last few pages sums up part of the important teachings of the Gita.

“The central teaching of the Gita is detachment – abandonment of the fruit of action. And there would be no room for this abandonment if one were to prefer another’s duty to one’s own. Therefore one’s own duty is said to be better than another’s. It is the spirit in which duty is done that matters, and its unattached performance is its own reward.”