Mahadevbhai Desai’s son, Narayan Desai had imbibed Gandhi’s philosophy and demeanour since his childhood. Along with his mother tongue Guajarati he is equally proficient with Bengali, Hindi and English. He has written more than a dozen books. But the essence of his creativity is truly exhibited in Mahadev Desai and Gandhiji’s biographies he has written. ‘A Rose In A Fire Pit' (Agnikundma Ugelu Gulab – pub.1992) is the name of Mahadevbhai’s biography. As fascinating as a novel, it’s not only Mahadevbhai’s biography but Gandhiji’s too.
Narayanbhai’s supreme gift is Gandhiji’s
biography in four volumes for which he had to labour for years together. The
Book is named, ‘Maru Jeevan Ej Mari Vani’ (My Life Is My Voice). The
biography is spread over 2000 pages. Its publication is a milestone in
Guajarati literature as well as an important incident of the righteous
life-style of Gujarat. Hundreds of books have been written about Gandhiji’s
life and work. But a comprehensive biography was not available in Guajarati.
Mahadevbhai had wished to write such a biography which would offer a
minute-to-minute commentary on Gandhiji’s life and which would rank among
world’s best literature. So he wrote diaries to keep track of happenings but
his untimely demise curbed the efforts. Now Narayanbhai has fulfilled his
father’s wish by writing this biography. The writer has included a lot of
hard to obtain subject matter in it, to make this epic-like biography attain
eminence and honour. A number of interesting anecdotes have been included in
There are a number of minute details only
Narayanbhai could have provided and which have bedecked this piece of
literature like tiny jewels. Narayan Desai is a potential thinker
who has established Gandhian philosophy at the universal level. Nonetheless,
he is an eminent painter who has portrayed in letters the resplendent life
of this world leader and has lent it immortality. This literary service of
Narayanbhai will be as immortal as Gandhi himself.