In old days Ahmedabad was the capital of Gujarat. Gandhiji's Ashram is on the banks of Sabarmati river near this city.
lived in this Ashram with Kasturba and many other men, women and children.
those people came from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, Sindh, Madras (now Chennai)
and Nepal also. There were Indians as well as foreigners and Chinese too.
them wore Khadi and regularly spinned yarn. They used to get up at 4 O' clock in
the morning and would get together for prayer. They would also pray in the
evening. They used to recite Shlokas there. Panditji used to teach them bhajans.
They used to sing those bhajans along with chanting of Ram naam. They also used
to recite Gita regularly. Then Gandhiji would deliver a sermon after the prayer.
people living in the Ashram used to dine in the same mess. The food did not
contain much of masala (seasoning) but it used to be clean and fresh.
fixed time, all of them used to sit together recite hymns for peace and then
take the meal. Many a times, Gandhiji himself would serve them. Harijans (the
untouchables) also lived in the Ashram along with all others. They used to work
in the kitchen with others and ate there too.
the Ashram used to be very careful about cleanliness. They won't spit anywhere,
won't throw pieces of paper, won't throw leftover food and won't urinate just
inmates of the Ashram never used the jungle as their toilet. They would prepare
a small, clean airy room as their toilet and would cover the faeces with soil.
They used to clean this toilet themselves. The soil was then used as manure in
their vegetable garden.