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Bapu's Learning Habits
mahatma-gandhi-charklha
Gandhiji used to spin everyday, but it was not mechanical. While using the productive means, he would think deeply about its implications and ramifications. He used to do some experiments himself. He declared a reward of Rupees One Lakh (one hundred thousand) for anyone who would devise an improved spinning wheel (that reward still remains unclaimed). He was always eager to develop better, cheaper and easily available tools for the common man which could be repaired locally. He used to devote attention even on the smallest details of Ashram life. In the days he used to serve food to all the inmates. He often explained the importance of quality and the required quantity of intake for various items of food. He avoided the use of items brought from outside. He wanted to develop a spirit of neighbourhood (Swadeshi). He had prepared a scheme and trained some workers for that purpose, and encouraged them to take up village reconstruction work.
He, however, could not live in one place for a long time at a stretch. He had to go out very often for the work of national independence or to attend the Congress Working Committee meetings. Many times such meetings were held in Wardha so as to facilitate his attendance.