At Kingsley Hall, where Gandhiji stayed during his visit to London in'1931, many came to hunt for his autograph. One such admirer of Gandhiji was an ex-Navy man whose credentials presented to Gandhiji included his having served Mirabahen's father for a number of years and that his son-in-law was supplying milk to Gandhiji.
"How many children have you?" Gandhiji asked him.
"Eight, Sir, four sons and four daughters."
"I have four sons," said Gandhiji, "so I can race with you halfway." And the whole house roared with laughter.