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34. A Race in Paternity

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.