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An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth


Translated by (from Gujarati): Mahadev Desai

General Editor: Shriman Narayan

ISBN 81-7229-149-3


Printed and Published by

Navajivan Mudranalaya, Ahemadabad 380014, India.


» Introduction

PART I

» Birth And Parentage
» Childhood
» Child Marriage
» Playing The Husband
» At The High School
» A Tragedy
» A Tragedy (Continued)
» Stealing And Atonement
» My Father's Death And My Double Shame
» Glimpses of Religion
» Preparation For England
» Outcaste
» In London At last
» My Choice
» Playing The English Gentleman
» Changes
» Experiments In Dietetics
» Shyness My Shield
» The Canker Of Untruth
» Acquaintance With Religions
» 'Nirbal Ke Bal Rama'
» Narayan Hemchandra
» The Great Exhibition
» 'Called' - But Then?
» My Helplessness

PART II

» Raychandbhai
» How I Began Life
» The First Case
» The First Shock
» Preparing For South Africa
» Arrival In Natal
» Some Experiences
» On The way To Pretoria
» More Hardships
» First Day In Pretoria
» Christian Contacts
» Seeking Touch With Indians
» What It Is To Be A 'Coolie'
» Preparation For The Case
» Religious Ferment
» Man Proposes, God Disposes
» Settled In Natal
» Colour Bar
» Natal Indian Congress
» Balasundaram
» The ₤ 3 Tax
» Comparative Study Of Religions
» As A Householder
» Homeward
» In India
» Two Passions
» The Bombay Meeting
» Poona And Madras
» 'Return Soon'

PART III

» Rumblings Of The Storm
» The Storm
» The Test
» The Calm After The Storm
» Education Of Children
» Spirit Of Service
» Brahmacharya - I
» Brahmacharya - II
» Simple Life
» The Boer War
» Sanitary Reform And Famine Relief
» Return To India
» In India Again
» Clerk And Bearer
» In The Congress
» Lord Curson's Darbar
» A Month With Gokhale - I
» A Month With Gokhale - II
» A Month With Gokhale - III
» In Benaras
» Settled In Bombay
» Faith On Its Trail
» To South Africa Again

PART IV

» 'Love's Labour's Lost'
» Autocrats From Asia
» Pocketed The Insult
» Quickened Spirit Of Sacrifice
» Result Of Introspection
» A Sacrifice To Vegetarianism
» Experiments In Earth And Water Treatment
» A Warning
» A Tussle With Power
» A Sacred Recollection And Penance
» Intimate European Contacts
» European Contacts (Continued)
» Indian Opinion
» Coolie Locations Or Ghettos?
» The Black Plague-I
» The Black Plague-II
» Location In Flames
» The Magic Spell Of A Book
» The Phoenix Settlement
» The First Night
» Polak Takes The Plunge
» Whom God Protects
» A Peep Into The Household
» The Zulu 'Rebellion'
» Heart Searchings
» The Birth Of Satyagraha
» More Experiments In Dietetics
» Kasturba's Courage
» Domestic Satyagraha
» Towards Self -Restraint
» Fasting
» As Schoolmates
» Literary Training
» Training Of The Spirit
» Tares Among The Wheat
» Fasting As Penance
» To Meet Gokhale
» My Part In The War
» A Spiritual Dilemma
» Miniature Satyagraha
» Gokhale's Charity
» Treatment of Pleurisy
» Homeward
» Some Reminiscences Of The Bar
» Sharp Practice?
» Clients Turned Co-Workers
» How A Client Was Saved

PART V

» The First Experience
» With Gokhale In Poona
» Was It A Threat?
» Shantiniketan
» Woes Of Third Class Passengers
» Wooing
» Kumbha Mela
» Lakshman Jhula
» Founding of The Ashram
» On The Anvil
» Abolition Of Indentured Emigration
» The Stain Of Indigo
» The Gentle Bihari
» Face To Face With Ahimsa
» Case Withdrawn
» Methods Of Work
» Companions
» Penetrating The Villages
» When A Governor Is Good
» In Touch With Labour
» A Peep Into The Ashram
» The Fast
» The Kheda Satyagraha
» 'The Onion Thief'
» End Of Kheda Satyagraha
» Passion For Unity
» Recruiting Campaign
» Near Death's Door
» The Rowlatt Bills And My Dilemma
» That Wonderful Spectacle!
» That Memorable Week! - I
» That Memorable Week! - II
» 'A Himalayan Miscalculation'
» Navajivan And Young India
» In The Punjab
» The Khilafat Against Cow Protection?
» The Amritsar Congress
» Congress Initiation
» The Birth Of Khadi
» Found At Last!
» An Instructive Dialogue
» Its Rising Tide
» At Nagpur
» Farewell