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Experiments with Truth

First published in 1927, Gandhi?s autobiography remains a classic of modern Indian literature.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 18:31 IST

An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth (Abridged)
Author: M K Gandhi, with an introduction by A P J Abdul Kalam
Publisher: Penguin Books
Price: Rs 150
ISBN: 0143330098
Format: Paperback

It is not my purpose to attempt a real autobiography. I simply want to tell the story of my numerous experiments with truth, and as my life consists of nothing but those experiments, it is true that the story will take the shape of an autobiography.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, one of the greatest men to walk this earth, begins the story of his life with descriptions of his childhood in Porbandar and Rajkot in Gujarat, his school days, his early marriage, the lessons he learnt when he tried stealing, told lies and smoked cigarettes, and his unshakable devotion to his parents. He then tells us of his journey abroad, first to England and then to South Africa, and narrates in simple, lucid language his transformation from a shy, diffident young man with a chronic fear of public speaking to a fearless lawyer and leader of men who took on the might of the British empire.

First published in 1927, Gandhi’s autobiography is a classic of modern Indian literature. This abridged edition for young readers will allow a new generation to read and find inspiration in it.

Age group of target audience: 12+

First Published: Nov 14, 2006 18:31 IST