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Reminiscences of Gandhi

Reminiscences of Gandhi

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Published by Sumanta Nayak
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Published by: Sumanta Nayak on Aug 17, 2010
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Reminiscences Of Gandhi
 
IT was in 1920 that Bapuji came to Wardha for the first time. I was about 5 or 6 then.For the day my elder sister, and I had been dressed, in silk clothes with gold embroidery.Bapuji had his. bath, and was having his breakfast when we were taken to him. We bowed to him. After giving us his blessings and a couple of fondling slaps on the cheeks,he smiled and asked us whether we liked our dress better, or his. (He then used to wear adhoti, a shirt and a whitecap.) We remained quiet, But when he repeated the question,Kakaji (my father, Shri Jamnalal Bajaj) encouraged, me to answer him. I told him with achildish pride that I liked my dress better: He took my cap in one hand and placed a whitekhadi cap in the other, and told us how the white cap was simple and beautiful. The pointthat appealed to me most was that it could be washed and could be kept clean. He askedme whether my cap could be washed. I nodded "No". Then he put the question again:"Now will you tell me which is better-the one which can become dirty, or the one whichis washable?" I agreed with him that the white cap was better. The next question was that,if it was better, whether I would.1iketo exchange my cap with the one he had in his hand.I knew I was caught. I agreed to the exchange. As I was returning with my sister, Bapujicalled us back and asked us to sit down near him. He told us that the cap I had given tohim in exchange was such as only the rich could wear. He pointed a finger towardsKakaji, and told us that only Jamnalalji could afford, a cap like that for his children; thatthere were many children in the country who could not get such a cap; and that whatother children could not get, we our- selves should not wear. "Children's clothes, he

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