One of the earliest books developed by the Press in India, My Early Life (1932) is a concise version of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s autobiography. The charming little book took shape while Gandhi was in prison, guiding the expert hand of Mahadev Desai, his secretary, at every step of its making.
My Early Life: An Illustrated Story covers the formative years (1869–1914) of Gandhi’s life—from early childhood, schooldays, and teenage desires and confessions to the trip to England and struggle thereafter as a young attorney to the austere life in South Africa. This illustrated edition includes contextual notes and evocative line drawings to complement the narrative. A flesh-and-blood story of an inspirational journey—from ‘Mohandas to Mahatma’—this book will capture the imagination of children, young adults, and those keen on knowing about Gandhi’s early life.
About the Author :
Lalitha Zackariah is a noted Gandhi scholar and a former Director of the Research, Reference & Training Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. She began her career with the office of The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, where she served on the editorial staff for over twenty-five years. She is co-editor of the book Together They Fought: Gandhi–Nehru Correspondence (OUP 2011).
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