Gandhi Katha


Written by :Umashankar Joshi
Translated by : Divya Joshi

Table of Contents

  1. The Miracle of Ramnama
  2. Equal Care For Everybody
  3. Motherly Love
  4. Oneness With Countrymen
  5. Universe As Family
  6. Playful Bapu
  7. The Power of Practice
  8. Mohan Would Not Steal
  9. A Lesson for School Children
  10. The Sportsmanship
  11. A Lesson Learnt From Mistake
  12. Its For All!
  13. Small Thing - Big Lesson
  14. Saintly Mother
  15. Unusual Examiner
  16. The First Satyagrahi
  17. Nothing is Unimportant
  18. A Confession
  19. The Magic of Love
  20. Always With The Poor
  21. Practical Approach
  22. Winning in A Loss
  23. The Art of Sleeping
  24. Punctual Bapu
  25. The First Lesson is Cleanliness
  26. Smart Kittens
  27. Ahimsa or Cleanliness ?
  28. Story Time in Jail
  29. Bapu - The Host
  30. The Making of Mahatma
  31. Ba - The First Satyagrahi
  32. Heartfelt Sympathy
  33. Introspective Bapu
  34. Unflinching Faith
  35. Firm on Commitment
  36. An Ordeal for Carelessness
  37. Self-Suffering
  38. Self Imposed Discipline
  39. How I Became Mahatma
  40. Adans Affection
  41. A Lesson of Cleanliness
  42. The Economy at Work
  43. The Real Friend
  44. True Ahimsa
  45. A Lesson for Detachment
  46. Invaluable Donation
  47. Anasakti Yoga
  48. Thinking For Others
  49. Great Flexibility
  50. Deep Compassion
  51. Bapu - The Strategist
  52. A Novel Leader
  53. He is Mine !
  54. Always On Time !
  55. The Wit of Bapu
  56. No Security Except God
  57. No Expensive Fruits For Me !
  58. The Great Statesman
  59. Gift For An Opponent
  60. Be Immortal!

About This Book

Written by :Umashankar Joshi
Translated by : Divya Joshi
First Edition : 3,000 copies, August 2010
Total : 54,000 copies
I.S.B.N :81-7229-095-0
Published by :Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal - Gandhi Book Centre
299 Nana Chowk,
Tardeo Road,
Mumbai 400 007,
MS, India
Navajivan Mudranalaya,
Ahmedabad - 380 014,
Printed by :Jitendra T. Desai
Navajivan Mudranalaya,
Ahemadabad-380014 (INDIA)
© Swati Umashankar Joshi


Chapter-42: The Economy At Work

In the Yeravada jail, Shankarlalbhai Banker, a close associate of Gandhiji used to wash Gandhiji’s clothes. One day, Gandhiji told him, “You need not wash my clothes, I will do that myself.”
Shankarlalbhai asked, “Is it the case that the clothes are not washed properly or is there any shortcoming?”
Gandhiji told him with an air of satisfaction, “They are washed properly. But, I think the soap is being consumed excessively. I can use this amount of soap for almost double the number of days.”
Shankarlalbhai assured him, “I shall now use the soap economically.”
He thought that, it is okay if some more soap is consumed, but the clothes should be clean and bright. Now, he gained an insight of the economy Gandhiji was thinking about.
There must be an imaginative power, which must always work behind an insight of economy.
One morning Gandhiji said, “Shankarlal, Do not light the grate today. There is no need to warm up the water.”
Shankarlalbhai asked, “Why?”
Gandhiji replied, “We keep a lantern in the room at night. The idea just clicked to my mind that if I keep a jug of water on the lantern, then by the morning, the water will get warmed up. I tried that and the experiment is successful. The water is warm enough for me to drink.”
Shankarlalbhai felt a bit offended. He said, “Aren’t you doing this, because you think that I have to take trouble to light the grate early in the morning? I feel that I am unable to give you satisfaction from my work.”
Gandhiji replied, “You were preparing things very well. But, it was just an experiment that I wanted to try. I wanted to see how it works if water is being warmed on a lantern. That much coal would be saved. There is nothing to be offended about in that.”