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A Day with Gandhi

All Photographs by V.N. O'key
Commentary by Vikas Kamat

First Online: June 17, 2005
Page Last Updated: November 01, 2016

V.N. O'key
Gandhi at Study
Gandhi at Correspondence

Photograph shows a frail Gandhi engaged in correspondence at his hermitage. Gandhi was a prompt letter writer, always responding to the letters he received. He could write in Gujarati, Hindi, and English languages.

V.N. O'key
Meeting Interrupted!
Meeting Interrupted!

In the movie Gandhi (by Richard Attenborough), there is a scene in which in the middle of discussing an important matter of grave consequence, Gandhi is shown stopping the conversation because "it is time feed the cattle!" The above still photograph depicts the exact story. A follower (possibly a patient of leprosy, notice his bandage) is bringing in a baby calf just as Gandhi is engaged in a meeting.

V.N. O'key
Gandhi with Badashah Khan and Kasturba
The "Gandhis"
"Frontier Gandhi" Badashah Khan, Mahatma Gandhi, and Kasturba Gandhi

I sometimes refer to this picture as "Taller than Gandhi" because it really shows how tall Badshah Khan (known as "Frontier Gandhi") is compared to the Gandhi couple.

V.N. O'key
Mahadev Desai and Gandhi
Mahadev Desai and Gandhi
Mahadev Desai worked as Gandhi's secretary and most famous as the translator of Gandhi's autobiography, "The Story of My Experiments with Truth"

I adore this photograph of Mahadev Desai and Gandhi, not only because it captures the closeness of the two great men, but because it is a rare photograph of the former. In fact, I could not identify him for a long time, because I had never seen his picture.

V.N. O'key
Gandhi with a Lady Companion
Gandhi with a Lady 

Gandhi had a notorious weakness for "experimenting with young women" -- especially in developing his ability to conquer sexual feelings. These experiments have been a matter of great controversy and criticism by those who didn't approve, or understand them. The photograph shows Gandhi with an unidentified young woman at his compound, engaged perhaps in small talk. There is a boy playing nearby.

V.N. O'key
Thoughtful Gandhi
"Difficult Dilemma"

This amazing photograph catches Gandhi in a great dilemma --notice his thoughtful wrinkles on forehead and an uncomfortable smile , as he reads some worrisome correspondence. It is amusing because most people think Gandhi as someone having answers for everything.

Of course a day with Gandhi is never complete without running into other famous people. Shown below: Gandhi with Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore  and with Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya 

V.N. O'key/Kamat's Potpourri
Tagore and Gandhi
Tagore and Gandhi
The two leading thinkers of 20th century India

With Famous Visitors

V.N. O'key/Kamat's Potpourri
Gandhi with Malaviya
Gandhi with Malaviya
Village of Sevagram, Gujarat



See Also:

Mahatma Gandhi Album

Table of Contents

Biography Article
Man and Wheel _Picture_
Gandhi -Timeline
Churchill & Gandhi Article
Dandi March _Picture_
On Education Quote
On Jews Article
Autobiography Article
Gandhi & Women Article
Ask Gandhi  Q & A
"Leader Lead" _Picture_
Leather Puppet _Picture_
Gandhi on Gita Quote
Photo Quilt
Voice Clip Sound
Boy Gandhi _Picture_
As a Lawyer _Picture_
Day with Gandhi Slideshow
Visit to Sevashram Article
Gandhi by Laxman _Picture_
Gandhiji Quotes Quote
Radhakrishnan on Gandhi
Gandhi Cartoon _Picture_
Man & Wife  _Picture_
On Bhagat Singh Quote
ASCII Gandhi
Gandhi Rangoli _Picture_
Portrait _Picture_
Gandhi Stamps
Gandhi Painting _Picture_
Miracle Worker _Picture_
Alphabetical Index
Internet links
Satyagraha Article
Eulogy by Nehru Article
Gandhi Currency _Picture_
Hind Swaraj ArticleArticle
Gandhi Pictures _Picture_ _Picture_


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