|Mahatma Gandhi Album|
A Day with Gandhi
All Photographs by V.N. O'key
First Online: June 17, 2005
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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