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The Man Before The Mahatma

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At the age of eighteen, a shy and timid Mohandas Gandhi leaves his home in Gujarat for a life on his own. At forty-five, a confident and fearless Gandhi, ready to boldly lead his country to freedom, returns to India.

What transforms him?

The law.

The Man before the Mahatma is the first biography of Gandhi’s life in the law. It follows Gandhi on his journey of self-discovery d
Hardcover, 456 pages
Published 2012 by Random House India
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Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
There is something about skimming through the pages of history, when you discover that History was once like this Chinese term “Dangxia” which means “now and here”. This is to say that history had a history and a present- like metadata, which means data about data. I have grown up reading about Gandhi’s ideas backwards, so we go back from reading about Nations’ freedom in 1947 to how his ideas helped achieving it. Charles DiSalvo takes this extremely challenging but brilliantly fascinating task ...more
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Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Is history the product of strong-minded individuals who impose their will on the forces of society? Or is it the product of the forces of society that impose themselves on individuals? Or, as many think, are there any clear lines?

Mahatma Gandhi does not need any introduction. But a shy and timid Mohandas Gandhi, who at the age of eighteen had left his home in Gujarat for a life on his own: perhaps does. It is most likely that nobody noticed him when he had arrived on the S.S. Clyde on September
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
It'a always interesting to read books on the Mahatma - am not sure if would have bought this title. But I had heard of it (am an avid reader of reviews) and picked it up a bound copy for 100Rs at the Darya Ganj Sunday market. Was well worth the money - it focuses the various cases Gandhi fought as a lawyer during his South African days. He started with faith in the English legal system - after all he was trained in London. But, the Boer-British conflict and the turbulent politics of immigration, ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
In THE STORY OF MY EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH Bapu has not written much about his professional life as a lawyer . The reason may be that Bapu wrote THE STORY OF MY EXPERIMENTS WITH TRUTH during the 1920 s ,by this time Bapu had developed a very deep disdain for lawyers/law.If Bapu had compromised with his principles then he would have been successful as a lawyer .In "The Man Before The Mahatma" the author gives many instances during which Bapu had to choose between principles(like honesty ,truth) an ...more
Pradeep Kumar
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am half way through this legal biography. As a practising Litigator, I am able to appreciate MKG life in Court. A very good book.
Finally completed reading this book, this book is not for the faint hearted non litigator layperson.
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