As the city celebrated the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi the father of the nation, we heard that the Nagpur Book Club also did but with a difference. The said group organized the Book Club meeting that discussed the theme of Gandhi in it. While talking about the same, Mrs. Mridulata Chouharia was the one who initiated the discussion. She presented her views with her book called ‘My Experiments with Truth’ which happens to be a subtle autobiography of Gandhi.
This book has a serialized publication and was presented by the Nav Jeevan a popular magazine that was edited by Gandhi in the year 1928. A column devoting articles on Gandhi’s regular experiments in his day to day life. She then introduced the panel who was discussing Mahatma Gandhi. Kuldip Gupta while talking on the theme called Bapu as a wily politician, and Mr. Vijay Barange remembered him for his simplicity and far-reaching vision. The session unleased the diverse facets of Gandhi Ji and his life.
His initial years were discussed and people were reminded how he left London to pursue his law degree in 1889. He lived in the UK and South Africa for 22 years. His role in the Round Table Conference in the year 1932 was also discussed with Ambedkar as well. Dr. Tejinder Singh Rawal who is a known Urdu poet also read some ghazals and nazms on Gandhi Ji. The ghazal by Sahir Ludhianvi- Gandhi ho a Ghalib ho- was reviewed critically in the season. Lastly, Rohit Tokhi presented some humorous aspects of Gandhi with the essay called The Humour of Gandhi.