Remembering the Mahatma a day in advance…

Hi again :)

Just thought it would be a good idea to remember the Mahatma a day in advance..

This is my inconsequential tribute to the greatest soul India has ever produced. I have drawn so many faces…but those eyes and that smile….so simple and therefore so powerful. Tomorrow is his birthday which is celebrated worldwide as the International day of Non-violence. The honorific “Mahatma” was first applied to him by none other than the greatest poet of India, Rabindranath Tagore. As a practitioner of ahimsa, Gandhi swore to speak the truth and advocated that others do the same. He lived modestly in a self-sufficient residential community and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven from yarn that he had spun by hand himself. He ate simple vegetarian food, experimented for a time with a fruitarian diet, and undertook long fasts as a means of both self-purification and social protest.

The funniest thing about him is that he never did win the Nobel Prize for peace! Can you imagine that? Although he was nominated for five times. Decades later, the Nobel Committee publicly regretted this omission.

But then Gandhi is much more than a Nobel Prize.

The best thing the Indian Government has done is to put him on currency notes. So, we get to see him everyday with or without wanting it. But then, there is a lot of difference between seeing a face and remembering the simple and powerful ideas that the face stands for…

Wish we could all follow our father‘s footsteps!


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