Happy Birthday M. K. Gandhi

I was listening to the radio over my morning coffee this morning when I heard that today is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi‘s birthday. I thought I’d have a peek and see if Open Library holds references to any of his writings. Turns out we do.

From Third Class in Indian Railways, one of a short series of essays including The Moral Basis of Co-operation, published in 1917:

The compartment itself was evil looking. Dirt was lying thick upon the wood work and I do not know that it had ever seen soap or water. (From Page 5)

Or from A Guide To Health, published in 1921.

Exercise is as much of vital necessity for man as air, water and food, in the sense that no man who does not take exercise regularly, can be perfectly healthy. By “exercise” we do not mean merely walking, or games like hockey, football or cricket; we include under the term all physical and mental activity. Exercise, even as food, is as essential to the mind as to the body. The mind is much weakened by want of exercise as the body, and a feeble mind is, indeed, a form of disease. (Page 59.)

We have many more titles by him, including translations and other works such as Indian Home Rule, The Pilgrim’s March & Freedom’s Battle. (Just look for the “View” link to read the texts, scanned by the Internet Archive.)

Happy Birthday to this great man in human history. And in general, I wonder how we might begin to deliver “timely history” for visitors to Open Library. What timely historic texts might we display, driven by the editorial of the day?

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3 Comments

  1. Posted October 5, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    This is a lovely reminder. Thank you!
    I think it would be interesting if you have any of the articles by Mr. George Seldes the journalist. He was an eyewitness in Europe during period of WWII. People are making a lot of remarks about socialism and tyranny based on this period as an example. I think it would be great to have an eyewitness account to clear things up and give us the facts.

  2. Posted October 5, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi Vicki,

    I did a quick (advanced) search on Open Library for the author “George Seldes” and there are a couple of things ditigized and online, available for you to read:

    http://openlibrary.org/search?ftokens=%2Cmhsncqbxgkup&wauthor=George+Seldes

    Hope this helps!

    Cheers,
    george

  3. Posted October 24, 2009 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Mahathma gandhiji wore loin cloth at karumuttu thiagarajan chettiar’s house on 22ndsep1921.govt.of tamilnadu has spent51 lacs andsarvodhaya show room is there at251 west masi street madurai

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