in honor of gandhi & for independence around the world

see the first recorded video [with sound] of gandhi, my hero.

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new liberry book

‘india after gandhi: the history of the world’s largest democracy ‘ by ramachandra guha.  just got tonight from the liberry, will dig in and report back, btw, it is extra thick, like a couple of inches..hopefully like the snow on saturday!

gandhi’s position by gps

from my seafaring friend rick,” By the way the Latitude and Longitude for Gandhi is 40,44’07.93”N x 073,59’28.81” W ”

-also forecast still calling for snow showers!! :]

gandhi, my father – the film, he’s not my father..

film told from the perspective of one of gandhi’s children, harilal, written and directed by feroz khan.  harilal had a very painful relationship with his father and basically struggled with an identity crisis during his entire life.  his father wanted him to work with him in his missions and hari wanted to go to study at the university to become a barrister and stand upon on his own feet.  he was disowned by gandhi several times and would disappear into india to work, be with and take care of his own family, and to try to formulate his own life as he wanted.  his wife died at an early age and he fell into drinking for escape. the movie is pretty good, the story being most interesting.

this film gives a window into his wife kasturba also, who really is only seen as a cameo in ‘Gandhi’.  gandhi was father to india, those who were closest to him dealt with and sacrificed much.

link to idmb & trailer

image © anil kapoor films company

Gandhi, the movie

biography of  mohatmas gandhi, directed by richard attenborough, i watched this as a kid & it certainly struck a chord with me!

watched this again recently, it is an incredible epic film.  ben kingsley’s debut perfomance is excellent and i love the cameos by martin sheen & candice bergen.

favorite quotes from film:

albert einstein – ” future generations will scarce believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and blood.”

mohatma gandhi – “happiness does not come from things, it comes from work and pride in what you do”

“Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always.”

link to trailer and imdb site.

image © columbia pictures

gandhi liked to make his own clothing

he became skilled at creating homespun, refusing to buy british goods which destroyed local economies, gandhi only bought local or rather, handmade his own clothing, as did his wife & disciples. he was a strong proponent of removing poverty in small villages by bringing back their local skills and boycotting expensive imports.  i learned this after beginning the project & thought it was a wonderful connecting point.