I know that you might have come across hundreds of articles today on Gandhi, since it’s his birthday today. This is the same yet different. Because here we won’t tell you about the regular things about him. We will tell you about the quirky little details and stories related to the man. The country is divided in opinion about Gandhi. Some find him a great and an honourable man whereas some think that he was at fault for various events that occurred in India. We aren’t judging, We are just sharing interesting facts about Gandhi.
While boarding a train, one of Gandhi’s shoes accidentally fell off. He immediately removed the other one and threw it close to the first one. He thought that whoever finds them should have both.
Gandhi married Kasturba when he was just 13-year-old. He had to miss school for the wedding and eventually lost a year.
In 1931, when he made his first radio broadcast, the first thing he said was, “Do I have to speak into this thing?” That was the first thing people of United States heard him say.
The picture of Gandhi that appears on our currency is not a painting but a photograph by an unknown photographer shot in 1946. In the photo, he was smiling to an onlooker. It was converted into a mirror image and reproduced on the currency.
The gun carriage or caisson that bore Gandhi’s body during his funeral in 1948 was used in 1997 for Mother Teresa’s funeral.
Gandhi was in constant touch with Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy through letters.
When he went to meet Tagore in 1915, he greeted him saying,”Nameste Gurudev”. To which Tagore replied, “If I am Gurudev you are Mahatma”. Thus, the honour of ‘Mahatma’ got stuck.
He disliked photographers. Ironically, he was the one of the most photographed person during his times.
Strangely, he opposed modern technology, including modern medicine. He didn’t allow his wife to take life-saving penicillin. However, he got treated with quinine and even operated on for appendicitis.
For some reason, he didn’t allow his son Harilal to go to London to study Law. Later, due to non-reconcilable differences, he disowned Harilal.
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