Which is the correct title of Mohandas K. Gandhi’s autobiography?
The correct answer is ‘The Story of My Experiments with Truth’, an autobiography written by Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948). It covers his life from early childhood through to 1921. He was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist who employed nonviolent resistance to lead a successful campaign for India’s independence from British rule.
His autobiography was written in weekly installments and published in ‘Gujarati’ an Indo-Aryan language native to the Indian state of Gujarat. The name of this journal in Gujarati is ‘Navjivan’, published from 1925 to 1929. English versions appeared in installments in his other journal called ‘Young India’. Encouraged by co-workers, Gandhi explained the background of his public campaigns in his autobiography.
In 1999, his autobiography was designated as one of the “100 Best Spiritual Books of the 20th Century” by a committee of global spiritual and religious authorities. Gandhi wrote the introduction to his autobiography outlining his purpose- to narrate his experiments with truth in life. He also writes that his autobiography was intended to a story of his spiritual and moral experiments rather than political.
Written in five parts, the story unfolds and follows the events in his life from early childhood, his time as an attorney in Africa through his adult life. His ‘Farewell” to readers states that he never intended the book to be an autobiography, but a tale of experiments with life and with truth.