Gandhi

Today,

I visited

the house where Gandhi lived

In Mumbai.

 

I learned about his

travels

to London and Durban

and round the houses

and

back to Bombay (Making me think of my grandfather who travelled Riga to Glasgow then Ceylon and Australia around the same time; perhaps they were ship-mates?)

As it was then

and is now

Mumbai.

 

He was quite a character.

 

I was fascinated by his correspondence

with

Tolstoy

yes,

Count Leonid

of

War

&

Peace

fame.

 

And

his love

of challenging,

questioning,

opposing,

the cultural and social norms.

 

down to meeting the Royals

In his

Sandals.

 

beautiful.

 

A shame,

A little

That the place is worn-down,

Cracked plaster

And

Rusting

Wrought-iron.

But that,

whilst adding to the essence of the place

is consistent

with the city as a whole.

 

Hot,

Burnt

and

Honest.

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1 Comment

  1. It does seem sad that Ghandi’,s house is dilapidated but maybe fitting. Amazing and interesting that he corresponded with Tolstoy – in Hindi …… in Russian? In your Grandfather’,s time too – an adventuring traveller, brings it almost within living memory …….connections , Atmospheric impressions of people, an era and a city.

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