Gandhi Before India
    Gandhi Before India (English, Hardcover, Ramachandra Guha)

    Gandhi Before India  (English, Hardcover, Ramachandra Guha)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Allen Lane
    • ISBN: 9780670083879, 0670083879
    • Edition: 2013
    • Pages: 688
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    Flipkart official Review

    There have been a lot of books written on Gandhi. On his life, but mostly on the non-violence movement started by him. We have also read a lot on the Mahatma in school and college perhaps and yet there is very little we know about him as a person. Ramachandra Guha takes on a territory which he is most comfortable. He traces the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi before he became the Mahatma in his new book, “Gandhi before India”.

    “Gandhi before India” lets readers into the Gandhi that probably very few people knew of. The book focuses mainly on Gandhi’s early years in London and South Africa and how they shaped his ideologies and philosophy. The writing is stark and uncomplicated. It may not compel you to turn the pages, however it does give you space to mull and ponder between chapters about Gandhi and the great soul he ultimately turned out to be. A must read for all history and non-history buffs.


    Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha is a wonderfully written book on M. K.Gandhi before he became the greatest leader of India. This book describes those little-known experiences in the young Gandhi’s life that ultimately turned him into a Mahatma.

    Summary Of The Book

    There is no dearth for books on India’s greatest leader, Mahatma Gandhi, and probably, there is no one in the world who does not know the details of the life of the Mahatma. However, in penning Gandhi Before India, the author Ramachandra Guha goes into uncharted territory as this book throws light on the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, before he became a Mahatma.

    Gandhi Before India, the first of a two-volume biography of Mahatma Gandhi, traces the life journey of M. K. Gandhi from 1869 to 1914. This is the time period that begins with the birth of the boy Mohandas, and ends with the return of the lawyer Gandhi to India after having carried out a successful revolution in South Africa.

    What sets this book apart from many others on Mahatma Gandhi is the fact that it allows readers to take a peek into the life of the Gandhi that very few people have any knowledge about. By focusing on the childhood days of Gandhi and his two decades of stay in the African continent, the book gives insights into what experiences shaped the ideologies and philosophies that the Mahatma followed in his later life.

    Essentially, Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha paints a vivid picture of a young Gandhi. If the book speaks about his experiments with various cults and his friendships with those belonging to different religions, it also openly talks about his enemies, rivals and failures in life. The clarity and detailing with which Guha has presented little known facts about Gandhi show how deeply he has researched the subject to lay bare the truth in an uncomplicated manner.

    Published in October 2013, Gandhi Before India is a must-read account of social history and biography for historians and everyone else who deeply respect the Mahatma. Although the writing is simple, there are portions in the book that compel the reader to ponder about the great soul, Gandhi.

    About Ramachandra Guha

    Born in 1958 in Dehra Dun, India, Ramachandra Guha is a well-known historian and author from India, who has written on a variety of subjects such as politics, environment and sports.

    Guha’s other works include Makers of Modern India, Wickets in the East, Environmentalism: A Global History, Spin and Other Turns, and The States of Indian Cricket.

    Guha has a Master’s degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. Guha went on to earn a doctorate by researching on the Chipko Movement. Currently based in Bangalore, Guha taught in various universities spread across India, North America and England from 1985 to 2000. In 2011, Guha was appointed at the London School of Economics as the Philippe Roman Chair of International Affairs and History. Guha has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Padma Bhushan. The book, India After Gandhi, won him the 2011 Sahitya Akademi Award.

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    Book Details
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      • ALLEN LANE
    • Publication Year
      • 2013 October
    • Authored By
      • Ramachandra Guha
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    Magnum Opus

    The eminent historian Ramachandra Guha's latest book, 'Gandhi Before India' will radically alter our understanding and appreciation of one of the greatest human beings to have ever lived. Based on a wealth of new and original research, this magnum opus explores the dramatic and profoundly moving experiments of the iconoclast truth seeker, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

    Francis Kuriakose

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    6 Oct, 2013

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    Gandhi Before India

    Really a good read about the man whom we know as the father of our nation.
    It gives a detail about how this man became the Mahatma as we know him now.
    Great write sir!
    Flip kart packaging, again, superb!!!


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    13 May, 2014

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    another one added to the tally of guha's magic .comprehensive analyst.great work!!!!!!
    tribute to bapu on his birthday.a complete whole set of Gandhi giri embedded in to the pages of this fine work


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    6 Oct, 2013

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    Good but not captivating

    I expected it to be a masterpiece like India after Gandhi, so may be, I was left a little disappointed. It gives a fair account about our struggles in the African Nation and the spirit of patriotism shown by the various countrymen who helped the cause from time to time. This book takes us through the journey of Gandhi from a struggler to a person of repute. Do not expect anything, and you shall enjoy.

    Tarun Bagri

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    2 Jun, 2015


    Great insight!

    Bought this after reading Mr. Guha's India After Gandhi. Initially thought this wouldn't be as interesting as India After Gandhi, but I was pleasantly surprised. Mr. Guha has expertly chronicled Gandhi's early life before he returned to India and joined the Indian freedom struggle. This book has certainly enhanced my appreciation for the life, work and importance of Gandhi. Something I hope the rest of my current generation gets a chance to be aware aware of as well.

    Viv O

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    12 Nov, 2014


    Know real Gandhi and making of Mahatma

    Guha was able to show us how Gandhi transformed from a young Gujarati lawyer to a Mahatma through the perspective on Gandhi and his initiatives in various aspects of life, politics, human relations, religion, etc. from his followers, his critics, his friends and foes, contemporary biographers. A book which provokes you to do what Gandhi did. A book which shows naked nationalism, selflessness, love for dignity to all, a courage par excellence and a movement (Passive resistance) which changed t...

    Ankur Pogula

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    12 May, 2014


    Mind Blowing

    One of the best book I have ever read. I started reading it by thinking that it will take ages for me to read the entire book. But the information was so interesting that I could not stop myself from reading it and finished it within weeks. A must read for Mahatma Gandhi lovers.

    Dipankar Biswas

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    28 Mar, 2014


    Worth reading

    Another well researched book from Ramchandra Guha. Although its a biography from a historian, it is not like one fact after the other. It reads in flow. No jargon. A worth reading for all those wanting to understand making of Gandhiji.

    Raghunandan Velankar

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    28 Mar, 2014


    Must read book...

    Without doubt this is the best book written about Gandhiji's life prior to his return to India..
    Ramchandra guha is one the most insightful historian this is a thoroughly researched and well written book.. And coming to Flipkart services, I am just loving it..

    Vikram Patil

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    3 Feb, 2014



    very prompt delivery.
    attractively priced. good paper quality and well bound.

    the book - still reading. interesting, highly readable and informative.

    unknown indian

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    8 Jan, 2014

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