Albert Einstein said of Gandhi: "Generations to come will scarcely believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and blood.".
Gandhi was an extraordinarily complex man. Along with his better-known qualities, he was a believer in the central truth of all religions, he was a passionate vegetarian, wrote many books, was a qualified lawyer and had a fascination with his urine.
Reading this book won't leave you with the impression that he was flawless, indeed he can be downright annoying and stubborn in sections of the book. What is the beautiful thing about him, the thing that set him apart from so many others, was his absolute conviction to live according to his ideals.
As a London educated lawyer, a comfortable life would have been assured for him, however, he could not live such a life in a world teeming with injustice, and he had the self-belief that he could do something about it. In a world where compassionate ideals are dismissed as foolishness, here is a man who was prepared to stand for them to the point of great physical harm. In overcoming the British Empire's 100-year occupation of his homeland, he changed the world through his gift of an example of non-violent struggle, and for this, he will be remembered long after we are gone.
Gandhi is one of the great men of history who succeeded against vast odds and learning about him is a powerful tool for one's own life.
"I can see in the midst of death, life persists, in the midst of untruth, truth persists, in the midst of darkness, light persists." - Mohandas K. Gandhi