From Gujarat Vidyapith to Sabarmati Ashram, Mahatma Gandhi bicycled for the first time since his South African days, to reach evening prayers in time, 1928.
Puratom Buch in the National Herald:
In 1928, Gandhiji had come to a meeting in the Vidyapith from the ashram. The meeting was held in the evening, and it was attended by some citizens. It was decided that Gandhiji would return to the ashram with some one of them by car. Accidentally, it so happened that no car was left at the end of the meeting. It was about 5.30 in the evening. When Gandhiji came out into the compound of the Vidyapith, he had to reach the ashram in time for the evening meals at my cost. “Only twenty minutes are left. How can I reach there in time? Asked Bupu. “What could be done now?” We were also puzzled and began to stare at each other’s faces. Kaka Kalelkar had to go with Gandhiji, looking at his watch which was hanging down his waist, said to me: “Can you bring a cycle?”.“Most certainly,” said I, “but …….”I was hesitating to reply wondering how he would be able to ride a cycle at his age. “But ….why?’ Gandhiji interrupted. “Would you be able to ride it?” asked I. “You bring a cycle and then see,” said Bapu laughingly. Immediately two cycles were brought, one for Gandhiji and one for Kaka Sahib. It was decided that they should begin cycling after reaching the main road leading to the ashram. I began to lead Bapu’s cycle. “I hope you will be able to guide me properly,” said Bapu in a jocular tone. “Yes, why not? But do you know it well or not?” I asked. “It is very easy to mount the cycle, but I hope your cycle would not collide with anything.” Both Bapu and I roared with laughter. “No,... read more
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