New Delhi (India), January 16: “Ek Anjaan Gandhi Ki Atmakatha,” written by Natwar Gandhi and translated into Marathi by Sushma Shaligram, invites readers on a journey through the unknown life of a Gandhi. The book shares stories of wisdom and strength, revealing how this person overcame financial challenges in Mumbai and succeeded in America. The autobiography provides a unique look into the life of an individual who faced difficulties but ultimately achieved prosperity.
Raj Purohit, former minister and Mumbai BJP president, graced the release of its Marathi edition, underlining the significance of Gandhi’s journey. Reflecting on the book, Purohit emphasized the struggles and triumphs depicted in the autobiography. Gandhi’s life story showcases the unstoppable human spirit, starting from the harsh economic conditions in Mumbai to reaching influential positions in Washington.
In a recent event, the Marathi edition of the book marked a milestone in the book’s journey, resonating with the cultural diversity of India. The book, released initially in Gujarati in 2016, followed by an English edition in 2019 and a Hindi edition in 2023, continues to captivate readers across linguistic boundaries. Chand Kumawat is the Chairman of Maneesh Media, the book’s publisher titled “The Autobiography of an Unknown Gandhi.”
Natwar Gandhi’s roots trace back to Savarkundla, where he began his educational journey, pursuing B.Com and L.L.B. in Mumbai. His early career unfolded in the mills of Mulji Jetha Market and various companies, laying the foundation for a remarkable trajectory that eventually led him to the United States. He earned an MBA and a PhD in America while imparting knowledge at esteemed institutions like the University of Pittsburgh and American University.
From 1976 to 1997, Gandhi served as Deputy Director for Tax Policy and Administration at the General Accounting Office (GAO), a watchdog agency of the US Congress. His journey continued as he assumed the Tax Commissioner of Washington role in 1997. He later held the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from 2000 to 2014, overseeing the administration and management of Washington’s substantial $12 billion budget.
Gandhi’s contributions to the American taxation and financial sector earned him numerous accolades, including the prestigious Vishwagurjari Award in 1996 for enhancing Gujarat’s international standing. Beyond his fiscal responsibilities, Gandhi’s passion for poetry resulted in three published collections, offering a unique perspective on his experiences as an Indian living abroad.
Reflecting on his autobiography, Natwar Gandhi sheds light on the challenges faced by ordinary people in small Indian villages and the bustling city of Mumbai during the mid-twentieth century. His narrative goes beyond personal anecdotes, encapsulating his journey from Savarkundla to Washington and his role in fortifying the financial foundations of the capital city.
In a statement, Gandhi emphasized the broader themes explored in his autobiography, touching upon the diverse religious ideas, political ideologies, and the inevitability of death. Though rooted in budgetary matters, his work reveals a deep-seated interest in poetry, showcasing his love for the native land and introducing fresh themes to Gujarati literature.
As readers immerse themselves in the pages of “Ek Anjaan Gandhi Ki Atmakatha,” they witness the personal journey of Natwar Gandhi and gain insights into the socio-economic fabric of mid-century India. The autobiography bridges cultures and generations, resonating with the shared human experiences of resilience, triumph, and pursuing a better future.
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