Mahatma Gandhi and His Apostles

Ved Mehta’s book on Gandhi (1977) is one of the great portraits of the political leader. Travelling the world to talk to Gandhi’s family, friends and followers, drawing his daily life in exacting detail, Mehta gives us a nuanced and complex picture of the great man and brings him vividly alive.

Its conductor, a Boer, would not let Gandhi sit inside with him and his other
passengers, who all happened to be Europeans that day, but said he must sit
next to the coachman, on the coach box. Gandhi protested but did as he was
bidden.