Short Stories For Everyone
Inspiring incidents from Gandhiji's Life: Selected from the book Everyone's Gandhi
(For the children in the age group of 10 to 15 years)

Gandhiji writing


Gandhi's inspiring short stories selected from the book Everyone's Gandhi

Editor by : Rita Roy

Table of Contents

  1. All for A Stone
  2. A Car And A Pair of Binoculars
  3. My Master's Master
  4. Enter The Monkeys
  5. Premchand Quits His Job
  6. Returning His Medals
  7. Basic Pen
  8. Prisoner No. 1739
  9. Gandhi's White Brother
  10. Who Saw Gandhi?
  11. An Early School
  12. An Unusual March
  13. Spiritual Heir
  14. The Less You Have The More You Are
  15. An Old Goat Talks
  16. The Phoenix Settlement
  17. Gandhi in Amsterdam
  18. Something To Be Shy About?
  19. Gandhiji The Matchmaker
  20. Gandhi's Army
  21. Dandi Snippet
  22. Hiding Something
  23. The Image Maker
  24. Creative Reader
  25. Postcards To The Rescue
  26. A Non-violent Satyagraha 214 Years Ago
  27. Gandhi And Delhi
  28. Gandhiji's Constructive Programme
  29. Gandhi Looks At Leprosy
  30. Baba Amte
  31. They Gave Peace A Chance
  32. From Mahatma To God
  33. Customs Are Out of Fashion
  34. The Man 'Charlie' Wanted To Meet
  35. It Came Naturally To Him
  36. Crossing The Sea of Narrow-Mindedness
  37. Wear Clothes As They Should Be Worn
  38. Education: For Life, Through Life
  39. The Abode of Joy
  40. To Cling to A Belief
  41. The Fruit of A Child's Labour
  42. An Ideal Prisoner
  43. How A Film Became Something More
  44. Gandhi: Beyond India
  45. Gandhi's Life-Saving Medicine
  46. Understanding The Mechanics of Life With Gandhi
  47. The Lokmanya and The Mahatma
  48. Man's Gift To Nature
  49. Gurudev And His Mahatma
  50. One-man Boundary Force
  51. What Does Mahatma Gandhi's Message Mean To Me?
  52. Let's Play Together
  53. Children's Response To Conflict
  54. Beggar By Choice
  55. The Better Half
  56. Uncle Gandhi
  57. The Watch: An Instrument For Regulating Life
  58. Light The Lamp of Your Mind
  59. Gandhi's Bet!
  60. Gandhi Feeling At Home In The Kitchen
  61. What Is Simplicity?
  62. Bapu And The Sardar
  63. The Power of Quality
  64. Gandhi: The Teenager!

Chapter 19: Gandhiji The Matchmaker

K.S. Narayanaswamy

Gandhi has, of course, been regarded as a 'good man' and a 'great soul' (Mahatma). But there was also a time when he was the 'Best Man' in quite another way.
It was his friend Henry Polak who was responsible for this. Polak was in love with an English girl called Millie. But he was not sure whether he should marry her, as it would mean that she might have to settle in a place like South Africa. When Gandhi came to know about this, he wrote a letter to Millie and her father explaining the situation to them. On reading Gandhi's letter, Millie, who loved Polak dearly, decided to go to Africa and get married over there.
Now, in western weddings, the bridegroom chooses from among his friends and relatives one man he considers closest, to be with him during the ceremony, as the 'Best Man'.
Gandhi was Polak's 'Best Man' at his wedding to Millie. Since Millie was a Christian and Henry a Jew, the marriage had to be registered with the registrar of marriages. But a problem arose. Gandhi was an Indian and the English registrar would not accept him. Henry, on the other hand, refused to name any other man as his best man. Gandhi then had a talk with the magistrate. This gentleman was a good friend of his and readily agreed to register the marriage. And that is how, despite initial difficulties, Gandhi the good man became the best man.

Who was Henry Polak?
Gandhi's South Africa days were filled with struggles of all kinds. But along the way, he made many friends who, interestingly enough turned out to be white men. Henry Polak was one such English friend of Gandhi.
While working in Johannesburg as a sub-editor of an English newspaper called 'Critic', Polak fearlessly wrote against all social injustices around him. Later on, he joined Gandhi in his office after passing the necessary tests to become a practicing lawyer. Polak soon became a member of Gandhi's family and was an affectionate uncle to his children.