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Published May 11th 2012 (first published December 1st 1917)
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May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I read it, especially for "Ahimsa."
Sidharth Vardhan
A collection of essays in which Gandhi shares his views on different subjects. He appears to be much more human than he is made out when you read him directly - a down-to-earth in search of truth with al intellectual honesty. But his idealism seems to be abstract, too far away from reality; than he is defending some opressive systems like caste system and I, personally, never like politicians who ask sacrifices from innocent masses.

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Anil Swarup
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
How relevant are these writings of Mahatma even today. The cramped and unclean existence in a third class apartment is true of the railways even today even though some improvements have indeed come around. However, what is more remarkable is the conviction with which these articles have been written. This conviction emanates from what he personally experienced. He shares these experiences in an extremely simple manner so that anyone can understand and relate to what he wrote.
Gandhi makes a stro
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
Six essays, the first of which is ... FUNNY ! Yep, never thought I'd read anything by Gandhi so witty and sarcastic, but there I was, laughing aloud in my seat. (The remaining five are ok)

Quotes :

“On the way, passengers got tea tannin water with filthy sugar… I can vouch for the appearance, but I cite the testimony of the passengers as to the taste.”

“Refreshments sold to the passengers were dirty-looking, handed by dirtier hands, coming out of filthy receptacles, and weighed in equally una
Abhijeet Jain
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Collection of 6 essays by Gandhi, reflecting condition of Indians in the colonial India & his ideology. Essays are filled with Gandhi's wit, also most of them were written when he wasn't famous.

The essay on Indian railways reflects his concern for the fellow Indians & "Ahinsa" essay clears the doubts raised by others on his ideology.

Glad that I read this book.
Gandhi was forty five when he returned to India - the land he had left as a teenager, the land that was now completely alien to him. As the hero of the South Africa he was extended several invitations by the Congress to join the nascent ‘national freedom struggle’. He politely refused them; instead he chose to travel. He travelled extensively throughout the subcontinent, mostly on trains. The main purpose of such a venture, as he had said himself was ‘to get a grasp of the life’ in India.

Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, weekend-reads
This book is a collection of six essays by Gandhi. They are


The first essay is about poverty in India, especially when Gandhi traveled in trains across India. The second essay is about the importance of Indian vernacular languages. The next three essays are about Swadeshi, Ahimsa and Co-operation. In the essay national essay he response to an author about
Shabana Mukhtar
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I knew he wrote, but I had only heard about 'Experiments with Truth'. This one, I just found on Amazon, and liked it instantly.

The first of the six essays, after which the book is named is most hilarious one. Almost entire essay was worth highlighting, I would share only two.

Is it any wonder that plague has become endemic in India? Any other result is impossible where passengers always leave some dirt where they go and take more on leaving.

the Viceroy, the Commander-in-Chief, the Rajas, Maharaj
Roopkumar Balachandran
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gandhian
Third Class in Indian Railways is the essays and letters written by Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1917. The six essays are :

1. Third class in Indian Railways
2. Vernaculars as Media of Instruction
3. Swadeshi
4. Ahimsa
5. The Moral basis of Co-operation
6. National Dress

Not much have changed about the hygienic condition in the railways. Gandhi mentions about bribes given by the passengers and their behaviour. He finally asks that the fares paid by third class passengers were not offered even 1/10th of w
Sonal Panse
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Gandhi writes well, and with good sense and humor.

Excerpts -

"In neglecting the third class passengers, opportunity of giving a splendid education to millions in orderliness, sanitation, decent composite life and cultivation of simple and clean tastes is being lost. Instead of receiving an object lesson in these matters third class passengers have their sense of decency and cleanliness blunted during their travelling experience."

"Too often do we believe that material prosperity means moral growt
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Some great philosophical essays--except for the second-to-last one, in which I had no idea most of the time what Gandhi was even talking about. I especially liked his take on the Indian railway system. Having recently experienced it for myself, I can say with confidence that not much has changed over the last hundred years.
Ninad Kashid
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
An apt comparison of India in the early 20th century to the then third class compartments of Indian Railways. This book is about the similarities in the plight of people travelling in the railways to the plight of people in British Ruled India, and how can they use Gandhi's ideology to move above it and also create sustenance and growth for the nation. This book stands true for today's times too.

Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well, reading a book about what was the situation in India almost a hundred years prior to today was a fascinating, but it's more of a collection of papers written about various topics than anything else.

Read once for sure to have a picture of what pre-modern India looked like. You won't regret even if you skip this.
Sung-Gi Kim
Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it
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In neglecting the third class passengers, opportunity of giving a splendid education to millions in orderliness, sanitation, decent composite life and cultivation of simple and clean tastes is being lost. Instead of receiving an object lesson in these matters third class passengers have their sense of decency and cleanliness blunted during their travelling experience. Among the many suggestions that can be made for dealing with the evil here described, I would respectfully in
Srikumar Krishna Iyer
Nice little book on the views of Mahatma Gandhi on the following topics:

Indian Railways: Plight of the peasants travelling in the third class compartments, which were always overcrowded and dirty too. He stresses on the fact that the rich folks should take some time off and sometimes travel in these classes to understand the pain felt by the poor people.
Mother-tongue as a medium of Instruction: He has stressed on usage of respective mother tongues to be used for educating the masses, so that
Kushal Srivastava
This is a collection of 6 essays from by Gandhi pre-1917. The title of the book is from the first essay on the prevailing conditions of third class compartments in Indian railways. I used to regularly travel in third class (now days called general class during my undergrad days (2003-2008)) and I can vouch that whatever Gandhi describes in the first essay has not changed a bit. The washrooms are equally horrible (“I say without fear of challenge that it was pestilentially dirty”) , the compartme ...more
Kiran Kumili
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic collection of six published papers of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1916 and 1917, over a variety of subjects like 1) His personal experience during his travel in 3rd Class compartment of the then Indian Railways, 2)Importance of Vernacularism and mother tongue in medium of instruction with classic world examples of any country with a rich cultural heritage, 3) His own ideology of Swadeshi movement and its impact on self sustenance of local skill sets and its protection from foreign ec ...more
Historically interesting. Good texture and context of the history behind I've actually read very little by Gandhi, and it's interesting to experience his thoughts in his own words. Like The Communist Manifesto, one wonders what the author would make of the world of today... which is somewhat evolved from the inequities of their time, but also very much the same in many regards.

Gandhi says, for example, that the officials of the Raj (Brit colonial govt) should be required to ride Third Class, wit
This book is basically collection of essays, each of which contains views of Gandhiji on different issues and ideas:

1. Condition of Third Class coaches in Indian Rails
2. Vernacular as media of education
3. Swadeshi
4. Ahimsa
5. Co-operation
6. National Dress

From this list, I found reading of # 3 and 5 very tiresome in a sense that they are either not translated properly or lack proper context. They seem like collection of just abstract sentences. I've previously read Gandhi's view on those two topic
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The manner of writing is eloquent in this tiny book. Gandhi shares his views on six different topics, including the conditions of traveling 3rd class on India's railways. A short read at 48 pages, each of the topics discussed in the book nonetheless carry with them greater context with which more experienced readers of Gandhi would understand keenly, but also inspire those less familiar with the views and philosophy of Gandhi to reach out to other books written by him.
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
A collection of six essays of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The book gives Gandhiji’s point of view on the essays. The essay ‘Third Class in Indian Railways’ essay is a realistic one. It seems the conditions of Railways are no different in today’s time too; this is the hard reality of travel. The other topics include Swadeshi, National dress, the moral basis of co – operation, Ahimsa and Vernaculars as media of instruction. The book is a light and a quick read.
Keerthi Kiran
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The collection of essays gives an insight into the method to Gandhi's madness. His ideology despite the context in these books is hard to grasp, but the essays provide a glimpse into the basis for some of his convictions. His views on Swarajya, caste, religion, ahimsa, and language are interesting, yet not convincing. These essays do inspire enough interest to study the basis for the complex legacy and ideology of Gandhi.
Viswanathan Venkataraman
Six short essays, the first is the best, as we who have travelled extensively by train in our younger days have experiecned what he wrote in 1920's even as late as in the 60's.
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Philosophers, historians, political activists
This book is a collection of letters and short, philosophical treatises by Gandhi. It's more for the Gandhi/philosophy/political-activisism enthusiast than anyone else. If you're looking to learn about Gandhi, I'd recommend reading his autobiography first ("An Autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth") and then continuing on to this if you're still interested.
Mallika Soni
Ok, It contains six essays of a Self-fashioned identity called Gandhi. The essays are related to his "ideals" and his experiences in India. The book does contain a kind of justification that Gandhi gives for his Superior ideals and so on. It can be considered as a beginner to reading about Gandhi and what he believed in.
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
An interesting collection of short essays written by Gandhi covering the railways, religion, culture and beliefs. The title essay is about poverty and class. The other pieces are all insights into the mind of a great thinker, activist and human being.
Pretty short volume. I dont know how these were selected. I don't think they give a particularly broad view of Gandhi's thought, but if you are just seeking to build up some familiarity with him this isn't a bad addition to your database.
Robin The Rabbit
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I like it

I like it

small kinda stories delineates the situation in that era. this is the second book I read from the author, as usual the writing style is simple yet effective.
Vikas Lather
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't agree with Gandhi on political spectrum, however it cannot stop me from appreciating the intellectual honesty, incredible simplicity and fascinating observation he has shown to write accounts on Indian Railways

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world.

The son of a senior government official, Gandhi was born and raised in a Hindu Bania community in coastal Gu
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