The title of this volume ‘100 Tributes’ can be interpreted in two ways: these are 100 tributes to the father of the nation by Rameshbhai in form of 100 portraits… It can also be perceived as one tribute each by 100 of Gandhiji’s contemporaries… Hence, the full title: ‘100 Tributes to Gandhiji on his 100 Portraits by his 100 contemporaries in their own handwriting’. This volume contains 100 portraits of Mahatma Gandhi sketched by Rameshbhai along with handwritten tribute by Gandhiji’s associate/contemporary on it. Care has been taken to reproduce the original sketches as faithfully as the technology permits. These portraits are arranged in the chronological order of the date on which the tribute was given. The Original sketches are printed on the recto right-hand page of the book, while the facing left page contains the details like verbatim script of the original write-up along with its translation in other two languages. The page also gives the details like the name of the tribute giver in English, Hindi and Gujarati language; short introduction of that personality; the date on which the tribute was given and the original language in which the tribute is written.
Author(s) : Ramesh Thaakar (રમેશ ઠાકર)
This journey, retracing the steps of the Mahatma and those who walked with him ninety years ago to break the draconian Salt Law, scours through what the winds of time has left behind. It attempts to recover, rebuild stories lost in the dusty doorways leading through mud-ways and paved pathways, dried up reservoirs and river-ways, maidans with or without the luxurious canopies of banyan trees where the marchers had tread or rested and where Gandhiji addressed the local populace. It is a forgotten hinterland barely traversed since, but Anuj Ambalal’s penetrating lens uncovers it all, peeling walls of amnesia layer by layer. And indeed each of these has a story to tell. Not only the tales of the indefatigable marchers but also of the people who stood steadfastly by the questing soul who led them. Charged with the spirit of the marchers as though joining them, these images have turned many a site into visions of searing clarity: no matter that they represent the pristine world of nature or the most mundane spectacle of urban existence. Gulammohammed Sheikh August 23, 2020
Author(s) : Dr. Ramesh Kapadia (ડો. રમેશ કાપડિયા)