Saturday, March 07, 2009


He had lived for years as an ascetic, simultaneously carving out a place for himself in history as a politician-philosopher, proponent of Satyagraha.

Satyagraha. It was oxymoronic, this concept of nonviolent resistance. Oxymoronic but effective. The British Raj was finished.

He fingered his homespun loincloth, deep in contemplation. Is this how I want to be remembered? A wizened little man in a fucking diaper? What about my dream of being in a Bollywood musical? I can cut a rug with the best of ’em... even if it’s an Oriental rug!

Two weeks later, the Gandhi Dancers opened to rave reviews.

[The topic of Weekly Challenge #151 at Laurence Simon’s 100 Word Stories Podcast is “What Would Gandhi Do?”]

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