The Story of My The experiments of truth pdf with Truth. Cover page of 1993 reprint by Beacon Press.
Gandhi, who encouraged him to explain the background of his public campaigns. In 1999, the book was designated as one of the “100 Best Spiritual Books of the 20th Century” by a committee of global spiritual and religious authorities. In this preface Desai notes that the book was originally published in two volumes, the first in 1927 and second in 1929. 50,000 copies had been sold in Gujarati but since the English edition was expensive it prevented Indians from purchasing it. Desai notes the need to bring out a cheaper English version. He also mentions that the translation has been revised by an English scholar who did not want his name to be published. Chapters XXIX-XLIII of Part V were translated by Desai’s friend and colleague Pyarelal.
He mulls over the question a friend asked him about writing an autobiography, deeming it a Western practice, something “nobody does in the east”. Gandhi himself agrees that his thoughts might change later in life but the purpose of his story is just to narrate his experiments with truth in life. He also says that through this book he wishes to narrate his spiritual and moral experiments rather than political. The first part narrates incidents of Gandhi’s childhood, his experiments with eating meat, smoking, drinking, stealing and subsequent atonement.