One day, Gandhi was working at his desk, when he suddenly realized that he had to leave at once to be in time for an appointment elsewhere. He started collecting his papers and arranging whatever he had on his desk with great care and method. Suddenly he stopped, and began to scan through everything that was on the desk. It looked as though he was looking for something that he had lost or misplaced. Kaka Saheb Kalelkar, one of Gandhi's associates, who was standing and watching could not help asking Gandhi, "What is it that you are looking for?" Gandhi replied that he was looking for a 'tiny pencil' of his, which should have been on the desk. Kaka Saheb immediately took out a pencil from his pocket and gave it to Gandhi. Gandhi declined. Kaka Saheb insisted thinking that he would save Gandhi's time. He assured Gandhi that he would look for the tiny pencil and keep it on the desk. But in the meanwhile, Gandhi could use the pencil that Kaka Saheb had offered. Gandhi could not be persuaded. He said, "You don't understand. I 'simply must not lose that pencil. Do you know it was given to me in Madras by Natesan's boy? He brought it for me with such love. I can not bear to lose it." Gandhi's associates organized a hunt and finally found the pencil. It was nearly two inches in length. It was restored to Gandhi, who placed it on his desk with glee.
Source Kaka Saheb Kalelkar: Stray GIimpses of Bapu, p 17
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