On my joining the Ashram, Gandhiji asked me to keep a daily diary. He also asked me to write down a brief history of myself giving names of all the members of the family. I could not make out why I was asked to do this. But, later I discovered that he kept direct contact with the relatives of the workers; he remembered their names and corresponded with them. He thus treated hundreds of workers as members of his family and dealt with them as such.
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