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Krishnadas, who was working as Gandhi's secretary during the days of the Non-Co-operation movement, one day found that Gandhi was in a happy mood. He was all by himself, and told Krishnadas as soon as he entered: "Krishnadas, so many telegrams come to me daily and yet not knowing what to do with the forms, I used to tear them. But I was not happy I had to tear them, and I was thinking of what use they could be put to. At last I have hit upon a plan." He took up a form and showed Krishnadas how to make an envelope out of it. He then directed Krishnadas to prepare envelope from the telegraph forms received everyday. Gandhi gave them the name of 'Patent Envelopes'. He would not touch envelopes of superior quality as long as his `Patent Envelopes' were available.
Based on: Seven Months With Gandhi Krishnadas
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