For our readers in the California area, please join Asha Sharma for a discussion of her book, An American in Gandhi's India, at a Gandhi Day program sponsored by the Cupertino Library and its foundation. The event is free and takes place on Gandhi's birthday, October 2, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Cupertino Community Hall. For more details on the event, download a copy of the flyer.
Sharma's book details the life of her grandfather, Samuel Stokes, who first came to India in 1904 as a Quaker missionary. He soon became disillusioned with the foreign missionary community and began a new spiritual quest, ultimately converting to Hinduism. Later on, he became a leader in Gandhi's independence movement in the 1920s, and was the only American jailed by the British for this cause. Read more about Stokes's fascinating life in an excerpt from the book.