The Danish Peace Academy
GANDHI AND NORDIC COUNTRIESCollected by E. S. Reddy - EReddy@aol.com and Holger Terp
[March 15, 1934]
My dear child,
I see what you say about Menon. I must not write to the Diwan176 of Mysore in a personal matter. Menon should apply to all the possible hospitals and go where he may be wanted irrespective of climate. You will have to be where the climate and other considerations suit you and the children for the time being. Like the legal profession, the medical is crowded at the top. Anyway you must keep me informed of what is happening. You should tell Menon that he is at liberty to write to me whenever he likes.
I hope the children are faring well. Yes, you will have to take them to a hill-station during the hot weather.
I understand what you say about the promise. Whether there was a breach or not you alone can judge. I am sorry that Maria was angry over my not going to Porto Novo. She gave me to understand that she had caught the spirit of my self-denial. It was as much a deprivation to me as it was to her. But self-denial to be true has to bring joy not sorrow, never anger.
Love to you all.
Source: My Dear Child, page 104; Collected Works, Volume 57, page 277
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