Conversations With My Mom: Gandhi
Illustration by Keshav
Mom: Your dad and I want to buy you the Gandhi DVD for your birthday.
Me: Hmm....no need for that.
Mom: But we want to.
Me: That's okay, mom.
Mom: Why? Don't you like Gandhi?
Me: I love Gandhi.
Mom: [pause] Are you talking about the movie or the man?
Me: The man.
Mom: What about the movie?
Me: The movie's fine.
Mom: But you don't think it's...great?
Me: It's fine.
Mom: It's a great movie about a great man.
Me: It's a movie about a great man.
Mom: Why isn't it a great movie?
Me: I don't know...it has good intentions, but it's a bit conventional.
Mom: [pause] Do you want a movie to be unconventional, or do you want it to touch and move and inspire millions of people?
Me: [searching] Hmm....
Mom: So, it would please your father and me if you had a copy of the movie in the house. You could loan it to friends, maybe even show it to your students.
Me: [long pause] Will it make you happy to give me Gandhi, to know that I had it?
Me: That's settled, then.