Markus accompanied an ashramvasi to the Magan Sangrahalaya in Wardha to observe the paper-making activities on display there. Mumbiram made a little journey to Vinoba´s Paramdham Ashram in Paunar. It was a wonderful meditative 5 mile walk through more or less forlorn countryside. When Markus and Mumbiram were back in their Rustam Bhavan room in the evening they found that the ashram management had entered their room in their absence. Besides their few clothes and books there was the charcoal portrait that Markus had bought from Mumbiram and three more charcoal portraits of Mumbiram´s muses that Mumbiram was carrying from Pune. Mumbiram was very uncomfortable about this happening. He was not sure what misunderstandings the ashramvasis might harbor on seeing these personal glimpses of his muses.
Luckily, when Markus and Mumbiram passed Kusumtai on their walk to the kitchen for the evening meal, Kusumtai enthusiastically volunteered, “We saw the pictures in your room, they are beautiful !”
Long live the spirit of Gandhiji ! Kusumtai had proactively alleviated Mumbiram’s anxiety. Long live non-violence ! This dispassionate spinner in Gandhiji´s ashram was not immune to Rasa of human emotions and human beauty. Mumbiram considered it the highest compliment he could get for his charcoal works. Here are three of those charcoals that Kusumtai was praising.