A few months before the outbreak of the first world war, the campaigner [Mahatma Gandhi] and his family sailed back to India to pursue his destiny. He had meetings with Gujarati merchants, indentured Indian labourers and white officials. Addresses were presented to him by Muslims and Parsis, by the Cantonese Club and the Tamil Benefit Society. He attended a dinner hosted by the Hon HA Wyndham, at which aubergine cutlets, asparagus à la vinaigrette and plum tart were served (but no wine).
Patrick French, 'Gandhi Before India by Ramachandra Guha - review', The Guardian.