What was it that made Captain Mulla the man that he was?
Why did his men love him so much?
We can learn more by listening to what Mrs Mulla has to say about her husband.
Mahendra was a kind and considerate husband and a devoted family man.
He believed that religion was a very personal thing. He was not what one would call a religious man. He never made a show of it, but he had a firm belief in God and I would often find him deep in meditation totally oblivious of his surroundings.
He was a disciple of Swami Vivekananda and believed that religion was the way you lived and how you treated others. He had very strong beliefs, values and principles and he lived by them irrespective of the cost.
The sailors and his subordinates adored him because he was very fair and just. Although he was a strict disciplinarian, he was kind and generous to his subordinates, particularly when they were in trouble or needed help.
He was very straightforward and truthful. To him, the world was either black or white. He disliked having to compromise and in any case, he never compromised on values. This evoked strong responses in people. Some liked him and some did not but I believe that he was respected by all - seniors and juniors alike.
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