Mrs Mulla recalls an incident that underlined her husband's sangfroid to her.
He had amazing powers of concentration and if he was absorbed in something, he gave his total attention to it. He believed strongly in self-control and his attitude to pain was unbelievable.
I once accompanied him to the dentist to have a troublesome tooth removed. The dentist was a young and inexperienced naval officer. My husband refused the painkilling injection. The dentist struggled hard to remove the tooth and discovered to his horror that he had removed a good tooth.
'I was furious but Mahendra did not get angry and told the dentist to go ahead and remove the bad tooth, this one too without painkillers. So, two teeth were removed without painkillers and he bore the pain without flinching. The person most affected by this whole episode was the dentist. Mahendra calmly walked out and went to work as though nothing had happened.'
'He had no attachment to material wealth. He believed that the good things of life were to be enjoyed but that we should do so with a detached mind because nothing in life was permanent and that we should try to be comfortable and happy and dignified under all circumstances. With regard to the material things of life he used to say, 'What is the point of the material world when you have to leave everything behind?'