"Shri Mahadev was Gandhiji's beloved secretary. He died very prematurely while in prison along with Gandhiji. His diary is as important as any diary kept by Gandhiji himself. He was like Lakshman to Shri Ramachandra; a spare body for one soul, so to say."
Mahadev Desai joined Gandhiji as his secretary in 1917, and breathed his last in the lap of Gandhiji in Agakhan Place while in detention in 1942.
It is amazing to note that Mahadevbhai regularly wrote his day-to-day diary despite his busiest routine with Gandhiji.