After passing his matriculation examination, Gandhi joined a local college for higher studies, but after the first term, he dropped off and sailed for England, at the age of 19 to continue his studies. His life in London was quite interesting. He chose vegetarian diet. He took lessons in dancing and music, thinking that these are attributes for becoming a typical gentleman.
But these fads did not last for long with him. He started a life of simple means, studied religious literature and it was in London that he read for the first time the Bhagavad Gita, the Indian holy text which became his guide and philosopher throughout his life ever since. At 20 he passed London Matric and the next year he was called to the Bar. Soon after this he sailed back for India and reached Bombay (1891).