BANGALORE – Narendra Modi is indeed India’s man of the moment. From being a tea vendor at a bus terminal in Ahmedabad to an established politician, today he is the 15th Prime Minister of India. There are many things fascinating about Narendra Modi. On this historic moment when a common like Modi bagged the country’s top post, let us have a look at the lesser-known facts about the man of the moment, Narendra Modi, as compiled by IndiaTV.
Humble beginning: Narendra Modi was born in an economically backward family of grocers in Vadnagar, Gujarat.
Since his childhood, he wanted to become a sanyasi. In fact, he was always interested about Sadhus, different forms of worship and meditation. After completing his school, he ran away from home and visited many places including Ramakrishna Ashram of Belur in West Bengal. Finally, he reached Himalayas and stayed with unknown but yogic Sadhus for months. After returning from Himalayas, Modi ran a tea stall with his brother at the State Transport Office in Ahmadabad. Modi sold tea for many years. That was the time when Modi learnt what hardship really meant. It made him more determined and resolute in his approach towards life.
Patriotism since Childhood: Modi, since his childhood days, was always dedicated for the country and things associated with motherland. This was well proven during 1965 Indo-Pak war, Modi, who was then a 15-year-old boy, volunteered to serve the soldiers in transit at the railway stations. Similarly, in 1967 at an age of 17 years, he served the flood-affected people of Gujarat.
Modi’s greatest inspiration: The newly elected Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is a great admirer and follower of Swami Vivekananda.
Modi ensures that he posted one quote of Vivekananda every day on social networking sites. The government of Gujarat, under Modi’s leadership, organized events like Swami Vivekananda Youth Employment Week where they handed job appointment letters to 65,000 youths and on-month long Swami Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra.
Courses in U.S.: India’s newly appointed PM is well known for his great oratory skills. This might partially be an outcome of the three-month course he has done in the U.S. on public relations and image management. As such, he has successfully positioned himself as one of the most favorite and sought after politicians in the country.
A Fashionista: For his improved dressing, trimmed beard and off late impeccable style, Narendra Modi is one of the most well dressed politicians in India. He is a trendsetter who has moved away from dull kurtas to bright fabrics like linen and prefers half-sleeves. Modi’s clothes are all reportedly sourced from a couture store—Jade Blue—in Gujarat. Bipin Chauhan, who has been Modi’s personal tailor for many years now, runs the store. Not just this, Modi is also very particular about his looks and so, makes sure that to trim his beard and hair
Tech-savvy: NaMo is the first prominent Indian political leader known to be tech savvy.
Most of the time, he interacted with netizens through live video-chat on ‘Google+ Hangout’ and is also active on Twitter. He has been active on social media and has a website, a Facebook and twitter page with 15 lakh and 3.7 Million followers respectively; a YouTube channel, the most successful Google+ page ever as well as a personal blog to boot. With such a massive 360 degree connect; the followers of Narendra Modi are well aware of what he is thinking, what he is saying and more importantly, what he is doing.
Fitness freak: Narendra Modi is a fitness freak who despite of having hectic schedules makes sure that he begins his day with yoga. And there’s no politician like him when it comes to diet and nutrition. Modi has caught eyeballs with his fit body and amazing vigor that gets him through a nearly brutal electioneering campaign. Although, a workaholic, he manages to keep himself healthy. A combination of exercise and diets are his secrets to staying fit and energetic.
Prolific writer: Another greater insight of Modi’s can be gathered when one sees him as a writer and even as a poet. One of his moving collections of Poems “Aankh Aa Dhanya Che (Oh Eye I am grateful to you) released by late Gujarati litterateur Suresh Dalal was rated very well as a work of good literary value. His writing includes subjects as diverse as patriotism, love, nature, friendship and progress and has been published in English but none of his poems do the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate speak about politics or his family.
‘Still a Mama’s Boy’: Modi adores his mother more than he adores anything.
Till date, he never forgets to take her blessings whenever he undertakes any new initiative-political or any important decisions. In fact, she is his only closest relation. Once when one media person asked what he would do after the interview that ends around 9 pm then he said: “Go home to my mother, of course. She’s very old,” he said.