'Mai mujse milne ja raha hoon', says said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while sharing the memories of how he would spend five days in the jungle without radio and newspaper. He says it was the time when there was no internet. In a heart to heart with Humans of Bombay, a team of storytellers that concentrate on the journey of individuals and show how each and every person is unique, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a slice of his life and revealed a story known by few.
"Not many people know this, but I would go away for the 5 days of Diwali. Somewhere in a jungle – a place with only clean water and no people. I would pack enough food to last for those 5 days. There would be no radio’s or newspapers, and during that time, there was no TV or internet anyway. I would reflect – and the strength that this alone time gave me still helps me to handle life and its various experiences. People often asked me, ‘Who are you going to meet?’ And I would say, ‘मैं मुझसे मिलने जा रहा हूं।", he said.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated that every morning he would open the tea- stall, located at a railway station, and clean up the place before going to school. As soon as the last bell of the school would ring, he would rush back to the tea stall to help his father.
"I would open my father’s tea stall at the railway station, clean up & go to school. As soon as school ended, I would rush back to help him, but what I really looked forward to was meeting people from all over India. I would serve them tea & listen to their stories–that’s how I learnt to speak Hindi. I would hear some traders speak about ‘Bambai’ & wonder, ‘Will I ever get to see the city of dreams?"