Wandering through the wild and sailing through the river in a makeshift boat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi featured alongside survivalist Bear Grylls on Discovery Channel's 'Man VS Wild' on Monday.
Through this journey into the wilderness, PM Modi divulged details from his personal to political life and expressed his love for nature, as the two walked amid the cold and rain in the Jim Corbett National Park of Uttarakhand.
During the conversation, Modi said fulfilling people's dreams gave him happiness and his focus is on development. "My position never goes to my head," he said, in reply to a question.
Here are the top quotes from the episode:
When questioned by the host Bear Grylls if the Prime Minister was ready to walk through a Tiger-heavy Jim Corbett National Park he responded saying that he does not consider this experience as 'dangerous'
PM Modi said, "You should never be afraid of nature because when we think that we are in conflict with nature is when the problem starts."
On becoming the country's prime minister, Grylls asked whether he ever pinched himself.
"It never occurs to me who I am. I am above all this. When I was a chief minister and even now as the prime minister, I only think of my work, my responsibilities. My position never goes to my head," he said.
The leader explained to host Bear Grylls about how this was his first vacation in 18 years.
"My focus has always been development. This trip with you is my first vacation in 18 years," said PM Modi.
Asked whether he was a good student, the prime minister laughed and said, "I can't say that I was a good student."
He said that despite poverty, he liked to keep a neat appearance at school, ironing his uniform with coal embers in a copper bowl.
Prompted by Grylls, Modi also talked about the time he brought home a baby crocodile from the pond where he had gone to bathe.
"My mother said to me this is wrong. You cannot do this. You should not do this, put it back. I went and put it back," the prime minister said.'
Grylls, who has had celebrity guests before on his show, including former American President Barack Obama, asked Modi about his childhood, dreams as the prime minister, whether he feared anything in life and if he ever felt nervous before a political rally.
(With PTI inputs)