Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a heart to heart with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar in a "non-political" interview where he shared anecdotes from his personal life. In an interview with ANI, 'Khiladi' Akshay Kumar asked PM Modi the reason for wearing his watch backwards. The prime Minister stated:
"I watch it backwards because I attend a lot of meeting. So, I don't want anyone to know that I am looking at the time. Otherwise, it is an insult to the person. When you look at your watch it is like an indication that you want the other person to leave. I am conscious that I maintain his respect".
Akshay Kumar asked PM Modi about his "fashion statement" and particularly about his half sleeves style. To which the Prime Minister set the record straight.
"You asked a very good question. Just like how my image as a strict and angry person is created similarly there is another image about my clothes. Now, the truth is that I used to carry a small bag and travel a lot. And till the time I became the Chief Minister, I used to wash my own clothes. So, I thought that if I wear long sleeves then the washing will take more efforts and time. Plus it would take up more space in my bag. Therefore, I trimmed it myself".
"Because of poverty, I used to feel inferior. We could not iron own clothes so what I used to do was take a bowl and fill it up with coal and then used it to press clothes. I had no shoes. Once one of my uncle got me white canvas shoes. In few days, they became dirty. So, every day after school, I used to stay back in class, collect chalk pieces and used it to polish my shoes", he added.
Host Akshay Kumar gave a hypothetical situation to Prime Minister Modi and asked him his three wishes if he get Aladdin's Lamp. The Prime Minister said:
"See, if I get 'Aladdin ka Chirag' which has magical powers then I would ask all the educationalist to stop reciting the story of 'Aladdin ka Chirag'. People should be taught to work hard. The significance is of hard work and not laziness."