PM Modi Dreamed of ‘Bambai’ as a Child, He Tells Humans of Bombay
Did a man from such humble beginnings ever dream he would one day be the Prime Minister? Modi answers.
The Humans of Bombay Instagram page's latest feature is a man who is more a ‘Human of India’ – Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Captured narrating his story while sitting on a chair against a picturesque background, the prime minister recounts his days as a young boy, or as he calls it "the beginning of everything that he is today."
Modi narrates how his typical day began when he was a child, with his mother's morning beginning as early as 5 am as people lined up to treat themselves through her “healing touch.”
Modi said he lived in a 40x12 foot house with his family of eight, and he'd rush back from school to help out his father at his tea stall in the railway station.
“... 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?’”
The prime minister also recalls how he, along with his friends, set up a stall to help out during the Gujarat floods, when he was nine years old.
“Still, even at that age, I believed that God has made us all alike. It didn’t matter what circumstances I was born into, I could be something more. So when you ask me what my struggles were, I’ll tell you that I had none. I came from nothing, knew no luxury & hadn’t seen a ‘better’ life, so in my small world...I was happy.”
Touching upon the necessity to appear well-groomed, Modi said he wrapped a cloth around a hot coal and use it as the iron as his family could not afford an iron box.
Did a man from such humble beginnings ever dream he would one day be the Prime Minister?
“...no. Never. It was too far to even think about.”
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