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How a 9-year-old Narendra Modi opened a food stall to help Gujarat flood victims: Lesser-known facts from PM's childhood

How a 9-year-old Narendra Modi opened a food stall to help Gujarat flood victims: Lesser-known facts from PM's childhood

  Humans of Bombay are known for portraying real-life stories that are often emotional and inspiring. An now, taking the mantle of politics away from Narendra Modi, Humans of Bombay today took to their Instagram account to post a smiling picture of the Indian PM.

The image was posted alongside a caption where PM Modi spoke about his humble beginnings, early life, his mother and how he never even 'dared to dream about becoming the Prime Minister of India.'Hashtagged #TheModiStory, the image forms a five-part series on the leader.

In the post, PM Modi spoke about his upbringing, his mother, and how he hardly ever "dared to dream about becoming the Prime Minister". Take a look...

 

PM Modi on his early life

PM Modi on his early life
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"My family of 8 lived in a 40x12 feet house – it was small, but enough for us. Our days began early, around 5 AM when my mother would provide traditional forms of curing and healing to newborns and small children. Through the night my brother and I would take turns to keep the ‘chula’ going for her to use. She didn’t have the fortune of getting an education, but God was kind and she had a special way of curing ailments. Mothers would line up outside our house every morning because she was known for her healing touch."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2. PMModi spoke about his humble beginnings

PM Modi spoke about his humble beginnings
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"I would open my father’s tea stall at the railway station, clean up and head off 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 the country. I would serve them tea and listen to their stories – that’s how I learnt to speak Hindi. I would hear some traders speak about ‘Bambai’ and wonder, ‘Will I ever get to see the city of dreams?’"

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3. Here's how it started

Here's how it started
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"I was always curious – I would go to the library and read everything I could get my hands on. I was 8 when I attended my first RSS meeting, and 9 when I was a part of an effort for the betterment of the lives of others – I set up a food stall with my friends to help the victims of the floods in parts of Gujarat. I wanted to do more, but I was aware that we had little means."

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4. I came from nothing: PM Modi

I came from nothing: PM Modi
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"Still, even at that age, I strongly 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, I knew no luxury and hadn’t seen a ‘better’ life, so in my small world...I was happy." 

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5. 'If the way was ever difficult, I made my own way'

'If the way was ever difficult, I made my own way'
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"If the way was ever difficult, I made my own way. I had a great need to look sharp and groomed. So, even though we couldn’t afford an iron, I would heat some coal, use an old ‘lota’, wrap a cloth around it and press my clothes – the effect was the same, then why complain? "

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6. 'Never 'dared to dream' about becoming PM'

'Never 'dared to dream' about becoming PM'
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"This was the beginning of everything that I am today and I didn’t even know it at the time. So if you ask the 8 year old Narendra Modi, running around serving chai and cleaning his father’s tea stall, whether he even dared to dream about becoming the Prime Minister of India, his answer would be no. Never. It was too far to even think about.”

Picture Courtesy: Humans of Bombay