Letters to Mother by Narendra Modi (Author), Bhawana Somaaya (Translator)

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    Letters to Mother: Translated from the Gujarati Saakshi Bhaav by Bhawana Somaaya Hardcover – 20 June 2020

    By Narendra Modi (Author), Bhawana Somaaya (Translator)


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    Book Details:
    Book Type: Biographies & Autobiographies
    Book Name: Letters to Mother
    Author: Narendra Modi
    Paperback: 112 pages
    Publisher: HarperCollins India; 1 edition (20 June 2020)
    Language: English
    Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 2.5 cm
    ISBN-10: 9353576326
    ISBN-13: 978-9353576325

    About the Author:
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's book 'Letters to Mother', translated by film critic Bhawana Somaaya, will be released by HarperCollins Publishers as e-book and hardback in June this year. As a young man, Modi had got into the habit of writing a letter every night to 'Mother Goddess', whom he addressed as 'Jagat Janani'. 

    However, after every few months, Modi would tear up the pages and consign them to a bonfire. But the pages of one diary, dating back to 1986, survived.

    Bhawana Somaaya, a recipient of the Padma Shri award in 2017 and author of several books on cinema, said, "In my opinion, Narendra Modi's strength as a writer is his emotional quotient. There is a raw intensity, a simmering restlessness which he does not disguise and that is his attraction."

    About The Book:
    'This is not an attempt at literary writing; the passages featured in this book are reflections of my observations and sometimes unprocessed thoughts, expressed without filters... I am not a writer, most of us are not; but everybody seeks expression, and when the urge to unload becomes overpowering there is no option but to take pen to paper, not necessarily to write but to introspect and unravel what is happening within the heart and the head, and why.' - Narendra Modi 

    As a young man, Narendra Modi had got into the habit of writing a letter to the Mother Goddess, whom he addressed as jagat janani, every night before going to bed. The topics were varied: there were seething sorrows, fleeting joys, lingering memories. In Modi's writings there was the enthusiasm of a youngster and the passion to usher in change. But every few months, Modi would tear up the pages and consign them to a bonfire. The pages of one diary, dating back to 1986, survived, however. These are now available in English for the very first time as Letters to Mother, in a powerful translation by Bhawana Somaaya. Modi describes these letters as conversations with the Mother Goddess: 'My feelings of fear ... of anxiety ... of distress... the ordinary feelings of an ordinary man.'

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