During his 13-day-long fast for an effective Lokpal Bill, Anna Hazare found solace in writing diary and reading newspapers and books. A voracious reader, Hazare spent most of his time reading newspapers during his three nights stay at Tihar and writing diary during his 10-day-long stint at Ramlila Maidan.
Throughout his fast, Hazare started his day at 6.30 am and meditated for half-an-hour before getting ready for the day. Noting down his thoughts on issues like humanity, human rights, social justice in Marathi was his favourite past time.
Everyday, Hazare spent around two hours penning down his thoughts in his diary.
"Most of his time he spent resting as his energy level was very low. Meeting with core team members and discussing strategy also demanded much of his time. At the protest venue he didn't read much but wrote about a lot of things," said Suresh Pathare, a Hazare confidant from his village in Maharashtra. "At Tihar, he kept a close tab on the mood of the nation by reading newspapers," added Pathare.
Hazare also read Bhagwad Geeta and works of Swami Vivekananda, which inspired him to keep fighting for the good of the society, during his fast.
Many of his high-profile supporters presented him books on various topics including teachings of Sai Baba and about Sikh religion. Hazare, who is very particular about time and also a perfectionist, restricted his meeting to close aides.