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Travel, speech, food, sleep: The Modi order

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 02, 2014
First Published: 00:35 IST(2/4/2014) | Last Updated: 01:31 IST(2/4/2014)

Since elections were announced early last month, a typical Narendra Modi day has been a blur of high-voltage campaigning:  Often 12 hours of travel, 2,000-3,000km covered and four to five rallies in the full glare of national television.

Ambition is surely a powerful motivator, but a look at Modi’s regimen does offer some other clues as to how the 63-year old Gujarat chief minister and the BJP’s man for India’s top job manages such a hectic schedule.

Modi rises early, checks the newspapers online and then goes into a yoga and meditation session.

When time is limited, or when he suffers a twinge of back pain, he prefers to go for a stroll.

His diet is mainly simple Gujarati food — typically, fresh fruit or vegetable juice in the morning, poha (flattened rice) and a teaspoon of ginger and honey, a digestive. Other staples during the day are moong and rice khichdi, curd, kadi, chapatti and vegetables.

Modi seldom eats out. On the campaign trail, he often skips lunch.  His speeches last 30-50 minutes, and he does quite a few a day, so keeping his voice in order is a must: He avoids oily and fatty food during electioneering. In flight, he keeps Gujarati snacks like sev, and drinks lime juice.

During the navratras — which are currently on —  he typically gets by on fruits, juices and light snacks.

On Monday, for instance, he left Gandhinagar for his rally in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh at 6am, without breakfast.

His next normal meal will be on April 9.

Modi is learnt to use flying time to clear state government files, do some party work or write blogs long hand.


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