If an individual's political fortunes can be divined from the number of books being written about him, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is way ahead of his rivals.
A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party holds up a cutout of the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi during an election campaign rally in Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh. (AP Photo)
While Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay's Narendra Modi: The Man, the Times, The NaMo Story: A Political Life by Kingshuk Nag, and The Man of the Moment – Narendra Modi by MV Kamath and Kalindi Randeri were published last year, Andy Marino's 'Narendra Modi: A Political Biography' appeared in bookstores a few weeks ago, after Madhu Kishwar's Modi, Muslims and Media.
Sudesh Verma's Narendra Modi – The Gamechanger focusses on the man, while others like 'Modi Leadership, Governance and Performance' by Vivian Fernandes, Bibek Debroy's Gujarat-Governance for Growth and Development, and Centrestage: Inside the Modi Model of Governance by Uday Mahurkar look at the Gujarat Model, Modi's style of governance and its impact on the state.
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Younger readers haven't been left out either.
'Bal Narendra - Childhood Stories of Narendra Modi' features tales of the BJP PM candidate's bravery as a child much in the vein of popular animated series like Bal Hanuman and Bal Ganesh.
Then there is Siddharth Mazumdar's Moditva, The Idea Behind The Man, a collection of essays inspired by Modi's statements over the years. Reports suggest that a book of collected tweets and a graphic biography, 'Narendra Modi: The Icon of Development' will also soon appear.
Besides these books about Modi, there are those he has authored himself, including a collection of short stories entitled Abode of Love and a book of poems called A Journey. Modi has also written the foreword to The Idea of One Religion whose cover features sketches of him alongside Swami Vivekananda.
Manoj Mitta's The Fiction of Fact-Finding: Modi & Godhra, which criticises the investigation of Gujarat 2002 and the SIT's exoneration of the Gujarat CM, is one of the few dissonant voices making themselves heard above the roar of adulation.
The Modi wave has meant that publishers have rushed to bring out books about every aspect of the man right through the election season. However, the No 1 national bestseller this week continues to be The Accidental Prime Minister, Sanjaya Baru's book on Manmohan Singh – the man Narendra Modi hopes to replace.
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