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From 5am to midnight: Here is how PM Modi spends his day

In an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times, PM Modi spoke about his typical day and how he keeps up with the world events through social media on his digital devices.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2015 10:19 IST
Shishir Gupta
Shishir Gupta
Hindustan Times
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PM Narendra Modi is a social media addict. His is one of the most followed accounts on Twitter (@narendramodi has 11.5 million followers; and the official @pmoindia has 5.61 million) but he’s also on Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook (where 27,861,694 people liked him when we last checked).

Modi manages his posting and tweeting via a dedicated team that he personally calls up every now and then, besides monitoring what’s happening in the virtual world through the day on his phone and notebook. That’s a bit of a change from his earlier schedule when he would get glued to the internet early in the morning.

“These days I don’t have the luxury of logging on to the internet early in the morning but I do create news alerts to monitor new conflict situations in the world on my digital devices,” he told Hindustan Times.

At 64, the prime minister is one of the older members of his cabinet but his day begins early—at 5 a.m.- with a cup of tea followed by pranayama (an alternate breathing technique) and some yoga. After a light fruit breakfast and a chat with his long-time media advisor Jagdish Thakkar (his aide from the Gujarat days), he gets straight to work with meetings that usually begin from 9 a.m., usually at his official residence-cum-office but sometimes in South Block.

Barring two 30-minute breaks for lunch and dinner, PM Modi works late into the night and ends the day around midnight.

“I haven’t had Bhakri (a flat unleavened bread popular in Gujarat and Maharashtra ) for days as my Gujarati cook is on leave,” the PM said while breakfasting on a modest portion of papayas, a few slices of banana and milk tea at Delhi’s Race Course Road complex on Wednesday morning during his interview with HT.

First Published: Apr 08, 2015 19:06 IST