NEW DELHI: India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is gearing up to release his book 'Letters to Mother' which has been translated by Renowned film critic Bhawana Somaaya. It will be releasing through HarperCollins Publishers during the month of June this year, as an e-book and hardback both.
As a youngster, Modi was in a habit of penning down letters every single night to the 'Mother Goddess' and he addressed her as 'Jagat Janani'.
But after every couple of months, he would tear up his writings and burn them. Fortunately, one of the pages from his diary dating back to 1986 happened to survive.
While talking about the book the current Prime Minister said, "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 filter... 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 and paper, not necessarily to write but to introspect and unravel what is happening within the heart and the head and why."
Bhawana Somaaya, the translator of the book has been facilitated by the 'Padma Shri' award in the year 2017. She has also been the author of numerous books based on the world of cinema like, 'Amitabh Bachchan: The Legend', ' Mother Maiden Mistress: Women in Hindi Cinema', ' Fragmented Frames: Reflections of a Critic' and so on.
She expressed, "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."