Prime Minister Narendra Modi's unique lifestyle comprising of a strict regimen of yoga, exercise and saatvik food is the secret behind his indefatigable energy and phenomenal success, say noted international writers and jurists Dr. Adish C Aggarwala and Sarah J Marchngton in their book “Narendra Modi – A Charismatic & Visionary Statesman”.
The Authors, in the last chapter of the coffee table 672 page biography of Prime Minister Modi, have said:
“Here is an unusual Prime Minister, unlike any that the country has seen in the past seven decades. The differences between Narendra Modi and others begin with his daily schedule and routine. He gets up early, and sleeps late. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President, joked that Narendra Modi doesn't sleep, and doesn't allow his ministers to do so. It's now established that the Prime Minister is awake by 4 a.m. After the morning chores, he immerses himself in Suryanamaskar, Pranayam and other Yoga exercises. He does this every morning without fail, and this is the key to his fitness, energy levels, ability to multitask, and rush from one subject to another, one individual to another, and one meeting to another.
The fitness routine is followed by tea with ginger, which is a form of a Gujarati Special Tea. The former chai wallah (tea seller) loves his morning cup of tea. After some routine work in between, breakfast is served at 8 a.m., and is generally light with some boiled and roasted items. This is followed by reading time – Modi loves to read English and Gujarati newspapers. Apart from this, each morning he goes through the piles of positive and negative articles published about him and his policies in all the country's national and regional newspapers. Media trackers in each ministry reach their offices by 6:00 a.m. so that they can send the specific media coverage by 8:00 a.m. to Modi's residence.
If he is in New Delhi, the Prime Minister is in his office by 9 a.m. Not a minute early, not a minute late. This is why he expects every bureaucrat, especially the senior ones, to be in their offices by the same time. Unlike most Prime Ministers, who preferred to work out of their residences, Narendra Modi always works from his office. He also walks to the office. The next 150 minutes are spent on governance and running of the nation – meetings, and checking files and other reports.
Lunch time is early, at 11.30 a.m. As we said earlier, the Prime Minister has his own cook, who takes care of the kitchens at his residence and the PMO. Modi loves Gujarati and South Indian food – Kadhi-Khichdi,Upma, Bakhri and Kakhra. As we can see, the food isn't heavy but enough to provide him with the energy to work for the next ten-and-a-half hours. Lunch is followed by more work, more meetings, more files, and more governance. The Prime Minister doesn't waste a minute and is adept at multi-tasking.
Dinner is served at 10 p.m. He likes to watch TV while he is having his night meal. He generally flips through news channels, and sees the TV debates on contemporary or the day's news events. Thus, both in the morning and night, he keeps in touch with media reports and news. At the same time, as he flips through channels, he checks his emails, and replies to each one of them. The mails may be personal or professional, from a minister or a fan. Just before he retires for the day at 1 a.m., he makes a few calls to friends and family. This is his only personalised time when he doesn't think of the nation.
Apart from the daily routine, the differences between Narendra Modi and other Prime Ministers lie in his A-Team, which comprises technocrats-turned-bureaucrats, and people who are experts in the arena of politics and governance. From Amit Shah to Ajit Doval, Nripendra Misra to Dr. Hiren Joshi, the loyalists are achievers and doers. They work as hard as the Prime Minister, and with similar commitment, passion, fervour and hard work. The loyalists share Modi's dreams and visions. They want to build a New India for the 21st Century, which is respected and revered throughout the world.”
The book has been published by British publisher in Thailand on Japanese mat art paper. The book is among the rare works and has painstakingly covered the journey of Modi right from his early childhood days, till held the reins of the country. It has spanned each significant event and chronicled the myriad influences that shaped his ideology and thought process.
The book has been appreciated in political circles for its dispassionate coverage and candid biographical account providing deep and remarkable insights into the life led by Modi and his illustrious growth to distinction as one of the most sought after world leaders.
Amit Shah, President of BJP in his Foreword to the book has said that “Shri Narendra Modi has become an icon of Politics of Development. With his thrust on innovation and entrepreneurship, he has taken a slew of de-licensing and deregulation measures to remove complexities that hindered growth of business in the country.”
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development, Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, in his write up in the book has said, “A complete people's man devoid of any personal interest, Narendra Modi dedicated his entire life to betterment of the country. He is the leader who has heralded a new era of welfare politics.”
Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railways and Coal, in his write up in the book, has said, “His determination to ensure that benefits from various policies reach the last person at the bottom of the pyramid is testament to his devotion to the nation and its people.”
Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Defence, in her write up in the book, has said “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has provided much needed leadership to the masses. His idea of governance is inclusive and people oriented. Under his able leadership, we have been able to retain the tenets of peace even in times of grave provocation by our immediate neighbor.”
Yog Guru Swami Ramdev, in his write up in the book has said “He is a man for whom country comes first, party second and then his individual self. His simple lifestyle but resounding work culture are reasons for the novel cohesiveness in the government machinery.”
Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has said in his write up, “His vision of 'New India' is taking shape and by 2022 India will be a fully transformed country, free from poverty, corruption, nepotism, casteism, religious discrimination, economic disparity and regional imbalances.”
Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, in his write up has said “Modiji has sacrificed self centered desires for the service of the nation.”
Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas has stated in his write up in the book has stated “His reforms, pragmatic measures and continued efforts to make India better each day are all a reflection of the fact that he has kept his promises.”
Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana, has said “The emergence of Modi as Prime Minister is the advent of a new era of clean politics and proves that a man from the lowest strata of the society can also rise to the highest political position in India.”
Indresh Kumar, Member, National Executive, RSS has said in the book “Shri Narendra Modi does not only know the poor, poverty and their pain but he himself has observed it very closely.”