Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s book “Letters to Mother”, will be released by HarperCollins Publishers as e-book and hardback in June.
Originally written in Gujarati, it has been translated to English by film critic Bhawana Somaaya.
During his young age, he started writing a letter every night to ‘Mother Goddess’, whom he addressed as ‘Jagat Janani’. The topics of his writings varied from “seething sorrows, fleeting joys to lingering memories,” says Harper Collins India.
However, he used to tear the pages and burn it after every few months. But the pages of one diary, dating back to 1986, survived.
“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,” Modi said about the book.
“These are now available in English for the very first time as Letters to Mother,” says Harper Collins India.