Railway station to Royal Palace - the road was not that much smooth!Interviewing a celebrity is an art and some responses would catch more attention and would be inspiring too. Prime Minister Narendra Modi went into the record books to be the second Indian to address a gathering/interacting with the people in the name of 'Bharat ki baath' at the famous Town Hall in London day before yesterday. Mahatma Gandhi was the first Indian to mark his attendance in the Town Hall. Famous writer Prasoon Joshi was the interviwer and did his job well.
The very first question can be an embarrassing one as he asked - "Your journey started from a railway station and now you are a special guest in the Royal Palace, how do you see this journey, Modi ji?"
As we know the great son of the soil started his life from his childhood as a Chaiwaala at a Railway station in Gujarat and rose to the very height of becoming the Prime minister of India. Now he was given a grand welcome to the Royal palace by Queen Elizibeth II as the grand Old lady herself received him and escorted him to his seat. What an irony of life? Did he ever imagine of the greatest moment nor we?
He simply responded with a smile - "Prasoon, you are a writer and very easy to use the rhyming words 'Railway station to Royal palace. It was not that much smooth. A tough journey with hardest moments and great life fight".
He went on adding that how he lived as Chaiwala and entered the political arena was purely personal and related to Modi. But the entry into the Royal Palace represents the dignity and self confidence of the 127 crore Indian community. What a great reply!
We may have political differences, whether we like him or not, his journey in life is truly inspirational. "Ye zindagi ki raasta kisi ko aasan nahi. Sab ko ye raasta bahut mushkil hoti hai, lekin ye aadmi o zitega o hei Sikender" (The road of life is not easier to anyone but the person who makes it is the real winner).