ISBN 9789383923786,Bal Narendra : Childhood Stories Of Narendra Modi

Bal Narendra : Childhood Stories Of Narendra Modi



Rannade Prakashan

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789383923786

ISBN-10 9383923784


Number of Pages 47 Pages
Language (English)

Literary theory

We hope you enjoy reading this book on Bal Narendra. These 17 real life stories give you a glimpse of the formative years of Narendra Modi - a leader the entire nation is looking up to with great hope. They tell you about his life when he was a small child, just like you. Some of the stories recount life shaping experiences that moulded Bal Narendra into the Narendra Modi of today. Others narrate incidents from his childhood that reflected even back then, the qualities and principles that Modiji is loved and respected for today. To make the entire experience meaningful, we have tried our best to ensure the factual accuracy of the narration. Bal Narendra was born into a humble family in the historic town of Vadnagar in Gujarat. He grew up in an environment of great love and care, typical to an Indian family. The principles and value system inculcated in little Narendra by his parents and elders in those early years played a major role in making Modiji the man he is today. Take for example his bringing home a baby crocodile one day, to only be explained by his mother what it meant to be separated from one's mother. This basic yet critical lesson in compassion left an indelible mark on his soul, embedding in him a deep sense of empathy and love for all humanity and even beyond, for all living things. This compassion thereon manifested in various forms. From setting up a tea stall - with money given to enjoy at the carnival - so that he could collect funds for flood victims, to freeing a pigeon entangled in kite string. Born in a less privileged family meant Bal Narendra was well acquainted with the harsh realities of life right from childhood. The experiences he had growing up and even more importantly the choices he made in the face of such hardships, cultivated in him great strength, resilience and understanding. They continue to serve as a powerful rooting force. Bal Narendra was the embodiment of the adage 'necessity is the mother of all invention'. His resourcefulness and discipline ensured that the limitations around him did not restrict his aspirations. For instance, despite being from a family of very limited means, young Narendra was very particular about things like presentation and preparation. He always found ways around. Like using chalk to keep his only pair of canvas shoes white and shining as new, or making sure his limited two to three pairs of clothes were always crisp and crease free, using every ploy from keeping them folded below his pillow at night, to using pieces of coal in metal jug to iron them. Even as a child, Narendra saw in education a window to the world beyond his small town. He thus greatly respected his teachers and sincerely attended school. His love for reading too was visible right from childhood, with the library being one of his favorite haunts. He preferred reading even over playing with his friends. Here again, what he chose to read made the difference. Exposure to biographies of heroes like Shivaji and Swami Vivekananda had a deep impact on not just his beliefs and values, but his approach and actions as well. A deep sense of duty, towards people and the world at large, was another attribute that burnt bright in young Narendra since the very beginning. This was further augmented by an all encompassing spirit of seva, manifesting in many forms and at multiple levels. Whether it was towards his family, from helping his father sell tea, to helping his Ba perform household chores and look after his little sister. Towards his school, taking on the responsibility of collecting funds for building a compound wall when it was most needed. Towards his village, when he jumped into the swirling lake without hesitation, to uphold tradition, or towards his country, when he spent nights on end at the railway station so that he could serve tea to soldiers going to war in 1962. Whenever confronted by injustice or social wrong, his natural instinct was to stand up against the same for what was right and just. The mere sight of a poor woman being castigated by a pandit for being an 'untouchable' so shook little Narendra, that he was moved to write and conduct an entire play-'Pilu Ful'- expressing his angst and urging people to do away with the evil. These drivers of duty, seva and justice, were enabled by an innate sense of fearlessness-natural and spontaneous courage. Glimpses of this fearlessness surfaced many a time in Bal Narendra's childhood itself. Whether it was jumping into the lake without a moment's hesitation to save a drowning friend, or standing up to bullies in school. On the whole, Modiji's life is a story of hope and possibility. It is living testament to how virtues like compassion, discipline, sewa and fearlessness, if imbibed from an early age, can mould one in such a powerful way-that even a boy starting out with nothing, can go on to sow dreams in the minds of millions. It reaffirms how one can make a difference, overcoming all odds, purely on the basis of sheer determination and hard work. We hope this book inspires you to do the same. It inspires you to, in the words of Modiji, dream of doing something meaningful, rather than merely becoming someone. It inspires you to do your bit for your India! You after all, are the future of our great nation! Vande Mataram!