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    With the launch of A Journey, discover the poet in Narendra Modi

    IF one were to pick out a hobby for our new Prime Minister, poetry probably wouldn’t be high on anybody’s list. But as writer Ravi Mantha discovered, you never know what folks are capable of. Mantha stumbled on to Modi’s collection of poems in Gujarati late last year. The banker-turned-writer, who has been living abroad for the last 25 years, had come down to volunteer for his election campaign when he came across the poems. Inspired, he brought out  A Journey, an English translation for 67 of Modi’s poems.
    Modi at his best
    The collection, which releases in the city on June 25, has poems on a variety of topics—love, longing, religion, nature and friendship. ‘‘The real challenge,’’ says Mantha, ‘‘was to understand Modi’s Gujarati. He writes in a literary form, which was quite difficult for a South Indian like me to grasp.’’ The poems to watch out for are Bliss and Ramesh Parekh. The latter is based on a Gujarati poet and one of Modi’s friends, says Mantha.

    A Journey is being released
    in association with Prakriti Foundation on June 25 at Amdavadi restaurant, at 6 pm.
    At Rs 295. Details: 66848506

    —Janane Venkatraman

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