- PM Modi said he has not been on a holiday for years
- He said in an interview that he doesn't travel abroad with a cook
- "I fall asleep minutes after hitting the bed," he said
Asked whether he gets "the luxury of a holiday", PM Modi shares that he has not been on one for years.
"I have not been on a holiday either as Chief Minister or now as Prime Minister. However, my work does require me to travel across India and interact with people, learn about their joys, sorrows and aspirations. This is refreshing and rejuvenating for me," he says.
"Before I became the Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001, I travelled to every district of India," he adds, describing his tours as enriching experiences in which he tasted different cuisines.
Asked whether he has a special butler in his entourage for foreign visits, PM Modi responds: "Not at all...I happily eat whatever the gracious hosts prepare and enjoy eating everything offered to me."
It is common knowledge that PM Modi is a firm believer in Yoga and practices asanas every morning. But he discloses what else fills up his mornings. "My morning is also spent scanning newspapers, checking e-mails and making a round of phone calls. I also spend time reading some comments and feedback shared by citizens on the 'Narendra Modi Mobile App'," he says.
The last thing he does before sleep? "Before hitting the bed, I read documents sent to me during the day. I also prepare for the next day meetings and engagements."
A sound sleep is also something the Prime Minister strongly advises. "I fall asleep minutes after hitting the bed. I do not take any worry with me and wake up fresh every morning and welcome the new day in my life," he says, adding that he sleeps four to six hours.
Asked to pick a favourite dish, the PM describes himself as "not much of a foodie". He says he enjoys a simple vegetarian meal every day.
As for a favourite day of the week, PM Modi replies: "Today is my favourite day of the week! I believe in a simple tenet - make the most of today, live life to the fullest. Today is the only day on our hands to work hard and make things happen."
The interview was published on Friday morning, ahead of PM Modi's three-nation tour that takes him to Palestine, United Arab Emirates and Oman.