Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, during an interview with food and travel channel Curlytales, spoke about his favorite dishes and exercise regimen, life as a student and his hobbies, while explaining the three things he would do as prime minister. from India. . Congress released video of the top leader from a camp in Rajasthan on Sunday, where he appeared on an episode of ‘Sunday Brunch’ hosted by Curlytales CEO and founder Kamiya Jani.
Introduced as a conversation that would portray him as “a person, not a politician”, Jani asked Gandhi questions related to his lifestyle and aspirations and, on a personal note, his marriage plans, to which he replied sportingly ” when the right girl comes along.” along the”.
Asked if he had a checklist, Gandhi said: “Just a loving person who is smart. I have nothing against marriage. My parents had a beautiful one, so the bar is very high.”
Jani asked the former Congress President the idea behind the Bharat Jodo Yatra and how it had changed him as a person. Gandhi said that he had seen almost all of India, but never like this by walking through district after district and meeting so many people.
“The idea was to combat the hate, anger and violence that is spreading in India. ‘Tapasya’ is an important part of our culture to understand ourselves and others. That is another thought behind this yatra. There are many people doing this tapasya with me, I am not alone. There are a lot of tapasvis here, people from other states joining in and walking all the way. I’m getting to talk and meet so many people. Try to understand their way of life and get direct information about the difficulties they face,” Gandhi said.
The leader said that his patience and self-control had increased because he had to walk every day and meet many others. “I have improved a lot. It is the culture of Hindustan that if you meet people then you learn a lot,” he added.
Gandhi is also heard talking about his family’s roots as Kashmiri Pandits, who migrated to Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh from Kashmir. “I am a mix of many cultures, my paternal grandfather was a Parsi,” he said.
in your favorite food
“I’m not a picky eater, I eat whatever. However, I don’t like jackfruit and peas. If I have to eat, I eat it but at home I am quite strict. I don’t eat all sorts of things, but I don’t have much of a choice here. Whatever is there, I eat it,” Gandhi said, adding that India was completely different from region to region when it came to food, language, music, among other indicators. “Everything is different. Of course, it changes with state boundaries. But it also changes within the state. Telangana was a bit spicy for me. Exaggerated, he would say as he fought there. I don’t eat chili.”
Gandhi said that the food at home was Desi at lunch and some continental at dinner. “I am quite particular, I have a controlled diet so it is quite boring. I avoid sweets,” he said.
On rumors that he could gobble down eight to 10 sundaes at a time, he responded by saying, “Not 8 to 10. I can have one, sometimes two maybe.”
About his food preferences, Gandhi said that he preferred non-vegetarian food like chicken, mutton and seafood. He liked tandoori food and one of his favorite dishes was chicken tikka or sometimes a nice omelette. On his favorite hangouts to eat in Delhi, he said that he used to go to Old Delhi, but his staple was Moti Mahal. Some other favorites of his are Sagar and Saravana Bhawan.
Gandhi also said that he doesn’t eat a lot of carbohydrates, but if he had a choice, he would prefer roti to rice. He sometimes he has a cup of coffee in the morning and tea in the evening.
On being homeschooled, college, first job
Gandhi said that he was educated at home due to the assassination of his grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. “It was a shock, actually. The security people said we can’t go to school. I was in a boarding school but they took us out before Grandma died. When dad died, they didn’t allow us to come back,” he said.
He further said that he had the best of both worlds when he was in school with some overly nice teachers and some pretty nasty ones. “It was more because of the political position that my family would take than because of his stature in politics. It was quite a pro-poor position. And so, a lot of the people who were teachers didn’t appreciate that. It was a balance though,” she added.
Gandhi has completed his higher studies at different colleges and universities in India and abroad: a year of history at St Stephen’s in Delhi, international relations and politics at Harvard University (there was a security issue when his father and former prime minister Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated), international relations and economics at Rollins College in Florida, a master’s degree in development economics at the University of Cambridge.
Gandhi said his first job was corporate at a company called Monitor in London. “My first salary was quite a lot for that time, almost 3,000 pounds. It felt strange. It was probably for rent, he lived alone, he was about 24 or 25 years old, ”he added.
About his hobbies, exercise regimen.
Gandhi said that scuba diving was one of his hobbies and that he practiced a lot when he lived in Florida. The leader had gone swimming in Kerala when the yatra was in the state. “I can also do freediving, which basically consists of holding your breath underwater, that depends on how trained I am. If I am, then I can hold it for a long time,” he added.
Gandhi is also a black belt in aikido and said that martial arts were not designed to be violent. “I used to box in college and have always done some form of physical exercise. Martial arts are very convenient; they are not designed to be violent and it is quite the opposite. But it is incorrectly taught to hurt and attack people. But if you understand it well, then it’s great for you,” he said, adding that he also did a martial arts class every day at the yatra.
On why he joined politics
His father’s murder had a huge impact on him, but Gandhi could never escape politics in a home full of political people. “I come from a political family. Conversations around the dining room table with Dad and Dad were about India and politics. My father’s death had a huge impact on me and I changed after that,” he said.
But the personal loss did not keep him from politics, he said. “In my family, we are not scared. So, there was no question in my mind about joining politics,” he added.
On three things I would do as prime minister, negativity in politics
Gandhi explained the three things he would do if he became India’s prime minister: transform the education system, help small businesses, and protect the underprivileged.
“I would like to transform the education system, help those who might have small businesses and be struggling, scale them up and make them big. India needs a lot of small companies turned into big companies. A major problem is unemployment and the concentration of wealth. I want to protect people who are going through difficult times: farmers, workers and youth without work. They should feel protected and, with that protection, expand their imagination and do what they like. I think that in a country, if you feel protected, you can do what you like and be productive, ”she said.
He also said that negativity and trolling were like gifts that he could take or reject. “If you give me a gift, I can take it or reject it. Anger is also a gift, you can give it to me. If you give me love, I’ll take it. If I get angry, then I’ll ask myself why, and if the reason is right, I’ll take it. If it’s not, then I won’t take it and then it becomes yours, not mine,” she added.
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