Udayavni Special

‘India Held Special Place in My Imagination’: Obama Says He Used to Listen Ramayana, Mahabharata


PTI, Nov 17, 2020, 9:53 AM IST

Former US President Barack Obama said that he has always held a special place for India due to his childhood years spent in Indonesia listening to the epic Hindu tales of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Maybe it was its (India’s) sheer size, with one-sixth of the world’s population, an estimated two thousand distinct ethnic groups, and more than seven hundred languages spoken, Obama writes on his fascination of India in his latest book ’A Promised Land’.

Obama says he had never been to India before his Presidential visit in 2010, but the country had ”always held a special place in my imagination”. Maybe it was because I’d spent a part of my childhood in Indonesia listening to the epic Hindu tales of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, or because of my interest in Eastern religions, or because of a group of Pakistani and Indian college friends who’d taught me to cook dahl and keema and turned me on to Bollywood movies, Obama writes.

In ”A Promised Land”, Obama gives an account of his journey from the 2008 election campaign to the end of his first term with the daring Abbottabad (Pakistan) raid that killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. ”A Promised Land” is the first of two planned volumes. The first part hit bookstores globally on Tuesday.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Vaccines will be no magic bullet for Covid-19 crisis, says WHO

India’s total active Covid-19 cases lowest in 136 days: Health ministry

IMA scam: Former Congress minister Roshan Baig secures bail

US court orders full reinstatement of DACA to protect undocumented immigrants, including Indians

India biggest buyer of COVID-19 vaccine with 1.6 bn doses, experts say this could cover 60 pc population

Union ministers assemble at PM Modi’s residence ahead of talks with farmers

Bahrain becomes second country to approve Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine



Related Articles More

Vaccines will be no magic bullet for Covid-19 crisis, says WHO

People have a right to demonstrate peacefully: UN spokesperson on farmers’ protest in India

US court orders full reinstatement of DACA to protect undocumented immigrants, including Indians

Bahrain becomes second country to approve Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Biden officially secures enough electors to become president

MUST WATCH

Karnataka bandh over Maratha board | Udayavani

M’luru boat tragedy: Search operation still on for Ansar’s body

Deer falls into well, rescued

Without sulking from his illness, this young man changed his life through agriculture

State government must immediately bring in anti-cow slaughter law: Sri Vishwa Prasanna Tirtha Swamiji

Latest Additions

Vaccines will be no magic bullet for Covid-19 crisis, says WHO

People have a right to demonstrate peacefully: UN spokesperson on farmers’ protest in India

Left Parties Extend Support to Protesting Farmers’ Call for ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Dec 8

Ministers Including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh Meet PM Modi Ahead of Farmer-govt Meeting: Sources

India’s total active Covid-19 cases lowest in 136 days: Health ministry

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.