Karishma Mehta, the woman behind Humans of Bombay, has shared some details about her experience interviewing Prime Minister Narendra Modi three years ago. The country’s prime minister and the 27-year-old interviewer had one thing in common – they are both Gujarati – which led to Prime Minister Modi’s opening line when he met Ms Mehta. †Kem cho Mehta ji (How are you, Mehta ji?)” PM Modi asked her.
Ms Mehta, who has interviewed and profiled several leaders, celebrities, politicians and industrialists for Humans of Bombay, says her short interview with Prime Minister Modi holds a special place among all these people.
“I was 27 when I got the chance to interview the Prime Minister of our country,” Mehta wrote in a LinkedIn message yesterday. “The interview lasted about 22 minutes – 22 minutes and that changed the trajectory of my career,” she said.
She explained that the interview with Prime Minister Modi received a lot of hate on social media and taught her that her work should speak for itself.
“What followed? [the interview] was recognition for our work, yes, but also a whirlwind of hatred (the cover of a popular youth magazine put us on the cover with a damning title), accusations and a lot of one-sided slander,” Mehta wrote. That was the point in my life that I learned that silence is golden and that the craft must always speak.”
The Humans of Bombay founder concluded her brief post by saying she would share more about her experience interviewing the Prime Minister at a later date, but did reveal an interesting tidbit before opting out. “I’ll share my experience of the interview another time, but the first thing he asked me was, ‘Kem cho Mehta ji?'” she wrote, adding a smiley face emoji at the end.
In 2019, Humans of Bombay released an interview with Prime Minister Modi in which he spoke about his childhood, his family and his rise to power. The interview was published in five parts on their Facebook and Instagram pages.
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