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What happens in city homes when the PM comes calling

Ranchi skies opened up to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi as did thousands at Prabhat Tara Ground in Dhurwa. But what about the people who couldn’t make it to the venue to hear the pradhan sevak live? The Telegraph hears them out

Bowled over

“I had to take leave from work today as my five-year-old son’s school (St Xavier’s) gave a holiday due to the PM’s visit and I don’t leave my child alone at home with a helper. After Janmashtami, this was the second day off in the week and I was depressed thinking I would have to work on Sunday to compensate, leaving my husband behind at home. But, when I watched our Prime Minister’s speech on television at home, I was bowled over. He gave me enough reasons to rebuild my faith that I was about to lose due to continuous price rise of commodities.”

Dr Radhika (early 30s), a radiologist associated with a leading diagnostics centre

VVIP at home

“My younger sister-in-law Kalyani Sinha was due for delivery today (Thursday) around 11.30am at a noted city nursing home in Hinoo. When her labour pains started, we were worried as most of her family members stay in Dhurwa. Due to the PM’s visit, city security was tight and Dhurwa had become a fort. We were worried that her relatives might not be able to make it to the nursing home across town. But god blessed us. They managed to come and mother and baby boy are doing well too. Everyone is asking us if we’ll name the infant Narendra!”

Pratibha Sinha (40), Hinoo homemaker

Maid’s day out

“My wife and I work in private companies and our daughter, a Class III student of DPS, had a school holiday due to the PM’s visit. So, we wanted our household help to stay at home with our daughter. But, in the morning, our maid called us saying that she and her neighbours were going to Dhurwa to see the Prime Minister. It was her democratic right, we couldn’t have said no, but then either my wife or I had had to sit at home with our daughter. For people like us, sudden changes are hard to manage. Don’t ask what we did.”

Ajay Kumar (38), professional in an infrastructure company, Ashok Nagar