I've been observing Atal Ji very closely for last 25-30 years, as a person, politician and as the head of the Union Government. He is a living legend who nurtured so many leaders and unleashed a new era of development as PM. Based on my close encounters with Atalji, here are some known-unknown facets of Atalji’s personality:

Name: Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Father: Late Shri Krishan Bihari Vajpayee

Mother: Late Smt. Krishna Devi

Native: Bateshwar

Birth Place: Gwalior

Brothers/Sisters: 4 brothers and 3 sisters

Who inspired the most: My father, Guruji (Guru Golvalkarji), Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyayji, Shri Bhau Rao Deoras (RSS)

Unforgetable Moment: When he delivered first speech in Hindi at the UN General Assembly

Better Moment: When slapped by a teacher for being naughty in the 5th class.

Behind the success: Destiny (‘Bhagya’)

Why remained bachelor: Didn’t find time.

Most thrilling moment: When called by the President Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma to form the government, despite being in minority.

Most agonizing moment: When lost by one vote in Lok Sabha.

What angers you: When success eludes.

Saddest moment: When Deen Dayalji expired.

 
What do you miss the most: A life without responsibility (‘Fakkadpan’)

Closest friends: Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Shri L.K. Advani, Appa (N.M.) Ghatate, Shri Jaswant Singh, Dr. Mukund Modi, Shri Shiv Kumar

Favourite leader: Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru

Favourite Authors: Sharat Chandra, Prem Chand

Favourite Poets: Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Ramanath Awasthi, Dr. Shiv Mangal Singh Suman, Surya Kant Tripathi ‘Nirala’, Bal Krishna Sharma Naveen, Jagannath Prasad Milind (in Hindi) and Faiz Ahmed Faiz (in Urdu).

Favourite classical artists: Bhim Sen Joshi, Amjad Ali Khan, Hari Prasad, Chaurasia.

Favourite singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh, S. D. Burman

Favourite musician: Sachin Dev Burman

Favourite movie actors: Sanjeev Kumar, Dilip Kumar

Favourite Actresses: Suchitra Sen, Rakhi, Nutan

Favourite Journalist: Many

Favourite cuisine: ‘Khichdi’, ‘Poori-kachori’, ‘Dahi-pakori’, ‘Parantha’, ‘Kheer’, ‘Malpua’, ‘Kachauri’, ‘Mangouri’

Special hobby: Cooking, when he stayed with his father in the hostel, he use to cook food for him as his father never liked outside eatable. Favorite dishes were ‘Moong ki daal’, ‘Urad ki daal’, Tauri, Tinde, Lauki, ‘Kaddu’, ‘Karela’, mooli-rasdaar, poori bhindi, holi ki gujhiya etc.

Favourite clothes: Dhoti-Kurta, occasionally ‘Pathani Suit’, Jodhpuri coat. (As a student, aligarhi Payzama-kameez was the liking. Sherwani and chudidar payzama was also the favourite though occasional wear after becoming an MP)

Clothes for various Occasions: As per the demand of occasion.

Favourite colour: Blue and White

Favourite Season: Winter (Sitting in the Sun: At Safdurjung residence, loved to lie down on ‘chatai’ under the Sun.)

Favourite places: Manali, Mount Abu, Almora

Favourite city abroad: Vancouver (Canada)

Favourite readings: Novel, poem, stories, religious books ‘Maha Bharat’, ‘Ramayan’, Raghuvansh, Maghdoot, Shakespeare’s plays. (Read Vedas as a prisoner at All India Medical Inst.)

Favourite Language: Hindi

Favourite songs: “o re manjhi” & “Sun mere bandh re” – by S. D. Burman and “Kabhi kabhi mere dil main khyal”- by Mukesh & Lata.

Favourite Hindi Film: Devdas, Bandini, Teesri Kasam, Mausam, Mamta, Aandhi.

Favourite TV serial: Not many

Favourite English Films: Bridge over river Kwai, Born Free, Gandhi.

How joined politics: Through poetry

Favourite newspapers: All

Favourite sports: Gulli-danda, Kabaddi, Hockey, Football, Tennis

Favourite Pass-Time: Reading

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My visions for Delhi stems from these inspiring words of Swami Vivekanada. I sincerely believe that Delhi has enough number of brave, bold men and women who can make it not only one of the best cities.

My vision for Delhi is that it should be a city of opportunities where people

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