My childhood was spent listening to Ramayana, Mahabharata: Barack Obama

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By: Jeet Ghosh

Last Update: 2020-11-17 12:04:30 IST

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Perhaps it was its (Indian) sheer magnitude, with an approximate two thousand different ethnic cultures, one-sixth of the world's people, and much more over seven hundred dialects spoken," Obama states in his new novel, "A Promised Land

Barack Obama, the former US President, claimed that because of his boyhood days spent in Indonesia hearing to the legendary Hindu accounts of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, he has mostly kept a privileged position for India. 

"Perhaps it was its (Indian) sheer magnitude, with an approximate two thousand different ethnic cultures, one-sixth of the world's people, and much more over seven hundred dialects spoken," Obama states in his new novel, "A Promised Land". 

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Obama states that before his presidential trip in 2010, he have not been to India, but the place "has created a special spot in my mind."

"Perhaps that was because I spent the majority of my upbringing in Indonesia hearing to the glorious Hindu accounts of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, or due to my fascination in Eastern faiths, or because of a bunch of college friends from Pakistan and India who helped me to prepare dal and keema and hooked me on to Bollywood movies," Obama wrote. 

Obama offers an account of his trip from the 2008 electoral campaign to the conclusion of his first tenure in "A Promised Land' with the bold strike on Abbottabad (Pakistan) that executed Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda. 

The first of two scheduled volumes is "A Promised Land". On Tuesday, the first portion reached bookstores worldwide.

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