There is just one life for each of us: our own, says Narahari, as he opens up on his lifestyle for the first time with Shobhit Gosain.
- SUN SIGN Pieces
- BIRTHDAY March 1
- HOMETOWN Basanth Nagar, Karimnagar, A.P.
- SCHOOL/COLLEGE Indian Mission Secondary School/ Vasavi College of Engineering, Hyd. (Osmania University)
- OCCUPATION Indian Administrative Service (2001 batch)
- FIRST BREAK Selection in Indian Engineering Services 1999
- HIGH POINT OF YOUR LIFE When my daughter was born
- LOW POINT It was in 1998
- BOOKS AUTHORED 1. Who Owns Mhow? 2. The Making of Ladli Laxmi Yojna
After 3 months (on 31 Dec. 2011) in office, what has been the experience like so far?
I like my job. I am totally into it. I am passionate about my work. It’s my third district as collector and I am enjoying my job here. People have responded positively.
How do you work with people who did not share your philosophy or values?
Basically, it’s all about convincing, taking people in confidence and in this process people tend to believe.
What is the most challenging and most rewarding part of being collector of Gwalior city?
Challenging is the system. Whatever I want to do, what people want us to do, we have to go through the system and system is rigid, so it’s the most difficult part. Rewarding part is the satisfaction when we take a project and we see happiness in the eyes of people.
The last line of your autobiography would read…
..This has been an able man journey.
One song that describes your current state of mind?
Songs from movie Abhimaan or from Munnabhai series.
The most controversial answer you’ve ever given in an interview?
It was about social security scam of Indore in 2005.
The most overrated movie/book?
This recent released movie, Ek MainAur Ekk Tu and the book would be, Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson.
How would you explain Facebook to your grandfather?
This is how I reach out to people who are sitting at home.
One lie you got away with?
Maybe I am too smart to handle things.
What makes your day?
Helping out as many in a day.
The love of your life?
What touches your heart?
Helplessness in poverty.
Describe a typical Sunday in your life.
Reading books and afternoon siesta.
What spoils your day?
Anything which happens to be unplanned. I am a good planner for the day and I hate which go against it.
You are closest to?
My wife, she is also by friend.
What’s the biggest surprise you have ever given your wife?
When I called and told her that I have become an IAS.
What is the last thing you bought under ₹10?
Chocolates for my kids
If you could peep into anyone’s house, whose house it would be?
The White House in Washington, D.C. (U.S.)
Your favourite ride?
Ferrari 360 Modena, which was owned by Sachin Tendulkar.
A food you hate?
Anything which is very mirchi type!
What could you live in?
What would we find in your fridge right now?
Lots of chocolates and food items.
Where did you spend your last summer?
In May-June I went to my native place in Karimnagar near Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh).
If you could invite five people to dinner – living or dead – who would they be?
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (President, South Africa), Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Dev Anand, Savitri Ganesh (Film Actress) and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Are there any other large development projects being planned out for the city?
Development of IT sector, it would be my dream thing to do here.
Any advice for our riders and readers?
Drive safe and be yourself always.