PM Modi maintains busy schedule to keep fatigue at bay: officials

PM Modi clocks 20 meetings in his 65-hour stay in U.S.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ability to maintain a high level of energy while keeping a busy schedule on his trips abroad has drawn curious enquiries from admirers and sceptics alike. Official sources say that one of his tricks is to pack his hours with back-to-back engagements so that it doesn’t let the mind think much about any fatigue.

As Mr. Modi returned from his three-day visit to the U.S. on September 26, sources said travelling around at a hectic pace while keeping tiredness at bay is not a new attribute of him.

"When he used to visit the U.S. in the 1990s, an airline at that time used to give a monthly travel pass at heavily discounted rates. To make the most of it, Modi would always travel in the night as this ensured that he could visit most places while not having to spend a penny on hotels. His night would be invariably spent at the airport and in the plane," a source said.

As soon as he steps on the flight, the prime minister tunes his body and sleep cycle to the time zone of the destination, sources added, noting that if this means even if it is night in India when he takes off, he may not sleep if it would be day in the country of destination.

He does the same thing when returning to India and tunes his body and sleep cycle according to the Indian time, ensuring that he is fresh and ready to go when he lands during the day time.

Mr. Modi also ensures drinking a lot of water as doctors suggest that the air in the plane sucks out moisture in the body, they added.

20 meetings in 65-hour

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-day trip to the United States was packed with meetings as he attended 20 of them during the around 65 hours he spent in the country, sources said.

He also had four long meetings in flights with officials on the way to and back from the U.S., they added. Sharing details, sources said mr. Modi had two meetings in flight on Wednesday on the way to the U.S. and three in the hotel upon his arrival.

On September 23, he had five meetings with as many CEOs followed by talks with U.S. Vice-President Kamala Harris and bilateral interactions with his Japanese and Australian counterparts Yoshihide Suga and Scott Morrison respectively. He also chaired three internal meetings. He had a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden the next day and then attended the Quad meet. Sources said Mr. Modi also held four internal meetings on September 24.

As Mr. Modi left the U.S. for India on September 25, he held two meetings in the flight back, sources said. The Prime Minister is known to keep a busy schedule on his overseas trips, packing his stay with important meetings.

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