PM Narendra Modi showers accolades on Uttar Pradesh artist
Kanpur: “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”, this quote by famous essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson pertinently describes the story of Sandeep Soni, a youth from Barra locality in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, who carved the Holy Bhagwadgita on a wooden plank with his utter passion and presented it to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament Office on Tuesday last.
His life changed overnight when he received the appreciation of his work from none other than the Prime Minister himself who tweeted about him. Since then, it was a celebration time in the family.
The Prime Minister's tweet:
Sandeep Soni presented to me a copy of the Gita, carved on wood. I thank him for his kind gesture. pic.twitter.com/mbFKR0cEKP
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 8, 2016
The Bhajrtiya Janata Party (BJP) District President Surendra Maithani visited Soni’s residence after he returned to Kanpur, on Wednesday, to felicitate him. Maithani honoured him and his mother with shawls. He also dubbed Soni as a precious gem of Kanpur city and promised to help him in every possible way.
- Earlier, he received an invitation from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to meet his role model Narendra Modi at the Parliament Office.
- Soni took his mother along with him to meet the Prime Minister and together they presented him the piece of the artist's creativity.
- Hailing from the lower middle class family, Sandeep was clad with the responsibility of getting his sisters married. He completed a course in Carpentry from the ITI and soon started to work at a shop.
- He started working on this project in 2009 and completed the herculean task with firm determination in 2013.
- He lives in Barra area along with his wife, mother and two children and hails from Tiwaripur village of Rae Bareli district.
- He even works as a newspaper hawker in the morning.