LOOKING BACK

By on December 24, 2015
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LOOKING BACK

Diligence and studiousness have marked Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar’s life over 60 years. From his early years in Parra and school in Margao when Marathi mythological magazine Chandamama was his favourite read to his books in IIT Mumbai, he has had a passion for paper all his life. He served as Chief Minister of Goa for two terms and was later handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be India’s Defence Minister. VIVA GOA traces his life in pictures

Up Close & Personal with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

Date of birth: December 13, 1955

Place of birth: Mapusa

School: Loyola High School, Margao

College: Metallurgical engineering from IIT Bombay

Favourite holiday getaway in India: I have not been on holiday in a long time, but Kulu-Manali is a place I enjoy

Favourite holiday getaway overseas: I like the US,
particularly California

If not a politician, then: A good businessman

Latest read: At The Helm: A Memoir by V Krishnamurthy  

Latest restaurant that blew you away: Goenchin in Panaji is my all-time favourite

High point: Yet to reach

Two people you would love to have over for dinner: Both my sons, Utpal and Abhijat

Passionate about: Any work which is entrusted to me. Do not take on work that you don’t like, but if you take the responsibility, then do it passionately

What helps you unwind: Reading or a movie

3am friends: Sanjay Walvalkar, Sanjiv Desai, Atmaram Nadkarni and Sandeep Kundaikar

A good piece of advice someone gave you 10 years ago: My mother always told me to keep cool since anger always destroys you and coolness destroys your enemy

Strategy in a crisis: Keep cool, think and work

Last thing you bought for `10: A newspaper

Favourite political figure: Narendra Modi

Favourite moment in history: Goa’s Liberation in 1961 and India’s 1971 victory over Pakistan.

A little known fact about you: I’m very emotional

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