Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Apple founder Steve Jobs were born thousands of miles away from one another, but the trajectory of their lives had some peculiar similarities.
As Apple revels in the launch of iPhone 7, the rest of the world continues to remember Jobs for pioneering change in the world of technology with his out-of-the-box thinking.
Jobs has a huge fan base in India, a country with growing number of start ups. But there are very few iconic personalities, here at home, with commonalities to the iPhone creator.
Surprisingly enough, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, despite belonging to a completely different profession, comes closest to Jobs.
Born in the 50s
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi was born on September 17, 1950 in Mehsana district of Gujarat, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco. Jobs, who was born to a Syrian father, referred to his biological parents as “my sperm and egg bank.” He was adopted shortly after his birth by a couple named Clara and Paul Jobs.
Both had humble beginnings. Steve Jobs started working on his first computer in a garage at his parent’s house. In his famous 2005 commencement speech to Stanford University, Jobs spoke about his time in college, “It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5 cent deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the seven miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s father sold tea at a tea stall he set up at the local railway station. In his early years, Narendra Modi helped his father at this tea stall.
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