"These days I spend most of my time reading....I am reading 'Have a Little Faith' by Mitch Albom...and flipping through the pages of his earlier book 'Tuesdays with Morrie' which I have read earlier," Advani, 82, told reporters when asked about how he spends his days now. Albom's 'Tuesdays with Morrie' is a non-fiction book which came out in 1997 and was later made into a television movie of the same name.
The book deals with the true story of sociologist Morrie Schwartz -- who is dying -- and his relationship with his students, specially the author, Albom. 'Have a Little Faith', which Advani is reading these days, is also a true story about Albom and a Rabbi, Albert Lewis.
When not reading, Advani -- a former journalist and film critic -- spends time watching movies, a passion he shares with his daughter Pratibha. "I liked '3 Idiots'. The treatment that this series of movies starting with -- 'Munnabhai MBBS', 'Lage Raho Munnabhai' and now '3 Idiots' -- are given by the producers, director and their team is fantastic," Advani said.
Advani feels the whole team and not just any individual should get the credit for these three movies. "These movies are highly educative while being extremely entertaining," Advani said, praising the novel attempt. Knowing his love for movies, the director and producer of 'Jail' had held a special screening of the film for the former Deputy Prime Minister. He also makes it a point to watch the television talk show hosted by Pratibha on one of the channels.
Though Advani is enjoying his relative peace with his protege Sushma Swaraj succeeding him as Leader of Opposition in the Lower House, he has made it clear that he is not retiring from politics. "My rathyatra (political journey) began when I was 14 years old and joined the RSS. Then we dreamt of getting Independence. After Independence, the dream was to make India one of the most developed nations. My yatra will not come to an end till this is achieved," he said.
Newly appointed BJP President Nitin Gadkari had told reporters earlier in an interview that Advani would continue to work for the party beyond its Parliamentary activities, thus dispelling all doubts that he may be restricted to Parliament after becoming Chairperson of BJP Parliamentary Party. Advani is now looking forward to the BJP National Council in February -- it was his idea that leaders stay in tents for the three-day meet -- and then the important budget session of Parliament.