"When I met Rahul Gandhi in 2007, his style of functioning prompted me to take him as a role model. I had been elected a trade union leader and he had come to Bangalore," said Lakshmi Priya.
"I met him several times between 2007 and 2010 in connection with the book. The book is an observation of Rahul Gandhi's leadership quality and his views on rural development, rural uplift, sustainable development and his engagement with the marginalized sections of the society," said Lakshmi Priya.
The upcoming writer said "she knew of the other biographies of Rahul Gandhi which had probed the Congress general secretary's personal life and his party polity."
"But my book is academic and research-based. I have not touched his personal life or his Congress politics. I have compared his policies and interaction with people from the social fringe to those by great leaders. I have drawn analogy from the Bhagwad Gita to comment on his vision of leadership," said Lakshmi Priya.
The writer said she "was the first to approach Rahul Gandhi with an idea for a political account in 2007 when he was not the general secretary of the Congress party". "He knew about the book from the manuscript stage. But by the time I completed my book few more Rahul Gandhi biographies had arrived in the market."
"I am ready with my next book on Rahul Gandhi's views about women's empowerment, national security and employment," she said, adding that Rahul Gandhi has three copies of her book.