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Mirza Ghalib's poetry a source of inspiration, says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Tuesday May 31, 2016 11:10 AM, Agencies

Satya Nadella
[Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella calling on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on May 30, 2016.]

New Delhi:
Quoting a famous couplet of renowned Urdu Poet Mirza Ghalib, Microsoft's India-born CEO Satya Nadella on Monday asked entrepreneurs from India to be bold and offered the platform of the US-based technology giant for their ventures.

Saying Ghalib's famous lines are a source of inspiration for him, Nadella quoted, "Hazaaron khwahishen aisi ke har khwahish pe dam nikle, Bahut niklay mere armaan, lekin phir bhi kam nikle", according to PTI.

Encouraging youngsters in the audience at an event here to be bold and ambitious, he said, "I learn something new (from these Ghalib lines)... There are so many layers in there... My interpretation of that is... it's not just your dreams being fulfilled, it is your ability to dream that is worth dying for. It is a source of inspiration."

Mirza Ghalib was the preeminent Urdu and Persian-language poet during the last years of the Mughal Empire, India.

Nadella, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad among others here today, is on his third visit to India since taking over as head of the world's top technology company.

Nadella said Microsoft's mission "is to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more.

"It's not about celebrating our technologies. It's about celebrating technologies that you all in India create. In fact, I want us to be the platform creators that foster the ingenuity of what is happening in India." In his meeting with Modi, Nadella discussed "various issues pertaining to the IT sector".

Earlier in the day, Nadella met Prasad and discussed how Microsoft's contribution to the government's Digital India initiative can be enhanced.

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