Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, widely known for his computing and corporate skills, on Monday showcased a new side: his love for poetry.
Speaking at the Microsoft India programme ‘Tech for Good, Ideas for India’ at the national capital, Nadella said: “I had only two passions that have driven my dreams — poetry and computer science.”
He then began his speech quoting Mirza Ghalib, the noted Urdu and Persian poet of the 19th century.
“Hazaaron khwaishein aisi, ke har khwaish pe dum nikle. Bohot nikle mere armaan, fir bhi kam nikle,” Nadella quoted from one of the most popular Urdu verses ever. The couplet translates, “Thousands of aspirations such, that each aspiration takes your breath away… I had many dreams, but they still weren’t enough.”
“Creativity in India can make poetry as well as technology for the world,” he said.
The Microsoft top boss, who is on his third visit to India, reiterated how the tech giant can help the country in its ‘Digital India’ initiative and build technology around augmented reality and virtual reality.
Nadella has often compared poetry to code.