Rajiv Gandhi met Sonia Gandhi at Cambridge. In 1968, they married and Sonia Gandhi moved into the house of her mother-in-law, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Rajiv Gandhi had a passion for music - Western and Hindustani classical - and photography.
Upon returning to India, Rajiv Gandhi obtained a commercial pilot's license from the Delhi Flying Club and became a pilot with Indian Airlines
Politics didn't interest Rajiv Gandhi initially. He was a pilot and joined the Indian Airlines in 1970.
Rajiv Gandhi had to take on a bigger role in politics after the death of his more ambitious brother Sanjay Gandhi in a plane crash in 1980.
Rajiv Gandhi contested the polls from his brother's seat Amethi. He became the president of the Indian Youth Congress in 1981.
During his tenure as Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi passed the anti-defection law in 1985, according to which an elected Member of Parliament could not join an opposition party till the next election.
Rajiv Gandhi is remembered as a charismatic politician who took big steps to facilitate India's IT revolution.
Rajiv Gandhi was on an election campaign at Sripermebadur, Tamil Nadu, where he was assassinated on the 21st of May 1991.