How Modi impressed Obama

Here's a look at a few things that are believed to be factors which may have impressed the US President


Web Desk January 27, 2015
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US President Barack Obama's much talked about visit to India earlier this week went rather well if the 'big hug' he received is anything to go by, The Wall Street Journal reported. 

As the much anticipated visit came to an end on January 26, here's a look at a few things that are believed to be factors which may have impressed Obama.



Although Narendra Modi seemed like he was wearing a regular pinstriped suit, upon close inspection you can see that they weren't just pinstripes, but in fact Modi's full name woven into the material of his suit - Narendra Damordaras Modia - which created an illusion of pinstripes from a distance.



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Being the most powerful man in the world, it wouldn't come as a surprise that Obama is used to very little sleep each night. However, on his visit, he learned that Modi was even more sleep deprived than he was.

“He was explaining to me today how he only needed three hours’ sleep, which made me feel bad; I thought I was doing okay with five,” Obama was reported as saying.



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Amid talks of the civil-nuclear deal, we're not quite sure how a crocodile came up in conversation.

“What I didn’t know until now is that he once survived an attack by a crocodile,” Obama reportedly said of Modi during his toast.

Modi also shared a story of his time in high school when he had climbed a tree to free a bird caught in a kite string.



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The menu for the lunch hosted by Modi for Obama had Modi written all over it.

Starters: Nadru ke goolar, a spicy kebab made with lotus stem. The lotus, India’s national flower, is also the symbol of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Mains: Buttermilk-laced Gujarati kadhi from Modi’s home state, Desert: Gajar ka halwa- sweet carrot pudding- in orange, the color of the BJP.





Wearing a striking saffron-coloured scarf with a paisley pattern, Modi's style statement was acknowledged by Obama himself. "And he also has style," Obama had said.

"One of our newspapers back home wrote, "Move aside, Michelle Obama.  The world has a new fashion icon,’” he continued.

Michelle Obama's printed dress and coat ensemble from Bibhu Mohapatra's spring collection wasn't enough according to a poll of India Real Time readers of which, 85% said that Modi dressed better.



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COMMENTS (9)

awais ahmad | 6 years ago | Reply

@Mega

Blame your media, not me.

Shahid | 6 years ago | Reply

India has done well. No denying the fact.

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