Siasat.com: Dinner Diplomacy a Hit after PM Gives Protocol a Miss
Monday, 8 November 2010
New Delhi, November 08: Lilting tunes wafted across the lush green lawns of the Race Course residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as he hosted a private dinner tonight for US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.
Mahatma Gandhi's favourite bhajan Vaishnav Jan to tene kahiye jay peerh paraaye janney ray played by the Indian Navy and BSF Camels Band was heard with rapt attention by Obama, a self-confessed disciple of the Father of the Nation.
This was followed by the all-time hit from Waqt - O meri zohra jabeen, tujhe maloom nahin.
The US President and first lady were were seated at the head table with Prime Minister Singh, his wife Gursharan Kaur, Sonia Gandhi, Pranab Mukherjee and Rahul Gandhi.
The dinner started with shorba and mulligatawny soups and the main course included dum ki guchhi, jhinga dum nisha, mahi dum anari, ran-e dumpukht, qasr-e pukhtan, subz miloni, chukki gobhi badami, dal dumpukht, murgh yakhni pulao, motia pulao and a variety of Indian breads.
The dessert included kesar phirni, mawa potli and raspberry ganache tart. The catering was from ITC Maurya where the Obamas are staying.
Obama and Michelle went around different tables greeting about 60 guests. They talked and shook hands with the invitees, who also included Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
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