Only With Modi.
In his toast during a state dinner on Sunday in New Delhi, President Barack Obama gave an insight into his visit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Here are some things we’d like to suggest could only happen during a visit to Mr. Modi.
He’ll Wear His Name on His Sleeve
Mr. Modi wore a pinstripe suit Sunday during talks with Mr. Obama.
Look very closely. The words “Narendra Damodardas Modi” were embroidered into the suit to make those stripes. No kidding.
He’ll Out Sleep-Deprive You
As one of the world’s most-powerful men, Mr. Obama is probably used to winning the “I’m-more-sleep-deprived- than-you” game. Not this time.
“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,” Mr. Obama said.
He’ll Tell You About His Fight With a Crocodile
“What I didn’t know until now is that he once survived an attack by a crocodile,” Mr. Obama said of Mr. Modi during his toast.
We’re not sure how this came up in conversation. They were supposed to be hammering out a civil-nuclear deal.
Up to now, this crocodile tale was the stuff of Narendra Modi comic book legend.
Other stories include the day a young Narendra in high school, climbed a tree to free a bird caught in a kite string. In the book, the bird was “thankful” and looked lovingly into Mr. Modi’s eyes before flying off.
He’ll Put Himself on the Menu
The menu for the lunch hosted for Mr. Obama on Sunday had Mr. Modi written all over it.
For the main: Buttermilk-laced Gujarati Kadhi from Mr. Modi’s home state, Gujarat.
And, for desert, Gajar Ka Halwa, or sweet-carrot pudding — in orange, the color of the BJP.
He’ll Dress Better Than Your Wife
This is something Mr. Obama almost acknowledged himself.
Mr. Modi met the U.S. President and the First Lady at the airport Sunday morning wearing a striking saffron-colored scarf with a paisley pattern. His fashion statement pulled focus even from Michelle Obama’s printed dress and coat ensemble from Bibhu Mohapatra’s spring collection.