Last year President Xi ate at a local restaurant and caused a furore – http://chindia-alert.org/2013/12/31/tale-of-xis-dumplings-draws-crowd-society-chinadaily-com-cn/.
Now it’s Prime Minister Modi’s turn to mix with the ‘common man’. though in this case it is with fellow parliamentarians.
The leader of the world’s largest democracy surprised everyone Monday by showing up to eat lunch with the regular riff-raff of Parliament.
Around midday he sat down at canteen used by members of Parliament and dug in to a vegetarian lunch. While the canteen is inside India’s grand Parliament building, the prime minister’s meal was simple.
Not unlike what most Indians ate on Monday, Mr. Modi nibbled on some vegetables and dal with rice and chapati.
His dessert was a bit fancy though, a fruit salad.
“We were stunned,” said Madhu Sheel Kalra, the canteen’s supervisor, who has worked there for 20 years and never seen a Prime Minister stop by for a meal.
Ramashankar, the waiter who served Mr Modi at table number three, said it was one of the proudest moments of his life.
“I felt so happy,” said Mr. Ramashankar, who goes by just one name.
Meanwhile a new factoid about India’s popular prime minister emerged: He’s not a practicing member of the clean-plate club.
“He didn’t finish everything but he enjoyed what he had,” said Ramashankar.
Mr. Modi paid the bill himself. The subsidized meal was only 28 rupees. That’s about half a dollar.
Waiters said he didn’t leave a tip–few parliamentarians do–but he left a nice comment in the guest book, in Sanskrit.
“Blessed are those who serve food,” he wrote.”