LONDON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday gifted his British counterpart David Cameron a specially handcrafted pair of bookends with verses from Bhagavad Gita engraved on it and a book compiled of letters sent by Indian soldiers during the World War I when they served in France.
“Presented PM @David_Cameron a specially handcrafted pair of bookends made of wood, marble and silver,” Modi tweeted.
The centrepiece of each of these bookends is a silver bell which has a verse from the Bhagavad Gita etched in Sanskrit, along with its English meaning along the inside rim.
These verses are taken from Chapter 13 of the Bhagavad Gita.
Keeping in mind Cameron’s fondness for Robert Graves’ work on World War I ‘Goodbye to All That’, the Prime Minister also presented to him David Omissi’s ‘Indian Voices of the Great War’.
To First Lady Samantha Cameron, he presented an Aranmula metal mirror, a unique GI protected handicraft from Kerala, and some pashmina stoles.