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 compiling 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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 13, 2015
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.
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In view of 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’.
For First Lady Samantha Cameron, he presented Aranmula metal mirror, a unique GI protected handicraft from Kerala, and some pashmina stoles.