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Narendra Modi gifts David Cameron bookends with Gita verses on it

For First Lady Samantha Cameron, Narendra Modi presented Aranmula metal mirror, a unique GI protected handicraft from Kerala, and some pashmina stoles.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presenting a specially handcrafted pair of bookends to his British counterpart David Cameron. (Source: Twitter @narendramodi)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi presenting a specially handcrafted pair of bookends to his British counterpart David Cameron. (Source: Twitter @narendramodi)

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.

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.