Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival in the United States of America, Republic TV exclusively spoke to Kiran Verma, who is the PM's chef in Texas on Saturday. Well known in Texas for her Indian restaurant, Kiran Verma explained the inspiration behind the dishes like Namo Thali. Mentioning the fact that she had cooked for many dignitaries in the past, she opined that cooking for the PM gave her a lot of joy. Verma stated that she wanted to honour him in every way possible, whether it was the Namo Thali or the Namo Mishti Thali.
She observed that she liked to do a lot of research on what the PM liked to eat and what his mother cooked for him. Indirectly referring to the pictures of PM Modi and his mother having lunch which had gone viral, she said that her focus was on what his mother cooked for him on the occasion of his birthday. Verma noted that it was easy to find out about such things without being close to them. Later, she showed a glimpse of what the Namo Thali looked like, comprising of methi thepla, samosa with mint chutney, kachori with mint chutney, khichdi and khandvi.
PM Modi is all set to address the 'Howdy, Modi!' community gathering, being hosted in his honour, in Houston, Texas on September 22. The event is going to be held at the NRG stadium, that can accommodate 72,220 people at any point in time. Moreover, US President Donald Trump is going to be present on the occasion. The White House Press Secretary stated that ways to deepen the energy and trade relationship would be discussed during the meeting between PM Modi and the US President. Subsequently, the PM thanked President Trump’s “special gesture”. He opined that President Trump joining the 'Howdy, Modi!' programme was a recognition of the contribution of the Indian community to American society and economy. Also, singing sensation Sparsh Shah has been selected to perform the Indian National Anthem at the event. Afterwards, he has multiple bilateral meetings lined up with various Heads of the countries along with engagements at the United Nations.