Namaste Chancellor Merkel! Warm welcome to you & the delegation. I look forward to fruitful discussions & strengthening India-Germany ties.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 4, 2015
The two leaders first visited the German automotive major Bosch’s facility in Bangalore on Tuesday, the 6th of October. They interacted with its executives on research and innovation to get a firsthand view of its operations in India’s tech hub. PM Modi and Chancellor Merkel also exchanged views on how to help the government promote ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ initiatives. The PM remarked, "It is the software of India that will move the hardware of the world."
Witnessing the various technological innovations at Bosch. pic.twitter.com/s5sx61O4ce— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 6, 2015
After the Bosch visit, they attended an IT event which was organized by the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and the German Fraunhofer Institute on “Digitising Tomorrow”. Amongst the 18 deals signed (worth $2.25 billion), an agreement was also signed under which German will be taught in Kendriya Vidyalayas or central schools across India as an additional foreign language while modern Indian languages will be taught in Germany. PM Modi hailed Germany as India's natural partner, and believes that India and Germany can be strong partners in advancing a more human, peaceful, just and sustainable future for the world.
Very pleased with the discussions with Chancellor Merkel & the broad range of outcomes that will benefit our nations pic.twitter.com/jLHFpHZGOW— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 5, 2015
I laud Chancellor Merkel for her vision where German engineering & Indian IT fuse to create world class products.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 6, 2015
While the two talk technology in Bangalore, Chef Kunal Kapur dishes up a special meal in honour of their visit. Chef Kunal is one of the most celebrated faces of Indian cuisine today. The carefully curated menu had a Satvik theme. This exclusive lunch, organized by NASSCOM and hosted by PM Narendra Modi in honour of the Chancellor of Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel, also featured distinguished guests including the Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises Mr. Sunil Mittal, Chairman of Wipro Limited Mr. Azim Premji and other renowned industrialists from across the world at The Leela Bangalore, today. The event was hosted by the PM to discuss the role of technology and innovation in manufacturing and IT services and to promote the government's promising 'Make in India' and 'Digital India' initiatives.
Super excited to be cooking for PM @NarendraModi & German Chancellor #AngelaMerkel at #DigitizingTomorrow#modikunalpic.twitter.com/HfH6UfQxkz— Kunal Kapur (@ChefKunalKapur) October 6, 2015
Using the best quality coconuts flown from Kerala @narendramodi#AngelaMerkel#DigitizingTomorrow@PMOIndia@nasscompic.twitter.com/EfZBKdFNoQ— Kunal Kapur (@ChefKunalKapur) October 6, 2015
Chef Kunal Kapur, Executive Sous Chef, The Leela Group said, “It was an honor to cook for PM Modi ji & other dignitaries at the NASSCOM event. In line with the PM’s efforts to bring India together through his Digital India campaign, the culinary team also tried to bring the diversity in the country alive through culinary fare. The menu featured food from across the country and was presented with great simplicity and elegance. In accordance with Mr. Modi’s preference, we presented him home style food cooked with authentic and simple recipes to keep the meal light, healthy and delectable”.
So what was on the menu? For Chancellor Merkel’s last day in the country, Chef Kunal kick-started the meal with a healthy welcome drink, ‘Sambharam’ which is a spiced buttermilk flavoured with lemongrass. An exceptional homemade Mango and Chilli Pickle and a Chundo complemented the array of vegetarian starters served to the diners. Of special note was the ‘Murungaelai Adai’, which is a drumstick leaf pancake. This was paired beautifully with Chef Kapur’s homemade pickles including ‘Mahali’, a traditional Tamil Brahmin pickle made of roots, possessing a unique smell of vanilla and cinnamon. He also served Allepey Fish Curry with Nilgiri Korma, Palkatti Pattani Masala, Araichivitta Sambar, red rice and Malabar Paratha. The Vazhapoo Vada (banana blossom fitters) was highly appreciated when served steaming hot with fresh coconut chutney.
As she leaves India, gratitude to Chancellor Merkel. This has been a productive visit, which has taken India-Germany ties to newer heights.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 6, 2015