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October 7, 2015

Bhutan witnesses the warmth and simplicity of Didi

Bhutan witnesses the warmth and simplicity of Didi

AgnivoNiyogi | Thimphu

The Prime Minister of Bhutan had said it on Day 1. Bhutan remained witness to Didi’s simplicity and humility on the third day of her visit too.

In her quintessential Hawaii chappals and tant saree, West Bengal Chief Minister embarked upon her routine morning walk on the streets of Thimphu. Despite her packed schedule, she had squeezed time out for her walk today. During her walk, a Bengali family from North 24 Parganas met her and were floored by her charm and warmth.

“We feel our lives have become special. It was great meeting the Chief Minister of your state and having a photograph clicked with her,” said a female member of the group of tourists. A lady, who sells handicrafts on the road right next to the hotel where the CM is staying, echoed her sentiments. She was surprised that a Chief Minister could be so simple and humble.

And not just tourists or local vendors. Even the media delegation visiting Bhutan along with the CM was witness to her kindness. A senior journalist was taken ill and had to be hospitalised; Didi personally visited him and enquired about his health.

Even the writer of this post was witness to a scene where a senior journalist was complaining of cold and out came a tablet from Jangalmahal – Didi’s bag, her companion of all times.

You can take Didi out of Kolkata, but you can never take simplicity and humility out of Didi.