July 28, 2015
Mamata Banerjee fights jet lag – With a walk around in London
Mamata Banerjee beat her jet-lag in her own quintessential style, by walking around London.
After breakfast at the St James Court – where the Chief Minister of Bengal is staying during her 5-day visit to London – Ms Banerjee decided to take a walk around the streets of London, apparently to beat jet lag. The 7-km walk was done in quintessentially Mamata Banerjee style – rubber flip flops and cotton saree and a shawl to beat the cold winds.
She decided to walk down Victoria Street and led herself into St James Park – no Google maps, no local Londoner to show her the way. That was the way she explored central London.
The walk ended with a visit to a coffee shop. Coffee shops like these were “a must” in Kolkata and may mean more jobs, an official recalled her saying.
The Mayor of Kolkata was said to have a verbal message sent to her through an official was accompanying her. The message: “Please look around London, and see if we can take ideas for the city of Kolkata back with us”.
Back home, the Chief Minister has already started a project to beautify the Hooghly (Ganga) river, taking London’s Thames river as a model.
The article was first published in NDTV website