Seoul: As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh struggled with other G20 leaders to reach a common ground on how to come out of the global economic crisis and ensure a sustained growth in the future, his wife Gursharan Kaur got a taste of South Korean hospitality and a recipe book from her host over dinner.
South Korean first lady Kim Yoon-ok hosted a reception for a dozen spouses of the G20 leaders at Leeum Samsung Museum of Art here on Thursday night, close to the venue for the summit, the National Museum of Korea.
According to Indian officials, the Prime Minister's wife got a book on Korean recipes published by the first lady herself, over fusion cuisine and a performance by a renowned pianist after they saw some contemporary and traditional Korean art displayed at the museum.
No male counterparts joined them, even though the G20 leaders here include three women heads of state or government -- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Kaur, who was wearing a grey-blue Kanjeevaram silk sari at the evening banquet, was set to enjoy a royal meal on Friday noon after a visit to a Changdeok Palace, a heritage site here, officials said.
Prior to that, the ladies were to visit the Korea Furniture Museum and a fashion show of traditional Korean attire.
First Published: Friday, November 12, 2010, 09:04