A visiting world leader. A camera-happy Prime Minister. A social-media obsessed country.
Naturally, India's always just minutes away from our next meme.
Last year it was US President Barack Obama. This year it is French President Francois Hollande. Both invited, a year apart, to be Republic Day guest of honour. Very few heads of state get to experience the grandeur of a Republic Day Parade, but before he gets to the main event, President Hollande kicked off his trip in Chandigarh. Why Chandigarh, you may ask? Well, we don't have a clue either.
What we did know was that there would be photo-ops galore.
PM Modi, after all, is known to never hold back when greeting world leaders, from hugging Obama to holding hands with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif. Sometimes, the photo ops don't even need to involve a second person - we all remember that suit and this photo with terracotta warriors in China, after all.
On their return to New Delhi, Modi and Hollande took an 'eco-friendly' metro ride to Gurgaon, to inaugurate the interim secretariat of the International Solar Alliance at an event at the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) on Monday.
Naturally, the cameras went wild again. And where you have a bunch of cameras clicking nonstop, you're bound to have 'a moment'.
This trip has already seen two of them. And Twitter, which seemed to be waiting with bated breath for the gift of the next big meme, erupted in joy when two photographs hit their timelines.
Here's what happened next.
There is always one Modi to look at the camera รรรยข รรรยข รยขรรรยข รรรยข รยขฐ pic.twitter.com/YSO1Vg9QY1- Kapil (@kapsology) January 25, 2016
Modi ji laughing behind Modi Ji for not looking in the camera pic.twitter.com/ZuNMq5Me0P- Bad Company. (@RowdyTalks) January 25, 2016
Modi Ji & the Camera make a better love story than Twilight.- Arnab Goswami (@3DArnab) January 25, 2016
Was surprised to See Modi not Looking at the Camera, and then i Saw Modi Looking at the Camera pic.twitter.com/ahBofuto2B- Joy (@Joydas) January 25, 2016
Well if those are anything to go back, take a look at these reactions to Modi's 'epic Titanic' moment at the rock garden in Chandigarh.
Good that the PM is personally frisking Hollande. Never trust the French. pic.twitter.com/ZXNkF36Jpi- Scotchy (@scotchism) January 24, 2016
After the Awkward Hug, Holande turned back to escape Modi but... pic.twitter.com/VyIcjbnTqa- Joy (@Joydas) January 24, 2016
Shake it DaddyShake it Shake it Shake it Daddyyyy! pic.twitter.com/4iL1tq5OCx- Ankur Bhardwaj (@Bhayankur) January 24, 2016
"Mr Francis, here comes my Hollande" pic.twitter.com/Zr6uvmfprU- Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) January 24, 2016
New level in bilateral ties unlocked pic.twitter.com/Q3Rh9FMZjm- Taz (@xtahzy) January 24, 2016
Wen u dans in d sangeat evn tho ur nt dat gud pic.twitter.com/qciz9Fc3fm- Rohan (@mojorojo) January 24, 2016
Where there's a foreign president, our own cannot be far behind. Two other gems from Hollande's trip come from a meeting with President Mukherjee.
Hollande: Let's go for lunch?Modi: Hard Rock Cafe?Hollande:...Modi: LOL pic.twitter.com/J47WxdObSc- Sahil Shah (@SahilBulla) January 24, 2016
And finally, if it isn't him looking at the camera, chances are because he's looking into it.
Modi either looks at or looks into the camera... pic.twitter.com/rh81JzUd2O- The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) January 25, 2016
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