When Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New York on Friday, he received a welcome rarely reserved for political figures and often seen among fans at rock concerts.
In short, Modi's welcome in the United States was nothing short of a rockstar welcome by scores of Indians thronging the hotel where he is staying.
Modi is visiting the United States after 14 long years, and he has arrived in New York with a strong mandate and riding a popularity wave among Indians both at home and abroad, not seen in decades.
Thousands of members of the Indian community in America are waiting for his speech at the Madison Square Garden on Sunday, an iconic venue in Manhattan.
Modi got down to the first set of his over 50 engagements in the US, and met with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday, where he is reported to have had discussions on the lines of his pet project -- smart cities.
He also met Nobel Laureate Prof Harold Varmus and discussed the issue of cancer treatment.