Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday took time off his busy schedule to ride in a crowded metro and went shopping for books at a bookstore in Bengaluru.
"Gandhi, accompanied by party leaders, rode the metro and later shopped for some books at a bookstore in the city centre," a party official said.
The party chief boarded the busy metro at Vidhana Soudha metro station and alighted at MG Road station, after a five-minute ride via Cubbon Park metro station in the central business district.
Gandhi, who is on a two-day weekend visit to poll-bound Karnataka, delighted fellow commuters by posing for selfies.
Party's state unit chief G.Parameshwara, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge and state in-charge K.C.Venugopal, among others, accompanied him on the metro ride. Siddaramaiah bought the tickets for all the party leaders.
After alighting at the MG Road metro station, Gandhi walked across the high street, which was recently renovated to showcase as a vehicle-free pedestrian plaza.
He walked into The Bookworm bookstore on Church Street in the upscale street to browse through books, while Siddaramaiah bought and gifted five books to him.
These included Tamil writer Perumal Murugan's "The Goat Thief", British author Karen Armstrong's "A History of God", "The Art of Living" by Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh and a book on the Japanese concept of 'Ikigai', which means 'a reason for being'.
During the day, Gandhi also had a meal at a popular restaurant in the city centre Koshy's, where the restaurant staff showed him pictures of his grandmother and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and great grandfather and the country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru dining at the well-known eatery.