Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Facebook's sprawling campus in Menlo Park in California for a townhall meeting on Sunday, and the social media giant is all set and 'serious' to host its VIP guest.
According to reports, Facebook has issued an advisory for its employees to dress decently for Modi's event. While it's formal business attire for men - suits, women have been asked to attend the event in 'nice dresses'. They have been advised against wearing "sleeveless shirts and shorts".
The reported dress code advisory from a company whose CEO - Mark Zuckerberg - wears casuals to work has surprised many.
Even, the red carpet that was spread for Narendra Modi at San Jose airport came special delivery courtesy the State Department to give a formal welcome to the prime minister in the notoriously casual Silicon Valley, local media reported.
The five feet wide and 30 feet long red nylon carpet was custom-built to specifications used by the US State Department and shipped to Silicon Valley earlier this week by a New Jersey rug company, San Jose Mercury News reported.
It was delivered to Mineta San Jose International Airport a day before the first Indian Prime Minister to visit California in 33 years landed here on Saturday to enlist the support of Bay Area's tech titans for his Digital India initiative.
"You have this very casual T-shirt culture butting heads with thousands of years of diplomacy," Deanna Tryon Tryon, who a year ago became the first Silicon Valley chief of protocol, was quoted as saying.
It's his job to help 43 cities, five counties and their local businesses and advocacy groups manage flag etiquette, "orders of precedence" and other finer points of diplomatic welcome.
The New Jersey rug company that made the rug was recommended to Tryon by Hollywood star Joe Pesci, the "Goodfellas" actor.
The company, RedCarpetStore.com has also designed a white carpet for Pope Francis to walk down for a service in Philadelphia, Mercury News said.
"We do every color under the sun," said owner Joel Resnick, noting that he also carpeted the wedding of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka.
(With IANS inputs)