At Sonia Gandhi’s thank you lunch on July 18 for UPA allies, she and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were all charm. She had Lalu Yadav, Sharad Pawar and Ram Vilas Paswan on her table. The Prime Minister’s table had Farooq Abdullah, Praful Patel, Rahul Gandhi, Mulayam Singh Yadav and P. Chidambaram. Mulayam sat next to Chidambaram, so there wasn’t much conversation because of the language barrier. But there was much talk between the others about fitness, Srinagar and golf. No guesses on who dominated the chatter.