Twenty underprivileged children from two city shelters run by CINI, an NGO working for poor children, were provided with a sumptuous treat at an upscale city restaurant on the eve of World Friendship Day.

"What matters is the realisation that they are no less important than others in society. They can also enjoy the friendship day with gusto," a CINI spokesperson said.

Afreen, Ruksana, Rini, Sampa, Raju, Saraf, Imtiaz and 13 others were yesterday taken to the three-star multicuisine hub, where an entire row was reserved for them to savour the food, specially made for them.

They were treated to Chicken Thai Green Curry, Royal Harabhara Kebab, Fish Amritsari and Murgh Hyderabadi Dum Biryani.

Asked which delicacy they liked the most, the children said in chorus "the chicken preparation with thick greenish gravy."

Actor Mumtaj Sorcar spent time with the children and cut a ‘Friendship Day’ cake with them.

"I want to be someone in life with enough money so that I can come to such places on my own. I need to study hard for that," Rini, one of the 10 girls, told Mumtaj 

"We don’t wish to share details about their past …

some of whom having been rescued from trafficking. The boys are all housed at our Sealdah shelter and the girls are lodged in CINI Amader Bari after being rehabilitated by our volunteers", the spokesperson said.