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Rembrandt is one of the greatest artists in history, with his name alone being synonymous with fine art itself!  Yet, few know him as one of the earliest European admirers of Mughal Art. At the peak of his career, he was influenced by Mughal miniatures and did several etchings based on these.  He drew at least 2 dozen versions of Mughal miniatures he had collected and some of his artworks from a later period reflect this “oriental” inspiration. Back in…

On any given weekend, my head is usually occupied with the thoughts of food. The tastebuds have been working over time for a year now – ever since I started following my friend Richa’s amazing food stories. Turns out that Kings and Royalty had a thing for food too. The cookbooks of Akbar, Shahjahan and Aurangzeb give us an idea of the history of Mughal cuisine. Apart from royal food, you also get to look into their kitchen! For instance,…

If you’re a Roald Dahl fan like me, you’d recall the part where Grandpa Joe narrates the story of Prince Pondicherry who wrote to Willy Wonka, asking him to travel all the way to India and build a palace of chocolate! This Palace, as Wonka predicted, melted, but all the other architectural wonders in the town have stayed – some of it restored, and some under restoration; but the iconic Marie (French for town hall) building wasn’t as lucky and was…

The last 10 days have only been about coming to terms with the currency demonetisation. And just like every cloud has a silver lining, mine has been about discovering the RBI Museum. Most Mumbaikars, are still pretty clueless about the Museum which houses itself on the ground floor of the RBI premises in Fort area, South Mumbai. Started in 1998, the RBI Monetary Museum is divided into 6 sections and can leave you spellbound with the 1000-year old story of world…

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