Thursday, April 11, 2013

Banknotes Of Bhutan

It gives me great pleasure and pride to say that my classmate - Anil Bohora - from my undergraduate days at COEP (College Of Engineering Pune) is a Guinness World Record holder for largest collection of banknotes.

I always have great admiration for people who pursue their hobbies and interests, in addition to their day job. But to reach the level of world record is simply amazing. He has collected over ten thousand different banknotes from all over the world. Yes, you read that right, more than ten thousand. You can get a glimpse of this large collection in his book “Banknotes of Bhutan”.

Bhutan is a small independent country in the Himalayan mountains. It’s very likely that many people haven’t heard much of this country. I knew almost nothing. So the book introduces the reader to history, culture and many other aspects of Bhutan.

But why Bhutan ? Because Anil is fascinated by that country. After reading the book, I can see why, at least as far as the architecture of the monasteries and palaces is concerned. These impressive, highly symmetric buildings are constructed on beautiful locations that seem like an impossible choice. These structures and many other symbols occur frequently on the different notes from Bhutan. Anil has given explanations of all of the symbols.

In addition to the symbols, most notes also feature a royalty. A small biography of each important royalty has been included for the reader.

This book is almost like an encyclopedia of notes from Bhutan. Every single imaginable detail has been painstakingly tabulated along with beautiful photos of all the notes. Just see one example.

This book is definitely a labor of love. It’s printed on high quality paper and is a pleasure to the eyes. If you are interested, please contact Anil directly by email.

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