The Princely State Datia

I used to play with the princely coins. My grandparents gave us princely coins. My papa gave us. I don’t know where I kept it. I love Datia. My grandfather bought a famous gardens form the king of Datia. The long time ago before I was born.
According to the Mintageworld,” Two distinct types of coins are reputed to have been struck by this state, one of them being called the ‘Raja Shahi’ and the other the ‘Gaja Shahi’ which imitate the coins of Orchha. They were issued in various sizes from the rupee to two annas”.:)


Batik Art

According to Dharma trading, “By the nineteenth century, after the importation of more finely woven cloth from India and Europe, it became a highly accomplished art form in Java and Bali in Indonesia. Recognizable motifs, patterns and colors were developed and designed to identify one’s family, social status and geographic origin. Some experts feel that it was originally reserved for Javanese royalty on that island, and possibly a pass time of the princesses and noble ladies of the time. The word Batik seems to come from an Indonesian word ‘ambatik’, a cloth with little dots”.

Batik is an ancient art which uses wax and dyes to create a visual magic on fabrics. For making Batik,” a piece of cloth with small dots or writing with wax or drawing in broken lines. It is an art appreciated all over the world”.

The history of the Rupee, Coins Magadha Maurya

According to the Wiki, ipfs,” The word “rūpiye” is derived from a Sanskrit word “rūpaa”, which means “wrought silver, a coin of silver” meaning “shapely”, with a more specific meaning of “stamped, impressed”, whence “coin”.
The prime minister to the first Maurya emperor Chandragupta Maurya (c. 340–290 BCE), mentions silver coins as,”rupyarupa”, other types including gold coins (Suvarnarupa), copper coins (Tamararupa) and lead coins (Sisarupa) are mentioned. Rupa means to form or shape, example, Rupyarupa, Rupya”.

If you want to know only about Magadha Maurya coins, watch from 32:31 / 37:26 and onwards.

If you want to know more history this Video has good information.

Mauryan Postal System

In the modernization, The Indians began to change the way they used the Postal System. I remember that I used to see some of my great-great-grandparents letter collection my papa have.
The letters have warm sealing wax to close for security and they stamp over wax with their kingdom’s logo or something like that. Later on, the wax becomes dry only the person who wishes to receive the letter will open the envelope. If somebody opens before it will break. Now you can imagine if it was open before.

It is mainly for the privacy and confidential reason.:)
According to the Prezi and the wikisource, ” The stamp, mail courier, and the post office as we know it would not have existed if Chandragupta Maurya had never sponsored it in the first place. Around 320-300 B.C, Chandragupta Maurya began to sponsor and build a Postal System Quick Note… In ancient times the kings, emperors, or rulers, protected their land through the services of specially trained police/agencies and courier services to obtain information so that they knew what was going on in their kingdom. In theory, he believed the system would be beneficial for receiving information about the public, and what was going on in the outside world”.:)


Saffron is use as Spices mainly used to give food a special touch. It is grown commercially in Greece, India, France, Italy. Saffron is actually the stigma of the plant’s flower, with each flower bearing only three of the delicate red strands. Saffron is the most expensive herb by weight, owing to the fact that it is harvested by hand.
According to Wiki, “Saffron can survive in cold winters, tolerating frosts as low as −10 °C and short periods of snow cover. Irrigation is required if grown outside of moist environments such as Kashmir, where annual rainfall averages 1,000–1,500 mm. Saffron can grow in Greece”.
The plant can grow best in full sunlight.
Saffron contains more than 150 volatile and aroma-yielding compounds. It also has many nonvolatile active components, many of which are carotenoids, including zeaxanthin, lycopene, and various α- and β-carotenes. However, saffron’s golden yellow-orange colour is primarily the result of α-crocin.
Saffron health benefits include promoting mental health, helping prevent macular degeneration, enhancing the skin, preventing hair loss, supporting respiratory health, increasing sexual vitality, relieving pain and supporting hormone system. Other benefits include support heart health, promoting good digestion and good for optimal cell function.

Indian cuisine History and Facts ( Makki Ki Roti)

We love spicy food. I don’t know how to cook really good food. Indian cuisine strongly influenced by the Indian religion, Indian culture and traditions and the Indian people themselves.
According to the article from Hindustantimes,” Indian cuisine depends on ingredients discovered in the New World by the Europeans and then brought to India. It is hard to think of Indian food without potatoes, chillies, tomatoes, corn (as in Makki ki roti) and so many other ingredients that were unknown to us only a few centuries ago.
The cookbook by the Maharaja of Sailana is regarded by many as one of the best Indian cookbooks ever published. The Maharaja of Sailana was not only an accomplished chef but he also gathered recipes from other states and adapted them to his own style.

One of the book’s great coups is to get Dr Karan Singh, who has spent his life playing down his royal ancestry (he is one of the few 21-gun-salute maharajas who has always protested when people call him “Your Highness”) to talk about royal food. Though Karan Singh is no foodie himself (“My books are the food of my soul”), he talks fondly about his father who would go off to France only to eat oysters at Prunier’s or duck at the Tour D’Argent. Karan Singh’s daughter-in-law, Chitrangada, has learnt the recipes preserved in the hand-written diaries of Maharaja Hari Singh (Karan Singh’s famously fun-loving father) and today is proficient in three different cuisines: Dogri, Kashmiri and Nepali (her mother-in-law was a Nepali Rana; so is her mother, Gwalior’s Madhvi Raje, herself a superb cook).”:)

Solah-Shringaar (Kajal, Surama or Mascara)

According to the Wki,” Kajal or Surma or mascara is a part of the,” Solah-Shringaar for ancient eye cosmetic”. Traditionally made by grinding stibnite (Sb2S3) for similar purposes to charcoal used in mascara. It is widely used in the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, Latin America, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Horn of Africa, and parts of West Africa as eyeliner to contour and/or darken the eyelids and as mascara for the eyelashes. It is worn mostly by women, but also by some men and children.
The mothers would apply kajal to their infants’ eyes soon after birth. Some did this to “strengthen the child’s eyes”.