Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], February 17: Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna’s magnum opus book, Sacred Foods of India was presented to Telangana IT Secretary, Sh Jayesh Ranjan. The presentation was made by team Metalok, Mohit Goel, Smita and Anchal Goel, on behalf of Akshaya.io
This rare collectible asset is dedicated to the recipes of prasad and foods cooked at various holy kitchens around India and is adorned with precious gemstones, Swarovski crystals, and gold gilding. The book comes in creatively engineered walnut and maple wooden boxes or in a highly limited edition of two pure sandalwood boxes, acquired with official Indian Government certifications. The paper used has been acquired from special sources in Italy and is treated with embossed knurling to give a canvas painting feel, ensuring that the book will last for generations.
Vegetable ink sourced from Japan was used for printing the scripts and art inside, which involved over 100 artists from across India. Even the glue used is vegetable glue, researched and developed in Germany. To add to its luxurious exclusivity, only 250 copies have been made available, making it every collector’s dream possession.
Eight years of meticulous research speaks volumes about Chef Vikas Khanna’s dedication to this one-of-a-kind book. And to immortalize this masterpiece, he has collaborated with Akshaya.io to bring the Phygital version of the book – the joy of physical possession combined with a digital twin, with an AR version to go everywhere with you on your gadget. You can scan the NFT chip on every page and enjoy the immersive experience of the holy kitchen using your AR/VR on your smart gadgets which could even be your smartphone. The phygital book will also make the owner part of Masterchef Vikas Khanna’s special privilege club, thus allowing the owner to mingle with the who’s who of the world and enjoy various culinary experiences across the globe.
This book will be maintained as experiential memorabilia by the Emerging Technologies Wing, Govt. of Telangana.
It was bought at an auction for 39 lacs by ICCA, Dubai.
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