The 57th death.
[Text by Mayank Mansingh Kaul; photo by Unknown]
Born Mayank Mansingh Kaul in India, Zooni – as he was affectionately called in the last two decades of his life – left behind a legacy of more than a million acres of forested land around the world, which he had spent his life’s fortunes in developing as protected natural reserves.
Mr Kaul’s early career saw him find international acclaim as a designer, artist, writer, curator and film-maker, ultimately choosing to enter politics and becoming the country’s youngest Prime Minister at the age of 40. Credited for ushering a new era of peace between India and Pakistan, he retired in a decade, devoting himself to travelling the world, pursuing an interest in Botany and wildlife.
Mr Kaul’s other passion was stones and precious gems, and amassed a significant collection of the rarest kinds, which will go on auction next month at Sotheby’s. He is survived by 5 children and 3 ex-spouses. He was buried with a collection of his favorite Mughal miniature paintings, as per his request, in Paris, and found his resting place in the shadow of Napoleon’s grave.
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