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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Passion is energy and passionate people often feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites them. Meet 75-year-old Bajaranglal Agarwal from Bolangir who has rare collections of around 10,000 foreign currency notes and 3,000 coins.

Bajaranglal, who is a businessman by profession, has also enviable collections of many Indian currency notes with serial numbers that show dates of birth of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, other Prime Ministers, Presidents, Vice-Presidents and many other ministers of the country.

Besides, he has also collected currency notes showing dates of birth of all the Chief Ministers of the Indian states, Governors, many eminent cricketers, renowned film stars; martyrs and freedom fighters.

Notes with serial numbers supporting dates of Modi’s important international engagements also adore the album of the eighth class passed old man. He has also collected Indian notes which have been out dated due to the last monetisation.

Bajaranglal cherishes a big dream to meet Modi and hand over the currency note serial number which shows his (Modi’s) date of birth and dates of all his important international engagements.

“I have been collecting these currencies since 1965. Wherever I go, I try to collect currencies with serial numbers that match the date of births of important persons or important events. I often pay five to ten times more money to collect rare currency notes and coins. This gives me a lot of satisfaction,” said the septuagenarian.

Bajaranglal’s whole family supports him wholeheartedly to pursue his passion.

“We are really proud of our uncle’s rare collections. The next generation will certainly be inspired by his act and the intensity in which he has pursued his passion so far,” said Bajaranglal’s nephew Kishore Agarwal.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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