King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will visit New Delhi later this month with a delegation of over 200 persons to boost ties with India. As a curtain-raiser to the trip, the king received the first copy of India and the Netherlands,
authored by Venu Rajamony,
India’s ambassador in The Hague, at the book launch on September 30. It tracks trade and cultural ties between the two countries— like the story of the 17th century Hortus Malabaricus, one of the earliest descriptions of Asiatic fauna, or of Gerrit Mosopatam, a 17th century Tamil native and one of the first Indians to visit the Netherlands. A briefing note for the king when he meets PM Narendra Modi, who quoted an ancient Tamil poet in the UN.