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Recently, we visited the Chatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalay, formerly Prince Charles Museum, in Mumbai. While there are many artifacts that are beautiful, there is one section (on the 3nd floor) where some arms are displayed. While going ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over them, on seeing a mace (that had spikes), I suddenly realized how destructive the weapon could be when it comes in contact with the human body.

While we may marvel at the various items, their reality in life was a very different purpose.