July 08, 2007

Wah Taj

I kept awake late into the night to watch Taj make it into the New 7 wonders of the world. It was a strange feeling. On one hand a part of me cried out against the senseless commercialization of monuments which could never be categorized.
After all how can you put a tag to something like the Statue of Liberty which gave our world a new meaning of freedom? Even today, it represents the American Dream as thousands of people look at it in wonder and people like me hear it welcome us into freedom. On the other hand was the Indian in me, lamenting the fact that we can’t even build proper infrastructure for sustenance in our country and yet we figure in the list of architectural wonders. But I was proud. I can’t deny that.

This was the final list of Seven Wonders.
The Taj Mahal - Agra
The Colosseum in Rome
The Pyramid of Chichen Itza - Mexico
Machu Pichhu - Peru
The Statue of Christ Redeemer – Brazil
Petra - Jordan
The Great Wall of China

By the way, now they have started The New 7 wonders of Nature. At least that’s what a sleepy me is hearing and typing out. Also, I think that the hosts of the function should be called the 8th wonder – Ben Kingsley for a wonderful disappointment as a host and Bipasha Basu, in spite of looking gorgeous, proving once again that we just can’t be ourselves when the whole world is looking.
Good night. My hands feel just like two balloons.


Anonymous said...

felt the same.sat up hopin taj wud b in the list.felt elated on seein the brkin news.watchd the program.at the same time also had the feeling that none of these deserved to be categorized.also tht this was just a publicity stunt.and yes,the hosts of the show were a let down.still...t the nd of it,there was also tht feelin of satisaction tht Indians did come together for cause:)

Anonymous said...

and the intrstin part was only all the indian news channels were so busily showin it live....neither cnn nor bbc wer even bothrd....


Sriharsha Majety said...

With an open voting process like the one they used, it wasnt surprising at all the Taj and the Great Wall figured in the lists.. Afterall, there has to be one advantage of incessant procreation in India and China.. :) And I hear UNESCO doesnt even authorize the whole thing.. Much ado for nothing I say..

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Sriharsha Majety said...

btw the comment repeated my mistake.. and hence the deletion.. :D adds to the comment count and feel-good factor before opening this page though.. muhahah

Madhurjya (Banjo) said...

@Pooja and Harsha- In college we would have called it the demographic dividend :)

CJ said...

brilliant, the comment on bipasha (and the generalization u intended)... have always tried to come up with a phrase for it :)