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Seven Wonders Re-listing

Vote for the new 7 world wonders

New 7 wonders. Huh! Why? Since school days the seven wonders of the world were of great marvel and curiosity .. for me and I guess for many others alike as well. Remembering the names for the upcoming annual exams were most often jumbled up, quite unlike remembering the seven colours of the rainbow.

As a kid, About the Hanging Gardens, I had made a mental picture of a garden hanging out of nowhere in air. The structures in ancient Rome and Greece had forever been tourist attractors making one wonder how could human hands build such massive sites. The fact is now apart from the Pyramids, none of the old wonders are still standing. Others are just wonders. You don’t get to see them. Out here in our soil, I would always wonder as to why erecting the magnificent structure called the Taj Mahal took such a long time…21 years..gosh! Not to mention that behind most of these wonderful structures had been a tyrannical emperor or ruler or king who enslaved and best utilized human resource. And today we admire those constructions. Surely these constructions deserve the title – “wonders”.

And now, there is this ongoing campaign to re-list the seven wonders of the world afresh. Not a bad idea. Keeping pace with time..it seems. And this has been launched by the New 7 Wonders Society, a swiss group. After a series of selections and nominations, the final list was out with 21 sites. The final results are due to be announced on 7th of July ’07 the world over. In this time, millions and millions of people around the world are casting their votes for the new 7 wonders. Votes can be cast through SMS or through the internet.

Competition is fierce. The sites in the list of 21 are getting massive encouragement and popularity to be voted from their respective regions. For example, the President of Brazil addressed on the radio telling the people how to vote for Rio’s Statue of Christ. In Peru, computer terminals had been opened up in public places by the governments encouragement for the people to vote for the Machu Picchu, an ancient city in Peru. But the only structure from India, the Taj Mahal hasn’t gained much votes yet. I see two reasons to this sorry plight. Either its ignorance of the common public or lack of enthusiasm. Until 3-4 weeks back I also had no idea about this campaign until I got a mail. Thats ignorance. Few of my friends who got the same mail didn’t bother to act on it. Thats lack of enthusiasm.

Vote for TajBe it whichever reason, its about losing shine and pride for one of the remarkable structures that still stands beside the banks of Yamuna. I have not seen any media networks enlightening the people about this worldwide voting campaign. Just last week I happened to read in a newspaper that the Indian media agency responsible for promoting it are working out ways to bring it forward. But the deadline is nearing very soon and we would be needing more than 2 billion votes according to an estimate. As always is seen with the Indian ways, people would start rushing at the nick of time (already used to this nature in the Indian cricket team). I hope the government make out efforts in igniting the minds and not keep mum or just shy away. And hopefully the dormant minds of those who have an idea of this but have not yet voted cast their votes soon enough.

I cast my vote for 7 wonders where of course the Taj is checked in the New 7 Wonders and the Vote for Taj websites. I had also exclusively voted for the same by sending an SMS to 4567.

To add to this, after voting through the India Info website I got a certificate from the website. So folks, get into voting mode.

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June 28, 2007 - Posted by | General

10 Comments »

  1. There is No Substitute for Love and No Substitute for Taj Mahal

    To quote Emperor Shah Jahan who made the Taj Mahal “The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs and makes sun and moon shed tears from their eyes. In this world this edifice has been made to display, thereby, the Creator’s glory.”

    “Let the splendor of the diamond, pearl and ruby vanish like the magic shimmer of the rainbow. Only let this one teardrop, the Taj Mahal, glisten spotlessly bright on the cheek of time” is what Nobel Prize winner Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore said about the Taj Mahal.

    “Did you ever build a castle in the Air? Here is one, brought down to earth and fixed for the wonder of ages” is what American Novelist Bayard Taylor said about Taj Mahal.

    “It appears like a perfect pearl on an azure ground. The effect is such I have never experienced from any work of art.” is what the British painter Hodges said about Taj Mahal.

    What is Taj Mahal going to be for you?

    Would you like it to be the one for which you did not vote as one of the Seven Wonders? Would you like our own beauty Bipasha Basu to go all the way to Lisbon to host the New 7 Wonders of the World show with Ben Kingsley and Hillary Swank to disappoint millions of people that the Tribute to Beauty Taj Mahal did not make it to the final 7?

    Taj Mahal is just not a building; it is Architecture of a Love Story.

    Shah Jahan made Taj Mahal but if Taj Mahal is to make it to the New 7 wonders of the World, all that every Indian has to do is to pick up his/her what ever it be Airtel, Hutch, Spice, Tata Tele, Reliance Info, Reliance GSM, BPL, MTNL, BSNL mobile, type Taj and SMS to 4567.

    If Love means a lot to you, you may send as many SMS as you want and each will be registered as a vote for Taj Mahal the Eternal Love Story.

    If you have time and patience and an email id and internet access, you can go to the homepage of new7wonders.com and do the three step voting process.

    According to former US charismatic President Bill Clinton, “There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who have seen the Taj Mahal and love it and those who have not seen the Taj and love it. ”

    The third kind of people will be those who read this and still did not vote for the Taj which is a jewel in the crown among UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

    Comment by BR Natarajan | June 28, 2007 | Reply

  2. Well said Natarajan. I didn’t want to make this too long and now you have filled in for me.
    Thanks.

    Comment by Deep Hazarika | June 28, 2007 | Reply

  3. I have seen the Tajmahal and am wonderstruck with its beauty. It is truly a magnificent monument of eternal love.

    Comment by s.k. jain | July 1, 2007 | Reply

  4. WAH TAJ

    TO BE INDIAN ISHALL BE FEEL PROUD TO VOTE FOR TAJ JUST NOT TO COUNT IT IN SEVEN WONDER BECAUSE IT IS SYMBOL OF LOVE THAT CAN BE SEEN ONLY IN THIS SO I WILL SAY THAT EVERY INDIAN SHOULD CAST THEIR VOTE

    Comment by SUNIL KUMAR | July 4, 2007 | Reply

  5. “The Greatest Symbol of Love & Passion!

    Comment by samir bhoir | July 9, 2007 | Reply

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  7. i love taj

    Comment by zaheer khan | April 12, 2008 | Reply

  8. There are many controversies surrounding this monument. Some people claim that it was a Hindu temple that was “converted” into the Taj Mahal. Whatever be its true origin, it represents India’s rich cultural heritage and no wonder, it has been crowned one of the seven new wonders.

    http://www.superbtravel.info/the-taj-mahal/

    Comment by Taj | April 24, 2008 | Reply

  9. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

    Comment by sandrar | September 10, 2009 | Reply

  10. Unadulterated words, some true words dude. Totally made my day.

    Comment by ZepeNogswhees | December 12, 2009 | Reply


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