The Taj Mahal voted as New Seven Wonders of the World

On 7th July 2007, HISTORY was rewritten – The Taj Mahal was voted as one of New Open World Corporation’s New Seven Wonders of the World. The New7Wonders organization is happy to announce the following 7 candidates have been elected to represent global heritage throughout history.

India’s Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, Jordan’s Petra, Brazil’s statue of Christ Redeemer, Peru’s Machu Picchu, Mexico’s Chichen Itza pyramid and the Colosseum in Rome have now replaced the original wonders, most of which have long since vanished into the mists of time.

The Taj is most famous architectural achievement of Mughal India; originally built as a mausoleum for the wife of Shah Jahan, Mumtaz Mahal. You can learn more about The Taj Mahal here.
The Taj Mahal voted as New Seven Wonders of the World
It is located in Agra, India and open to visit every day 7AM to 7PM except on Friday.

Original 7 wonders

The other original wonders, all since destroyed, were:

  • The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • The statue of Zeus at Olympia
  • The temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  • The mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  • The Colossus of Rhodes
  • The lighthouse of Alexandria

I’m quite happy :)

Sunita Williams sets records for female space travelers and longest spaceflight

Sunita Lyn “Suni” Williams is a NASA astronaut. She was assigned to the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 14 and then joined Expedition 15. Williams is the second woman of Indian heritage to have been selected by NASA for a space mission after Kalpana Chawla and also the second astronaut of Slovenian heritage after Ronald M. Sega. She holds three records for female space travelers: longest spaceflight (188 days and counting), number of space walks (four), and total time spent on spacewalks (29 hours and 17 minutes).

I’m sure this will encourage and inspires more women in our county (and anywhere in the world) to join hi tech studies, engineering and other fields :)

No coconuts at Siddhivinayak temple

Ganesha’s Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir will not allow coconuts and big garlands. This is due to terrorist threats.

The sources at the temple say, is based on Israeli intelligence advice given to Indian agencies. The Israelis have apparently told Indian authorities that terrorists may use garlands and coconuts in their attacks on Hindu shrines.
No coconuts at Siddhivinayak temple - photo
This is really a bad news for most of us. Just imagine going to mandir without coconuts. This kind of act shows that how much we are terrified. Given that over 10,000 coconuts pass through the temple doors each day temple authorities say it’s practically impossible to check every one of them. This temple has tremendous importance and status in our society and especially in Mumbai. The Siddhivinayak Mandir evolved from a small, tiny place of worship to the Grand Temple that stands today in the later half of the twentieth century. The glory to the temple was bought not only by the politicians who frequented the temple but also numerous bollywood filmstars who continuously visit the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesh.

I hope terrorist will never ever able to win and destroy peace loving society by the the blessings of Lord Ganesh :D

Rashtrapati Bhavan New Delhi India

President House i.e Rashtrapati Bhavan (a sanskrit word) is the official residence of the President of India, located in New Delhi.

The main entrance is to Rashtrapati Bhavan is known as Gate 35, and is located on Prakash Vir Shastri Avenue, renamed from North Avenue in November of 2002. According to official website:

The splendour of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is multi-dimensional. It is a vast mansion and its architecture is breathtaking. More than these, it has a hallowed existence in the annals of democracy for being the residence of the President of the largest democracy in the world. Few official residential premises of the Head of theState in the world will match the Rashtrapati Bhavan in terms of its size, vastness and its magnificence.

The present day Rashtrapati Bhavan was the erstwhile residence of the British Viceroy. Its architect was Edwin Landseer Lutyens. The decision to build a residence in New Delhi for the British Viceroy was taken after it was decided in the Delhi Durbar of 1911 that the capital of India would be shifted from Calcutta to Delhi in the same year. It was constructed to affirm the permanence of British rule in India. This building gave the impression, in the words of a critique, the setting of a perpetual Durbar. The building and its surroundings were supposed to be ‘an empire in stone’, ‘exercising imperial sway’ and containing in it, “the abode of a disinterested elite whose rule was imposed from above”.

RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN Pictures and tour

You can see satellite picture using Google earth or live picture using Google map.
Rashtrapati Bhavan photo / picture -  New Delhi India
The official site itself has photo and video gallery

Dell opens new R&D center in Bangalore India

Dell inaugurated Thursday a new research and development (R&D) facility in Bangalore, India, that can house up to 1,000 staff. The new facility is in line with Dell’s plans to make India a hub for the development of enterprise products such as servers, storage, and software.

Its manufacturing plant in Chennai in south India is scheduled to start production in July, which will further bring down the cost of Dell computers in India.
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Top 10 tallest building in india

You will find most high rise or tallest building in the commercial capital Mumbai – a city of west-central India on coastal Mumbai Island. It is India’s main port and commercial center. No wonder both commercial and residenical space is a premium.

Remember a building above 24 metres is classified as a high-rise.

List of tallest buildings in India

  • The Imperial, Mumbai – 60 Floors
  • Ashok Towers 1, Mumbai – 53 Floors
  • Planet Godrej Mumbai, 51 Floors
  • Shreepati Arcade, Mumbai – 45 Floors
  • RNA Mirage, Mumbai – 41 Floors
  • Belvedere Court, Mumbai – 40 Floors
  • Oberoi Spas, Mumbai – 40 Floors
  • Kalpataru Heights, Mumbai – 39 Floors

the imperial building mumbai - tallest building in india

Above image is the tallest buildings currently under construction in India called ‘The Imperial towers’ in Mumbai.

Gudi Padwa Greetings / SMS Text Messages

Gudi Padwa is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month (6th April 2008), and is celebrated as New Year’s Day by Maharashtrians and Hindu Konkanis. This is also first day of my Marathi Calendar.

This festival indicates the beginning of spring. According to the Brahma Purana, this is the day on which Brahma created the world after the deluge and time began to tick from this day forth. This is one of the 3 and a half days in the Indian Lunar calendar, whose every moment is considered auspicious.

This festival is observed by almost all Hindus. It also Maharashtraian’s New year’s day. The people have the traditional gudis hanging out of their windows on this day. The Gudi is a pole with a brass or a silver vessal placed on the top. These poles are covered with silk and flowers like marigold. Mango leaves and coconuts are tied to it.

Different festival names across the India

  • Maharashtra Gudi Padwa
  • Konkanis Sanvsar Padvo
  • Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka Ugadi

Gudi Padwa Greetings / SMS Messages

Try following simple sms text messages:

  • Happy Gudi Padwa and Happy New Year
  • Happy Ugadi
  • Try Google search for Gudi Padwa

Happy Gudi padwa and Happy New Year to all!!!

Shahrukh khan’s Son Aryan And Daughter Suhana Khan’s Pic / Photo

Recently someone forwarded me nice and sweet pics:

Shahrukh Khan And Children
Shahrukh Khan And Children

Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan made his debut as a child artist in Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in 2001.

Update: Another pic :)

Shahrukh khan's son Aryan and daughter Suhana sohana Khan's pic

Update: Another pic (thanks to sweta)
Shahrukh khan’s son Aryan and daughter Suhana Khan’s pic / photo