Sunday, July 8, 2007

Surving the ordeal

Blogging I m not for glory but ahem
Placed among top 7 , Taj shined as before
Surmounted unprecedented beauty in its store
Of love, of faith
Stood there it is ….

Did it or rather all monuments or historical marvels deserve the destiny of re-evaluation to prove their worth?

Firstly do we all know what “seven wonders “ are :….
The 'Seven Wonders of the World' (or the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) is a widely-known list of seven remarkable manmade constructions of classical antiquity. It was based on guide-books popular among Hellenic sight-seers and only includes works located around the Mediterranean rim. Later lists include those for the Medieval World and the Modern World.

Lets ponder on few points that I wanted from long to share…
1. What the need for it? Without your vote the architectural marvel would still be marvelous. Who are we to decide.
2. Who is that non – profit organization to decide this … I seriously doubt its fairness.
3. The organization has succeeded in catching attention and heavy traffic to its site full of ads and banners. They gonna earn big time for rest of their life from this campaign.
4. Did u all know that these are the original(traditional) wonders…and only one of them survives today:-
The historian Herodotus (ca 484-425 BC), and the scholar Callimachus of Cyrene (ca 305-240 BC) at the Museum of Alexandria, made early lists of "seven wonders" but their writings did not survive, except as references.

The list included:
The Great Pyramid of Giza, built around 2650-2500 BC as the tomb of fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu.

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, built around 600 BC. Herodotus claimed that the outer walls were 56 miles in length, 80 feet thick and 320 feet high. Believed destroyed by earthquake.

The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, built 550 BC and dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis. Burned down in 356 BC.

The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, erected in 435 BC and 12 metres (40 feet) tall. It was dismantled by Christian rulers in the 5th or 6th centuries to discourage paganism.

The Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus in what is now southeast Turkey, built in 351 BC and approximately 45 metres (135 feet) tall. Each of its four sides was adorned with reliefs. Origin of the word mausoleum. Damaged by an earthquake and destroyed by AD 1494 by European Crusaders.

The Colossus of Rhodes, built 292-280 BC. A giant bronze statue of the Greek god Helios, roughly the same size as today's Statue of Liberty in New York. Destroyed in 224 BC by earthquake.

The Lighthouse of Alexandria, built in 3rd century BC Egypt. At 115-135 metres (380-440 feet) tall it was among the tallest man-made structures on Earth for many centuries. Destroyed in the Middle Ages by earthquake.

As u can see all are of Greek background . The list we know has been made in medival ages and its authenticity is not known.

5. Modern lists
In the tradition of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, many other lists of wonders have been proposed, including both human feats of engineering and wonders of Nature. However, these lists are rather informal, and there is no consensus on any particular list.
Modern wonders
The American Society of Civil Engineers compiled another list of wonders of the modern world:
Wonder Date Started Date Finished Locations
Channel Tunnel December 1, 1987 May 6, 1994 Strait of Dover, between England and France

CN Tower February 6, 1973 June 26, 1976 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Empire State Building January 22, 1930 May 1, 1931 New York, New York, USA

Golden Gate Bridge January 5, 1933 May 27, 1937 Golden Gate Strait, north of San Francisco, California, USA
Itaipu Dam January 1970 May 5, 1984 ParanĂ¡ River, between Brazil and Paraguay

Delta Works 1953 May 10, 1997 Netherlands, Europe
Panama Canal January 1, 1880 January 7, 1914 Isthmus of Panama, Central America

Note: To date we are counting TAJ MAHAL as one of the seven wonders…. But it is actually a tourist travel wonder.

Courtesy : Modern List data has been copied directly from wiki.


Adroit said...

Quite informative..nice flow as well...keep writing nd luking fwd to lots more..

nd btw..i really loved the poems :)

Adroit said...


nice to read ur honest feedback..nd all the more nice to know that u appreciated my comments on ur page..considering i dont visit many of them...just tht this time, shruti insisted me to read ur blog and comment on it(nd she is right when she says ur blog deserve some comments)..

m also happy to know tht u found the caption of my blog "Insanity revamped" to be wise..though i must admit that when i had set out to name it, i had not thought even half as much as u did..which perhaps goes on to say what a gud analyst u are

I also agree that its easy to point others fault( probably tht might ve been the reason why i chose to do so..just kidding)

i also agree that all the celebrities might not be as unresponsive as AB(as u say it)..who as far as i know..happens to be one the most popular faces in the country..nd sadly vivek oberoi(nd many others) isnt as popular

though i really do not feel tht we tend to stick with the best..infact the human tendency is mostly to encourage the underdog and witness the best possible contest..i think u wld love watching a one day international where Kenya toils hard to beat Australia..wont u..

At the risk of sounding preachy, would tell u that its always gud to praise/appreciate the ones who deserve it..but then worshipping them..isnt it a bit too much..A labourer toils very hard for his daily we go out and consider the divine...
Or for a moment just consider yourself..m sure u(like all of us) wld ve worked real hard to get into a gud college and end up doing gud thr as well..nd u wld ve really managed to ur time well to be involved in extra-curricular activities(like blogging) do u except we(ur fans) to start worshipping u...create a temple in the solemn memory of "shri mukul devta"..i dont think u shld..

You have very rightly pointed out a person's liking changes with time..nd i think this is which makes us different ppl..otherwise probably all of us wld ve been the same...all of us wld ve read the same textbuks..wld ve had the same thoughts..wld have worn the same orange shirt..the same pair of pink
socks..the same pair of yellow shoes..wld have liked the same flavour of candy..wld have drunk the same quantity of water..wld ve pissed for the same duration..Oh God..the world wld ve been such a dumb place to live in!!

Dude..m really luking fwd to your "solution"(formula as i call it) to tht i can sell it nd make loads and loads of money out of it..or even if i cant to do..atleast it will teach me to write better

Last but not the least, i hope u read..all this crap :) :)

StandbyMind said...

great information..
I am sure all this taj voting thing was for the organization to make quick bucks and sure they did!

StandbyMind said...

and bout Du hast.. does but Rammstein decided to make its English version as " You hate Me.."
Tell Them

Adroit said...

@ mukul

i must compliment you for your last reply..nd m happy tht u also seem to agree that revering some one might not be a very correct thing to do..

yeah..agree,as individuals we always want to be the best..go to the best college..stay in the best of comforts...though not necessarily that we always support the best..u ll always support your friend even if he might not be the best possible person to get the job...simply because he is ur frnd..

yeah..i totally agree with you..that who is to be blamed for the change of peoples thought..infact i have mentioned the we make ppl GOD overnight nd then dump them as devils...nd this article was not just abt our heroes it was also abt the ppl..who change their choices guess the two of us were trying to say the same thing.. :)

nd still waiting for the formula on sarcasm :) :)

Aupsy-The cOOlest One!! said...

dude....u've got a fanlist abhi se...i envy ye!!!!!

And in any case,i must actually go all d way as to support ur cause...coz this private org has no rights to honour or even put our nation's pride on a list together with other monuments in the same league!!
its gud u touched that sensitive issue,although a li'l elaboration could've piqued the concerns of many an enlightened bloke!!

Mukul said...

@aupsy ... dood ... yaar actually ...i just wanted ppl to think ... that they have voted but did it was ne gud... n tell them ab2 the ancient ones.. ppl even dont know ab2 them...