Monday, June 25, 2007

Vote for the Indian grandiose

Hello India!!! I am Taj Mahal- ex-ancient wonder of the world!!! If you can spare a moment, I am a marble mausoleum of great splendour and beauty. Agra has been my abode for about 360 years now. Apart from the more famous shah jahan I want you to give some credit, even to Ustad Ahmad Lahauri for my architecture.

I am flabbergasted that being in India - country with the second largest population, I have to vie for a place in the new 7 wonders instead of it being a cake walk. I particularly recall India as a nation with strong patriotic fervor. I have seen your ancestors shedding sweat and spilling blood for the sake of the country-to make it socially emancipated, economically prosperous, politically integrated, militarily strong, spiritually dynamic and morally united and to safeguard its rich heritage.

If the layman around the world knows there is a country named India, it is because of me, not because of our cricket team, Olympic athletes or liable politicians. Without me India’s tourism revenue would have been half of what it is now. If even now I am not made the new 7 wonders of the world, I did rather ask god to send down a devastating earth quake down my spine and demolish me forever. Perhaps I would occupy your minds more with my ruins.

I have been watching you for the past few months. Whenever my topic surfaces, you are saying that you would vote for me one of these days but I am beginning to see that you meant none of these days. Don’t put things off. If you think you are not necessary to save me, I would call the notion as baseless as building in air and as pointless as writing with a broken pencil.

If you can support the men in blue even after their repeated fiascos, then you can surely support me. In all these years I have stood here I have never once let you down.

If you are planning to give our respected president Mr. Kalam another term, you can think about my 55m tall structure with the utmost finesse in the same lines.

If you can celebrate Indo-American sunita Williams safe return to the earth you can all the more rejoice with much more plumb the indo-Persian edifice’s victory.

If you have time and again given Indian political parties another chance despite not fulfilling our promises you could surely give me another chance too. I have always kept my promise of showcasing eternal beauty.

If you are ready to vote for your favorite contestants in Indian idol, saregamapa and the like you shouldn’t be having any problems to vote for me.

Even in this modern world, where e-mails replaced post cards, if you are persisting with the age-old epics, the traditions and the congress, you could do it with me too. Which other structure boasts of being a signature to eternal love?

Please vote for the Indian grandiose at or dail 125 5626 from your bsnl land line.

----> zahid


aizy said...

Amzn stuff hazy!! work goes on!! eh!!

sneha said...

good work...but dont you think taj will remain taj with all its beauty n grandeur even if some bugger put it into a "list".....does taj end there...i dont know if i could comment like this but why is taj shown to be so diffident,so suicidal? isnt taj a majestic ruler who jus smiles at the pettiness ofit all,it knows why it was built,what is it worth,how it is THE place whenevr word LOVE is uttered!

dont know, jus penned down what i felt!
but super stuff

Anonymous said...

Its a very novel way of looking at the Taj I must say.. and a very well written article.
But I honestly feel that voting for the Taj to be part of that list will make absolutely no difference to it. No funds, no special measures will b taken for the sites that do make to to the list of 7 wonders accdng to that portugese insti. The Taj is already part of the list of Heritages sites accdn to UNESCO.
The significance of the Taj is greater than any honor bestowed upon it by foreign bodies. However its significance can only increase if we Indians recognize its beauty and put an effort towards conserving it. That would be an effort more worthy than mere votes.

ranjith said...

Agree with Chandrima ... This list isn't authorized by UNESCO. They have summarily denied any connection with the company that stared this thing. The end point is that .. the company earned a hell lot of money... a classic "exploiting people's emotion" story.

You know what?, they have started another project "NEW 7 WONDERS OF NATURE". And people like us are again going to fall for this head over heels..

Don't you think that it is not fair that the POLL reflects only the preference of those who have access to the net ???

zahid said...