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Voting for the Taj

By on Jun 11, 2007 | 3 comments

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If you are an Indian & have an email account; I bet you have received the ‘Vote for Taj’ email. If not, please check your spam mail folder. If you really haven’t received such an email, hold your breath, count 10 & refresh your mailbox. The mail is there! Check it out!

The mail appeals all Indians to ‘Vote for the Taj Mahal’ to make it one of the new 7 wonders of the world. To my surprise, most of my friends (who are first class Engineers) have already voted & are spreading the message like anything. First of all, I do not understand who (the hell) in the world owns the rights to declare the 7 wonders of the world. I really admire the folks behind this concept. What a brilliant idea.

When I asked one of my colleagues about why she forwarded such an email to me; she asked me to delete it if I was not interested. I asked if she voted for Taj online. She said she did. I then asked about who is behind the poll? She said she has no idea. She further added that I should vote because that would confirm that I did something for my country. That was the end of the conversation. But it got me thinking.

Should I really be voting for the Taj? It will take only a minute of my time. It will take a minute of 2-3 million online Indians who will actually vote for the Taj. Lot of precious time & bandwidth will be wasted. ‘Taj’ might gain a place in new 7 wonders of the world, just because large number of Indians voted for it. But I think its ridiculous. The Taj is now old. It was built centuries ago. No doubt it is beautiful. But I do not think it’s one of the 7 wonders of the world.

If I were to vote, I’d have voted for the PETRONAS Twin Towers. A small country like Malaysia can have world’s tallest twin towers and we, a country 10 times as big as them, still have to rely on the Taj. Shame on us.

I’m not sure why I’m writing this. Like a true Indian, I shouldn’t make a big issue of this small thing & just forget it if I’m not interested in it.

-The Big K-


  1. GVM

    June 18, 2007

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    Good Question as to who/ which body decides the Seven wonders of the World

    Even More interesting is the fact that such mails are circulated every two years when the supposed polling is in progress. But we Indians have still not been good enough in our voting so as to propel TAJ into the list of 7 Wonders.

    But I can assure everyone that the efforts will continue !
    When it comes to voting, SMSing mailing, forwarding , WE Indians are not the ones to be left behind 🙂

    WTG Indians –

    PS – I am not sure as to I am fortuinate OR unfortunate NOT to have received such mails till now !
    May be my information network or circle is not at all good !

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