The magic of online voting recently engulfed the collective imagination of over 100 million voters across the world to select what is termed as “The New 7 Wonders Of The World”.
In India we have a wonder, the Taj Mahal, and thanks to constant reminders by television channels in the countdown to final announcement and the hype so created, the Agra monument has retained its place of glory in the final 7.
But not all wonders are so lucky. Many awe-inspiring creations like The Acropolis in Greece, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt or the Ankor Wat temple in Cambodia have not made it into the top 7.
Which is why there has been no let up in controversy as today’s article in The Hindu indicates.
The New7Wonders of the World were revealed in a glittering ceremony in Lisbon organized by the Portuguese agency, Realizar. Anchored by our own Bipasha Basu and the Hollywood stars Ben Kingsley and Hillary Swank, the event took place on July 07, that is 07/07/07.
Incidentally, the reason given by the organizer for choosing the all-encompassing ‘7’ is:
7 Wonders were chosen because the original list of Ancient Wonders, drawn up more than 2,000 years ago, contained 7 and because 7 has been shown time and time again to be the number of things that the average person can remember.
Which are the final 7 manmade wonders? They are apart from the Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of China, Petra, Chichén Itzá , the Statue of Christ Redeemer, the Colosseum, and the Machu Picchu.
Joy or frustration notwithstanding, the new 7 wonders, cutely named N7W, have without doubt catapulted the host, NewOpenWorld Corporation (NOWC) into the high orbit of visibility. How they cash in their newly found fame – let me term it NFF – remains to be seen.
The Pyramid of Giza. © 2005 Nina Aldin Thune. [Image source]
The Acropolis, Athens. [Image source]