In the business world, being famous is usually a blessing since a celebrity is a brand name himself and has the ability to pull fans in the form of paying customers. Look at actor Will Ferrell’s tremendously successful website, FunnyorDie.com or rapper Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs’ record label, clothing line, and film Production Company or Robert De Niro’s restaurants Locanda Verde, Nobu, and Tribeca Grill. Continue reading
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Don’t you absolutely hate when your flight is delayed and you are required to spend time in the airport lounge. Within a couple of hours when the hard seat starts giving you a cramp in the butt and the old lady snoring next to you incites all but murderous intentions in your mind you would willingly trade your place with a jailbird for a relatively comfortable place to curl up and sleep in. Continue reading
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How expensive do you think would be the most expensive penthouse in the world? $20 Million? $30 Million? $40 Million? $45 Million? Try $51,040,000. That’s right – a whopping $51 million! Although I am still reeling from the shock of this earth shattering price of a penthouse that is yet to be completed, a part of me is also curious to know who would be the lucky (read crazily rich) owner of this property.
This much coveted piece of luxury is part of a 14-storey, 68,459-square-foot oceanfront spread known as Genesis Puntarenas. It is located in the city of Puntarenas, which is about half-hour’s drive away from the capital city of San Jose. It has been built on one of three titled beach fronts in Costa Rica and it combines state-of-the-art modern architecture (they always say that, don’t they?) with generous floor plans.
No trip to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, can be complete without a visit to the Phsar Thmei, or the Central Market. Even if you are not the kind that takes pleasure in shopping, you will certainly enjoy walking around this bustling market, taking in the sites, watching the locals sell their wares, and sampling interesting things to eat.
When it was completed in 1937, Phsar Thmei was considered to be the biggest market in Asia. The building is a stunning piece of architecture inspired by the art deco style. Designed in the shape of a dome, the Central Market has four arm-like protrusions that branch out into massive hallways which are bursting with innumerable stalls. All that a human brain can be put onto a shopping list can be found here – from gold and silver to antique coins; from apparels and crafted cloth to trinkets and jewelery; and from books, flowers, and shoes to luggage, souvenirs, and memorabilia. Anything that hasn’t found its way into one of the stalls in this market is probably not worth buying at all.
When you think of Eve Arnold, your mind automatically jumps to the haunting and endearing pictures of Marilyn Monroe captured by her. No doubt Marilyn Monroe was a photographer’s delight but Arnold’s pictures of this enigmatic diva have a completely different quality about them. Where many focused on her sexual appeal, Arnold showed the world Marilyn’s tenderness, vulnerability and childlike quality. Undoubtedly, few before Arnold had tried to explore this side to Marilyn’s personality. Continue reading
India had hoped to dazzle the world by putting on the “best ever Commonwealth Games” yet – a spectacle so grand, so beautiful that it would rival the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Well, like many other things in India, this too, might be a distant dream.
What started as an effort to showcase India’s potential as a cosmopolitan and economic powerhouse has in fact, ripped open the widespread corruption that has been allowed to go on rampant, unchecked and definitely unpunished. While Indian organizers are still confident that they will be able to pull of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, daring to go to the extent of claiming that it will be a spellbinding spectacle, everything right now points towards the event turning into a “debacle of epic proportions.”