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.”
The Aurora Borealis, or the Northern Lights, has to be the most breathtaking spectacle created by Mother Nature. The grandest light show and the most vibrant fireworks display pale in front of these iridescent colors that light up the Arctic sky. Those who have never witness it will try and describe it to you in long poetic words and fail quite miserably; and those who have seen it will tell you to stop trying since there are no words to describe this erratic, yet astounding phenomenon.
Although the Northern Lights look pretty stunning no matter where you are looking at it from, people say that it becomes even more of a spectacle if you see it by boat. The thin veil of colors that seem to be melting from the sky and dripping straight into the water make for a picture that will stay imprinted forever in your memory. Here are a few boating expeditions you ought to check out, if you are travelling to the northernmost regions of the world to holiday under the mantle of Aurora Borealis.
Fall is a pretty exciting time to be in New York, and I am not just talking about the stunning views that one gets of Central Park. For a person who is not used to the idea of fall, the sheer vibrancy of the trees and plants are enough to knock the breath out of you and leave you standing with your jaw dropping all the way to the ground. Dazzling!
Anyway, coming back to the main point, I mentioned fall is one time the cultural roots of the city seem to pulsate with life. This year, from those who are culturally inclined to those who are musically inspired, there are a whole lot of events to cater to a varied audience. Continue reading
Rosh Hashanah literally translates into “head of the year” and is one of the four new years that are celebrated by the Jews. It is considered the New Year of people, legal contracts, and animals and according to the Jewish oral tradition, marks the day when creation of the world was completed. The Mishnah also speaks of Rosh Hashanah as being the “day of judgment.” Jews believe that on this day, God opens the Book of Life to decide who has the right to live and who will die. Continue reading
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Christian Ekstrom, a local diver of Aland Island, located halfway between Sweden and Finland, could never have imagined that a casual diving expedition could have turned into such a big adventure of historic proportions. His exploration of the wreck of a two-mast schooner yielded one bottle after the other of rare, vintage champagne. Other things were also discovered – crates bursting with withered grapes, coffee beans, carpets; and spices, such as white and black pepper and coriander – but nothing compares to the 172 bottles of the beautiful bubbly that were brought up to the surface.