Friday, June 15, 2007

A R Rahman composes Taj Anthem to inspire Indians (and all lovers passionate about the Tahj) to vote for the Taz Mahal

The Taj Mahal, tomb of Mumtaz Mahal built by her widowed husband (not actually widowed - he had several other wives though he loved Mumtaz the most) who wanted to build a tomb for his favourite wife and love of his life that the world had never seen before and would never see again.

A R Rahman composed this Taj Anthem to inspire Indians (and all lovers passionate about the Tahj) to vote for the Taz Mahal .

The audio version is available as an mp3 file here :

Taj Anthem audio track download mp3

The video is here at :

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Vot for the Taj Mahal into the new seven 7 wonders -Agra, India anthem by A R Rahman

Once upon a time, in a mystical land called India, a mughal emperor called Shah Jahan lived with his beloved beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Shahbuddin Mohammed Shah Jahan (also spelled Shah Jehan, Shahjehan. Persian: شاه ‌جهان), January 5, 1592 – January 22, 1666) was the ruler of the Mughal Empire in the Indian Subcontinent from 1628 until 1658. The name Shah Jahan comes from Persian meaning “King of the World.” He was the fifth Mughal ruler after Babur, Humayun, Akbar, and Jahangir.

The Mugal King did not marry his queen just for her beauty. She was intelligent and clever too. A smart choice by the king who had other wives too, most of them who were just “dumb gals”. There was no insurance that their wedding would last - after all, he was Emperor of India. For kings like these marriages were just another entertainment. No favours could be expected just by the wedding ring on her finger.

But the bond was strong - the love and passion was stronger than what we see in today’s films.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Did Abraham Lincoln suffer from smallpox ? - Mystery from 142 years back

Abraham Lincoln was having smallpox
at the time he gave the Gettysburg address.
This is what the Journal of Medical Biography has concluded. Two Texas physicians made the claim after examining newspaper articles, historical documents and Lincoln's medical records.

Smallpox is a human disease caused by the smallpox virus. It was thought to be eradicated from the world until today, when reports came in from Bangladesh, and West Bengal in India of a disease suspected to be smallpox. Vaccination was discovwered by Dr Edward Jenner and after its eradicated a few years ago, vaccination was discontinued.

The evidence? According to Drs. Armond Goldman and Frank Schmalstieg, the president started feeling ill the day before he traveled to Pennsylvania in 1863 to honor fallen soldiers at Gettysburg. When he arrived at the battlefield, he was weak, dizzy and his face had a "ghastly" pallor.

Lincoln then developed a fever and headache on the train ride back to D.C. In the ensuing days, he became progressively ill with back pain and a blistering rash. A servant who cared for Lincoln during this time also became sick and died from smallpox.

These are all the symptoms and signs of smallpox - a disease which was thought to be eradicated. But now, in West Bengal in India, and also in the country of Bangladesh an alert has been issued suspecting smallpox.

Back to Lincoln, Goldman and Schmalstieg maintained that Lincoln had a full-fledged, dangerous dose of smallpox. They even suggested he got the contagious disease from his 10-year-old son, Tad, who apparently fell ill with a rashlike illness in the weeks before the Gettysburg trip.

Even so, infectious-disease specialist William Schaffner from Vanderbilt University is not convinced. Though "enticing," he said the smallpox theory is far from conclusive. He said Lincoln's symptoms also could indicate scarlet fever, chickenpox or even a strep infection. The mystery lives on, even 142 years after Lincoln's death.

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