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03/03/2011

Flying in India - Part 1

It’s bad to laugh at people but this is too good!

 

Here is an article with a compilation of the best comments made by Indian travellers on Virgin airlines… (http://www.mumbaimirror.com/index.aspx?Page=article&sectname=News%20-%20City&sectid=2&contentid=201102082011020802062751495a638d3#ftr2)

 

  • Slow down, plane’s going too fast
  • Need to spit, open the windows
  • A passenger insisted on sleeping in the overhead luggage storage bin. Post dinner, he climbed on his seat and tried getting into the storage bin, thinking planes too have two or three tiers of beds like trains do.
  • Where are the ladies?
  • There is no water  (communément utilisé en Inde à la place du papier toilettes).
  • Phone please, kids are waiting. Passengers would see the crew members using intercom handsets on the flight and mistake them to be telephones.
  • Can I have a Mac Donald’s?
  • On a Los Angeles to London flight, a woman booked a seat for her Barbie doll, which was dressed exactly like her. She even requested for a cup of tea and a massage for the doll.
    An elderly passenger was unable to sleep in the Upper Class and asked for a sleeping pill.
    When that didn’t help, he asked crew to tell the captain to turn off the plane’s engines. Air hostess’ response? “Er.... cannot do that sir, we need the engine to stay airborne.”
  •  On a flight from New York, a female passenger asked, "Is there anything you or the captain can do about this turbulence...?" The crew member replied, "(Virgin Atlantic owner) Richard Branson has a lot of contacts and influence with some very important people, but unfortunately, Mother Nature isn’t one of them...just yet!"

     

    Promise, next time I’ll look for comments by French travellers!!

02/25/2011

Are towers safe?

Building towers is nice… But is it really a good idea??

I was looking for data about earthquake risks in Mumbai and see what I found:

“India ranks second in the world as most exposed country to natural catastrophes; every year, only the seasonal floods affect millions of people. This country is also strongly the place of earthquakes.”

Like if they needed this…

“In India, earthquakes usually happen in the North of the country, in the Himalayan region, where the Indian and Eurasian plates meet. The distortion of this Himalayan zone is important, the Indian plate getting closer to the Eurasian plate at the speed of 4.2 cm per year. In comparison, the African plate is getting closer to the Eurasian plate at the speed of 0.7 cm per year.

On January 26th 2001, an earthquake hpaaned in Kutch area – already destroyed by an earthquake in 1819. This earthquake, the most intense in 50 years, was the most violent to hit India, known as a risky area since 1956. It killed about 300 000 people. The human toll was made bigger by the corruption in the construction sector. The Indian press condemned the improper constructions and the miss in the urbanism plan. Dozens of thousands of people died because of buildings collapsing.”

Well, I’m just saying… Apparently though, we are still safer in Mumbai than in Delhi :

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Click on the image to get it bigger.

Sources: http://www.chambon.ac-versailles.fr/science/geol/seism/pays/inde.htm ; http://benoot.com/inde/carte-risques-sismiques-inde-14181-91

02/23/2011

India is getting higher...

India is about to build the second higher residential tower… (http://www.newsofap.com/newsofap-17499-25-world-one-world...)

A French newspaper said that “with One World, Lodha is going to give to Mumbai the icon she deserves so much. One World will be the luxurious showcase of an India growing by 8.4% in 2011.”

A Tower, symbol of success?? We definitely live in a man’s world!! Just looking at the Emirates… The bigger the tower, the stronger the owner…

And this is how, in India, Hindus worship Shiva’s tower (the lingam, the phallic representation of this God: cf http://www.indiandacoit.com/tag/lingam)…

When the tower will be built, Mukesh Ambani will look very small with his super tower Antilla:

  •  27 stories (173m)
  •  3 helipads on the roof
  • 9 elevators
  • Private residences, gyms, pools, spas and a theatre with 50 seats
  • 3 stories of gardens
  • 6 parking stories (for his 170 cars) and one story for the car maintenance
  • 1 story « Versailles like ball room »
  • Cost: between 1 and 2 billion dollars
  • Cost of the monthly electricity bill: Rs 70 lakhs (120 000€) for the story, the electricity company over the area of the tower is B.E.S.T. and not even Reliance Infrastructure (Ambani brothers split the Reliance company). No regret: Reliance Infrastructure belongs to Anil and there is little hope that he would give his brother any gift!
  • Staff: 600

But Antilla will remain amazing in this that it has been built for 5 people (Ambani, his wife and their 3 kids) whereas One World will have 300 flats… 

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India,Mumbai,tower,one world,antilla,mukesh amabani

 

 Sources: http://www.indiasummary.com/2010/10/13/antilla-mukesh-ambani-antilia-mukesh-ambani-house-mumbai-worlds-first-billion-dollar-home/ ; http://www.newsi18.com/en/national/mukesh-ambanis-house-a... ; http://googlesightseeing.com/2011/01/the-worlds-most-expensive-house/ ; http://www.mumbaimirchi.com/mumbai_info/electricity_supply.htm ; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliance_Infrastructure