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"Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards." – Galileo

Top 5 Indipop Music Albums

  1. Sifar – Lucky Ali
  2. Sunoh – Lucky Ali
  3. Vande Mataram – A.R. Rahman
  4. Colonial Cousins – Hariharan & Lesle Louis
  5. Aks – Lucky Ali

One of the criteria I have used to filter my list is that each and every song in the album must be good, and worth listening to repeatedly. Many Indipop albums in the 90s boom era had just one or two “hit” singles and the rest of the album was garbage.
Just realised three of my favourite five Indipop albums involve Lucky Ali. Such was his impact and “Sifar” remains India’s first true concept album till date.

Do note that two quality albums – “Duur” by Strings and “Azadi” by Junoon – are also fantastic independent music albums, but they are technically “Pakipop” and to qualify as true “Indipop” am only listing the top 5 which were produced in India.

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Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” – the world’s most expensive painting?

The most recently authenticated (“rediscovered”) portrait of Jesus Christ has now become most expensive work of art ever sold with an auction price of $450.3 Million. Take a look at this 500 year old work of the Grand Master below:

Leonardo_da_Vinci_Salvator Mundi

Leonardo da Vinci – ‘Salvator Mundi’

Without doubt, this painting broke the previous record of both privately sold paintings and auctions. The previous titleholder was “The Card Players” by Paul Cézanne which was sold for $300 Million.

BUT… there are many paintings which have never seen an auction/sale and which are considered “priceless” and owned by sovereign governments. For instance what would be the value of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous “MONA LISA”?  As per sources, in 1962, the insurance valuation for Mona Lisa was $100 Million, which basis inflation should be worth $800 Million today, thus making it the most valuable painting as per the Guinness Book of World Records. (Source: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/highest-insurance-valuation-for-a-painting ).

 

 

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The Best Decade of All Time in Tennis

In no generation or decade in the Open Era have the top active players won 91% of all grand slams!
Never before. Not the Agassi, Sampras, Courier period nor the Connors, Borg and Mcenroe period
Not even the Wilander, Lendl, Edberg and Becker period.
Have taken a top player to mean anyone who has AT LEAST won 4 grand slams in the Open Era in their entire career!
Agassi, Courier and Sampras together won LESS THAN 60% of all grand slams.
Borg, Connors, Vilas and McEnroe were better and they CUMULATIVELY won 75% of all slams.
The immediate next group of Connors, McEnroe, Wilander won just 83% of their slams.
Even the highly competitive 80s era of Wilander, Lendl, Becker and Edberg together won just 82% of all slams.
But FEDERER, NADAL AND DJOKOVIC HAVE WON 32 OF THE LAST 35 SLAMS. 
Never before have the top tennis players DOMINATED a decade like this.
This is a phenomenal 91% win rate in all grand slams.
And the best part? the TIME PERIOD of this era is now 9 YEARS!!!  so its not like a brief 2-3 year bright period. Its freaking 9 YEARS!!!
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Cézanne’s The Card Players – the $250 Million painting

Cézanne’s The Card Players

Cézanne’s The Card Players

So Qatar has bought the world’s most expensive painting, or rather converted a Cezanne painting into “the world’s  most expensive piece of art” by BUYING it for $250 Million. But is it worth it? Am not an art expert, but Alexandra Peers of Vanity Fair thinks it might be worth it:

If the price seems insane, it may well be, since it more than doubles the current auction record for a work of art. And this is no epic van Gogh landscape or Vermeer portrait, but an angular, moody representation of two Aix-en-Provence peasants in a card game. But, for its $250 million, Qatar gets more than a post-Impressionist masterpiece; it wins entry into an exclusive club. There are four other Cézanne Card Players in the series; and they are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musée d’Orsay, the Courtauld, and the Barnes Foundation. For a nation in the midst of building a museum empire, it’s instant cred.

Is the painting, created at the cusp of the 20th century, worth it? Well, Cézanne inspired Cubism and presaged abstract art, and Picasso called him “the father of us all.” That said, “$250 million is a fortune,” notes Victor Wiener, the fine-art appraiser called in by Lloyd’s of London when Steve Wynn put his elbow through a Picasso, in 2006. “But you take any art-history course, and a Card Players is likely in it. It’s a major, major image.” For months, he said, “its sale has been rumored. Now, everyone will use this price as a point of departure: it changes the whole art-market structure.”

Read the whole report exclusively on Vanity Fair.

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India become World Champions in Cricket after 28 years!

The shot that will remain etched in the memory of the 70 Million Live TV viewers in India on 2nd April 2011.

Winning shot by Dhoni in 2011 World Cup Final

Dhoni hits a 6 to win the ICC 2011 Cricket World Cup for India

Every Indian cricket fan would want to watch the India-Australia, India-Pak & the Final vs SL again and again!

Full credit not just to the current Indian team led by M.S.Dhoni but to Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman and Kumble who laid the winning foundation for the current team by consistently winning test matches  home and away.

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