Saturday, July 19, 2014


How often have you come across a Rs. 40 lakh Silk Saree?

Navratna stones and gold embroidery – The Chennai Silks used all that and more to weave the 'Vivaah Patu', the most expensive Indian silk sari in the world sold at Rs. 3,931,627, and entered the Guinness World Records in 2008.

The exceptionally stunning saree Named 'Vivaah Patu' is meticulously woven with 12 precious stones and metals to depict 11 of Raja Ravi Verma's popular paintings and it was designed by the director of Chennai Silks, Sivalingam.

"The silk sari is made up of Navratna stones like diamond, emerald, ruby, yellow sapphire, sapphire, topaz, pearl, cat's eye and coral. It also has embroidered in metals such as gold, platinum and silver,"
Explicitly projected is 'Lady Musicians' Besides, the border of the saree pictures 10 other paintings of the artist that pays tribute to 20th century artist. The best part of the saree being that the women in the paintings are intricately hand-woven and beautified with jewels.

The sari was hand woven using double warp by 36 workers at Chennai Silks mill in Kancheepuram. It weighs 8kg and was completed in 12 months

Chennai Silks completed the first such sari Nov 26, 2007 and sold for a record 3,931,627 rupees ($100,021; £50,679) on 5 January 2008 to a Bangalore-based businessman, who bought the sari on the occasion of his 10th wedding anniversary.

A year later, a Kuwait-based businessman approached them for Vivaah Patu, which he bought for Rs.40 lakh. The sari was produced using 7,440 jacquard hooks used for interlacing design and 66,700 cards used for punching design with the help of CAD software.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hindustan Ambassador - World's Best Taxi

As you all know, the maker of India's Ambassador car has suspended production, citing debt and lack of demand for the iconic vehicle which came to define the country's political class. 
The good old Hindustan Ambassador car was voted as the world’s best taxi in the Beaulieu’s World of Top Gear, a global automotive programme aired on the BBC in 2013. The Top Gear-organised show saw India’s Amby beat its competitors from all over the world.
The Hindustan Ambassador was a car manufactured by Hindustan Motors of India. It has been in production since 1958 with few improvements or changes and is based on the Morris Oxford III model, first made by the Morris Motors Limited at Cowley, Oxford in the United Kingdom from 1956 to 1959. Despite its British origins, the Ambassador is considered as a definitive Indian car and is fondly called "The grand old lady of Indian roads". Some prominent Indian politicians, such as Sonia Gandhi, use the Hindustan Ambassador. It reigned the Indian roads till the arrival of the Maruti in the 1980s and later the other global competitors.
Though on a steady decline (only 3,390 units sold in 2012-13), it continued to be the favourite of taxi operators and government officials. 
                                                                                                                                                              I don't claim the information to be my own. It has been collected from various sources 


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

World's Tallest Family

The Kulkarni family has been featured in Limca Book of Records since the inception as the tallest couple with a combined height of 4.09 m. They are now hoping to set a new world record with their combined height. Sharad Kulkarni, 52, stands at 7ft 1.5-inch tall and his wife Sanjot, 46, is 6ft 2.6-inches tall. Their daughters, 22-year-old Mruga and 16-year-old Sanya, are 6ft 1inch and 6ft 4inches respectively. The four-member family's combined height is a staggering 26ft.

The couple married in December 1988. A year later Limca Book of Records pronounced them India’s tallest married couple. They had hoped to be named the world's tallest couple by the Guinness Book of Records, until it emerged that Wayne and Laurie Hallquist, from Stockton, California, stand a combined inch taller at 13ft 4 inches. Guinness Book of Records does not currently have a tallest family category but would consider it.

The Kulkarnis have wardrobes full of custom-made clothes and shoes. Their house has been adapted to meet their needs - they had to change all the door frames from 6ft to 8ft high. They have customized their furniture including beds, wardrobes, kitchen shelves, and even the height of the toilet.
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