Food for thought on this one..Dichotomies that oftentimes confuse the hell out of mere mortals.
Two headlines that caught my attention.
Mukesh Ambani is the first trillionaire of India with brother Anil Ambani following closely at 90,000 crores.
Mukesh Ambani, based on his direct and indirect holdings in various group companies, is estimated to have control of about Rs 1,11,000 crore worth shares.
While Anil Ambani holds control of most of these shareholdings, his stakes in some other listed companies such as Adlabs Films takes his total wealth in capital market to around Rs 90,000 crore.
The resurgence of India’s economy seemingly prevalent, or so it seems. The inflation rate has touched an all time high this year, while the price of fuel sky rockets. These two brothers however have exploited every possible area of growth to their advantage and emerged winners all the way. Its not often that a self made illustrious father, goes on to pioneering Indias biggest Corporate house with his sons expanding ten fold. This was a dynasty created, not handed over. Well done and Kudos!!
“Its not creation of wealth that is wrong but money for its own sake”.
And therefore this link:
Mukesh Ambani is also in the news for his “Mansion In the Air” Antilia under construction at Altamount Road.
Some amusing details ( please refer to link for extensive information)
According to the plan, the house will rise to a height of 173.12 meters, equivalent to that of a regular 60-storeyed residential building. However, Antilia will have only 27 storeys in all, which means each floor will have a ceiling considerably higher than the current average of nearly three meters.
Six floors for parking
The first six floors — which have come up — will be reserved for parking alone, and that too for cars belonging only to Mukesh’s family. Space for a total of 168 ‘imported’ cars has been earmarked here.
Floor for car maintenance
Sources said the Ambanis would prefer to have all their cars serviced and maintained at an in-house service centre. This centre will be set up on the seventh floor.
The eighth floor will have an entertainment centre comprising a mini-theatre with a seating capacity of 50.
Balconies with gardens
The rooftop of the mini-theatre will serve as a garden, and immediately above that, three more balconies with terrace gardens will be independent floors.
The ‘health’ floors
While the ninth floor will a ‘refuge’ floor — meant to be used for rescue in emergencies — two floors above that will be set aside for ‘health.’ One of these will have facilities for athletics and a swimming pool, while the other will have a health club complete with the latest gym equipment.
Hmmm 600 staff for 6 residents (MA, wife Nita, 3 kids and mom Kokilaben)..Magnanimous?!
Could not resist the urge to insert picture..after all its the first ‘glass palace’ to be constructed in India
Sorry all of the 27 floors not included…imagination should run riot at this point.
How do you guys feel about this? Frankly it left me a tad cold. No its not a question of heebeejeebees over envy , but I cannot ascertain for sure, given a chance, would I have surrendered myself to indulge in such ostentatious display of my wealth, especially with beggars at the end of my street knocking at my window, half naked, diseased and hungry.
I desist from escaping into moral tirades and this isnt one. Its not about an individuals right to spend his money in the manner he thinks best. It more about having tuned your soul and inner being to consider such ostentation and blatant display of wealth as redundant, frivolous, peripheral and maybe , vulgar.
Would life have been any less magnificent for Mr. Mukesh Ambani and his family had the mansion not happened? Is a palace a metaphor for a ‘good life’?
Money shouts, wealth whispers or so I thought!!
Second bit of News:
Now as a complete antithesis and paradoxical to the core is the timing of this news.
Economists, including Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, will launch on Wednesday the world’s first concrete bid to measure individual happiness and well-being across countries and continents. It will supplement the traditional UN and World Bank indicators of national income, consumer nirvana and Gross Domestic Product.
The landmark development, focusing on human well-being instead of wealth, resulted from research undertaken in Kerala.
This is the first time some of the world’s most respected economists as well as leading figures from World Bank, UN and World Health Organisation are seriously trying to introduce a new measure of assessing poverty — in terms of happiness.
In layman’s terms, this would mean taking into account the ‘good fortune’ of the impoverished in the Third World. Thus, if dirt-poor people in the developing world display a general sense of well-being, international surveys would henceforth record their ‘wealth’ of happiness alongside their material poverty.
So material wealth is not necessarily related to the proportion of wealth at ones disposal.. so says Amartya Sen. The level of well being is independent of material possessions, impoverishment, deprivation.. Hmm.. wonder what the makers of ‘Pursuit of happyness’ would have to say of this recent theorising by our lead economist.
They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody” From none other than ..Princess Diana..cute!!
Personally speaking , if an individual has acquired the skill to be happy in little, he is truly wealthy. This should not be understood as disdain for wealth..but rather an abstinence from that journey which entraps one into slavery for the pursuit of wealth.
Its too subjective a matter for generalising under a blanket assertion. A sate of mind on one scale and the world on another.. They are co-related or arent they? One exists because of the other. If there wasnt the mind..there was no wealth.
‘maati kahe kumhaar se tu kya roondhe mohe
ik din aisa aayega main roondhoongi tohe”
From dust we emerge and into dust we shall pass on.