Several Things

This article from the Guardian was mind-boggling:
The bill for nuptials of tycoon's sons: a cool £50m

... In one of India's poorest states, Uttar Pradesh, a six-day celebration estimated to cost more than £50m, started this week for the nuptials of two sons of one of India's wealthiest men....

The 11,000 guests of the Indian businessman Subrata Roy, founder of the airline-to-banking conglomerate Sahara, include the Indian prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar, the cream of Bollywood and a few fellow billionaires.

Such is the guest list that Bollywood has postponed filming until the stars, such as Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai, return from the wedding....

To ferry guests, Mr Roy chartered 27 of his company jets whose seats were strewn with orchids and carnations. In-flight entertainment consisted of games where the prizes were bundles of gold coins...

The garish festivities are set in one of the world's most penurious places. About 8% of the world's poor, some 60m people, live in Uttar Pradesh. Its health and literacy levels rank with the most poverty-stricken African countries....(more)

Mysterium is more than usually beautiful lately. One recent terrific link is to Shadi Ghadirian, an Iranian photographer.

A post, with pictures, about painted autorickshaws in Bangalore at Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid. I love this kind of thing.

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