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India’s billion-dollar home is world’s most expensive

I have previously mentioned the Hong Kong apartment sold for a record 57 million dollars, but now India’s billion-dollar home has taken the lead to be the world’s most expensive home ever built.

India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, and his family are set to move into a 27-floor home tended by an estimated 600-person staff. As NBC’s Ian Williams reports, the mega-mansion is taking heat from many people in India.

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Prahlad Jani (Mataji): the Indian hermit with no food or water for more than 70 years

Update (November 11th, 2010): Address of Prahlad Jani (Mataji)

Dear all,

One of the readers of this blog, simran, has just provided us with the address of Prahlad Jani. I quote from his comment: “its in Amba JI Gabbar Pahar, half an hour drive from Abu Road railway station, after reaching Amba JI asked anyone for Chunriwale Mataji, everybody knows him, but the meeting days are only Sunday and Puranmaasi from 8-12am.”

Thank you simran. Much appreciated!


Indian military scientists are studying an 82-year-old who claims he has not had any food or drink for more than 70 years. The holy man claims that he derives energy through meditation.

Prahlad Jani is being held in isolation since April 22nd 2010 in a hospital in Ahmedabad, Gurjarat, where he is being closely monitored by India’s defence research organization, who believe he may have a genuine quality which could help save lives.

So far, Mr Prahlad appears to be standing up to scrutiny. He has not eaten or drunk any fluids in six days, and similarly has not passed urine or a stool in that time. He remains fit and healthy and shows no sign of lethargy. Doctors will continue observing him for 15 days in which time they would expect to see some muscle wastage, serious dehydration, weight loss, and fatigue followed by organ failure.

More information on this in the video below by BBC:

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Saroj Kumar: the man immune to electricity

In Uttar Pradesh, India, the 29 year old Saroj Kumar claims to be shock proof. To demonstrate this, he plays with high-tension electrical cables and holds naked live wires. Saroj discovered his ‘gift’ when his village got electricity six years ago. He claimed that after touching two naked wires, he emerged unhurt.

Watch Saroj Kumar in the video below:

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Jyotiraju the Monkey King: It’s Parkour, Indian style

Aged 23, Jyotiraju from Karnataka, India, has a special skill: scaling walls with no rope. He got the nickname ‘Monkey King’ when he started imitating manoeuvres of monkeys while jumping and climbing up trees and walls.

Climbing walls and buildings is not something new, and people already do that such as the famous French spiderman Alain Robert, who scaled more than 85 skyscrapers around the world, most of them using his bare hands. But Jyotiraju adds an artistic touch to it, especially with his his signature move, the Backflip.

I recommend you watching him and his signature move in the video below:

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India’s Tata Motors launches Nano, the world’s cheapest car

When new products hit the marketplace, they’re often billed as bigger and better. But in auto showrooms in India yesterday, a different idea with a very small price tag was unveiled. It’s called the Nano, the world’s cheapest car (priced at around 2,500$), and it’s about to go on the market in a country where an automobile is often considered an out-of-reach luxury. Here are some specifications of the Nano: no air conditioning, no air bags, no power steering, and top speed at around 70 km/h.

More about this car in the video below by CTV News correspondent Tom Kennedy:

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