100th Anniversary of Titanic Disaster


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           AUGUST 10, 2012           00.40 A.M.

This year seems to be the year of anniversaries . Apart from some happy , epoch  – making and historical events , 2012 also marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic . This luxury liner collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic ocean and sank on April 15 , 1912 , while making its maiden voyage . It does not feel nice to remember or write about a disaster of this magnitude where 1502 people died . But I loved the film ” Titanic ” [ 1997 ] and later on , when I searched and researched on the topic , I was intrigued by the story of this ill – fated luxury liner .

The reconstruction of the RMS Titanic. The blu...

The reconstruction of the RMS Titanic. The blueprints were supplied by the original ship’s builder and Cameron tried to make the ship as detailed and accurate as possible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster film directed, written, co-produced, and co-edited by James Cameron . A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic , it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.

Production on the film began in 1995 , when Cameron shot footage of the actual Titanic wreck . The modern scenes were shot on board the Akademik Mstislav Keldysh , which Cameron had used as a base when filming the wreck . A reconstruction of the Titanic was built at Playas de Rosarito , Baja California , and scale models and computer-generated imagery were also used to recreate the sinking . The film was partially funded by Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox , and , at the time , was the most expensive film ever made , with an estimated budget of $200 million .

Upon its release on December 19, 1997, the film achieved critical and commercial success . Nominated for fourteen Academy Awards , it won eleven , including the awards for Best Picture and Best Director , tying Ben Hur (1959) for most Oscars won by a single film . With a worldwide gross of over $2 billion , it was the first film to reach the billion-dollar mark , remaining the highest-grossing film of all time for twelve years , until Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar surpassed its gross in 2010 . A 3D version of the film was re-released in theaters (often billed as Titanic 3D) on April 4, 2012 , to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the ship.

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As I stated above , I watched the film and was very much fascinated by its story . I further studied about it and this topic became a part of me . I also fancied visiting the original site of Titanic shipwreck one day .

 

English: RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic under con...

RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic under construction in Belfast, Ireland, ca. 1910 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10,...

RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sinking of the Titanic, drawn from wireless de...

Sinking of the Titanic, drawn from wireless description (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Map marks the route of RMS Titanic du...

English: Map marks the route of RMS Titanic during her maiden voyage, the ports on that route, and approximate location of where she sank on 1912-04-15. The remaining portion of her uncompleted route is shown dashed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton , UK to New York City , US . The sinking of Titanic caused the deaths of 1,502 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history . The RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage . She was the second of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line , and she was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast . On her maiden voyage, she carried 2,224 passengers and crew.

Captained by Edward Smith, her passengers included some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as hundreds of emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland , Scandinavia and elsewhere throughout Europe seeking a new life in North America. The ship was designed to be the last word in comfort and luxury .

English: Last lifeboat arrived, filled with Ti...

Last lifeboat arrived, filled with Titanic survivors. This photograph was taken by a passenger of the Carpathia, the ship that received the Titanic’s distress signal and came to rescue the survivors. It shows the last lifeboat successfully launched from the Titanic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was a tragic event , a disaster which is still unparalleled in the history of modern times . Film ” Titanic ” [ 1997 ] re – created and re – lived the memory of that disaster and made this tragic story immortal in the mind of  the viewers .

This year in April , when the world remembered sinking of Titanic , I immediately wanted to write about it but due to extremely busy schedule and other pressing preoccupations , I was unable to complete it . So I am completing it today and posting it .

[ Some of the facts and figures have been taken from the Wikipedia . I express my gratitude . ]

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Hotel – 1 : Udaipur [ Hotel Akshay Niwas ]


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           JULY 10 , 2012           11.15 P.M.

I have always admired two journalists cum columnists cum TV show anchors of my country . They are Ms. Anupama Chopra and Mr. Vir Sanghvi .

Ms. Anupama Chopra is a film journalist , who writes her movie review columns in Hindustan Times and India Today . She also writes for international papers like ; The New York Times , The Los Angeles Times , Variety and Sight & Sound and she also writes and anchors her well – known TV shows ” Picture This “ on NDTV 24 x 7  and ” The Front Row “ on Star World channel .

Mr. Vir Sanghvi is a political journalist , writes his column about Food & Culinary and Hotel & Hospitality in Sunday Brunch of Hindustan Times and also presents his famous shows ” A Matter of Taste “ on Discovery channel and ” Custom Made for Vir Sanghvi “ on NDTV Good Times . His other two successful TV shows are ” Foodistan “ for NDTV Good Times and ” Achievers Club “ on Star World .

Wow , what a life man ! They both have authored several books also . And they are globe – trotting celebrities . It’s a life worth living when you are get paid to live in 5 / 7 star hotels . You are offered best of cuisines on platter and instead of you paying the bill , you are offered money in lieu of tasting that exotic food . You interview mightiest of stars in swanky hotels and demand and get remuneration for it . God , this is the life I fancy !!

I always wanted to be like them . I wanted to do what they have done and would love to write on several subjects as they do .

Therefore I started writing , though tentatively , my travel diaries . Then slowly I wrote few blogs on Food & Culinary also . This is my first blog on Hotel & Hospitality . I have clubbed these three topics in a category called Vidur’s Random Musings on my blog space . I know these blogs are very amateurish , but as I have stated earlier , I am simply trying to emulate the above mentioned two journalists cum columnists cum TV show anchors .

I am a wanderer . Initially when I started travelling , I used to stay in ordinary , cheap hotels . So there is nothing to write about them . I can say without hesitation that my first stay in a decent hotel was when I visited Udaipur on October 04 , 2010 .

I was called to train Dev Patel for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and was put in Akshay Niwas Hotel by the production team .

Stars of ” The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel “ were staying in Udaivilas Palace Hotel and the director and his team members were staying at Hotel Trident . I have posted photos of Udaivilas Palace Hotel and Hotel Trident in my blog ” Vidur’s Travel Diary : Udaipur ” .

I was put in Akshay Niwas Hotel , which is very close to these iconic hotels of Udaipur . Its exterior is like typical havelis of Rajasthan . If you don’t know that this is a hotel then you might confuse it with a residence of a wealthy Rajasthani family .

Reception area and the lobby of this 4 storied Akshay Niwas Hotel are also very spacious , airy and sunlit .

The Lobby

The Lobby

Dinning Table in The Lobby

Dinning Table in The Lobby

When I entered my room on the 3rd floor , I found it exceptionally spacious . Some hotel rooms are so claustrophobic that you feel suffocated in them . But not here . Spacious room , huge windows , equally huge bathroom and a room to keep my bags and baggage , wow , I felt nice .

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

My Room in Akshay Niwas Hotel

While going through the above posted photos , you can feel that the sun-kissed room is airy and full of light .

The bathroom is adorned with anti – skid tiles and is more spacious than the hall of some of the flats of Mumbai .

Wash Basin in The Bath Room

Wash Basin in The Bath Room

One plus point which I would like to mention is that the room has many plug sockets , so that you can charge your multiple mobile phones and can also work on your laptop simultaneously . Some hotel rooms don’t have enough sockets and you have to struggle to recharge your mobiles and laptops , specially when you don’t have enough time . But not here . They have taken extra care .

If you open the windows , you can feel the aroma of fresh and pure wind coming from Aravali Hills . If you decide to switch of the air conditioner and just open the windows , fresh wind and enough sunlight will force you to think that you are in another world .

It is a feeling which is unimaginable in Mumbai .

View From My Room's Window

View From My Room’s Window

View From My Room's Window

View From My Room’s Window

View from My Hotel Room

View from My Hotel Room

View of Udaipur from My Room's Window

View of Udaipur from My Room’s Window

Maintenance of the hotel is praiseworthy . Room service is prompt and quick and food is delicious .

Staff is courteous and well – behaved .

If you are not going for star hotels and looking for budget hotel in Udaipur , this Akshay Niwas Hotel is highly recommended by me .

I would love to give it 4 star out of 5 .

VIDUR

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