Originally Posted by pebblegrain
One reason this horrible, gaudy monstrosity of a palace (this isnt a house) is so interesting is the insecurity it shows. You can almost hear the ugly bastard desperately crying out for attention and validation every time you look at it. It is like the Russian tycoons and Gulf Arabs building larger and larger mega yachts in a vain attempt at superiority. It is a perfect example of trying too hard, a complete lack of taste and too damn much money all rolled into one ugly train wreck.
I think that most people who post here like to think that they have a little more class and style then this and that if we were successful enough to be in a position to spend this much on a house we would do so in a 'better' way. I know I do.
Not to mention the moral implications of spending this much on a palace. While there will be a trickle of money passed down through the construction workers and domestic staff and other service economy types imagine how much more real long term wealth could be created by Ambani directly funding entrepreneurs and helping to combat malnutrition and the lack of access to education with even a fraction of what was spent on this palace.
I love luxury and consumption as much as anyone here, but at a certain point I think I would have a hard time with the idea that I choose to have a 9 floor palace instead of a 7 floor one and the difference in price could have fed and educated say, 1000 bright, promising kids from elementary school to college. This palace just feels too much like masturbation to me, I like to think that there would be more satisfying ways to spend the same amount of wealth.