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In the western media, we often see only one type of Indian image. Crowded, dirty and polluted. The pictures would be often taken from random sewage canals and slums.

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In the western media, we often see only one type of Indian image. Crowded, dirty and polluted. The pictures would be often taken from random sewage canals and slums. The problem is that those underbellies exist in every part of the world. Shanghai can be like this or like this:

This is not to deny that Shanghai and other great world cities have nicer infrastructure than the Indian metropolises. It is just that we are seeing things in binary instead of shades of gray. Indian cities sure have more than their share of dirtiness. Those are the reality and so are the ones below. The problem is that if only one type of pictures are shown it totally distorts the reality. Here is the other side.

Mumbai Skyline

Mumbai skyline

Mumbai skyline

Driving through Mumbai’s marine drive

Driving through Mumbai’s marine drive.

Driving through Mumbai’s marine drive.

A few kilometers north, Bandra-Worli sealink that connects traditional Mumbai city with its suburbs

A few kilometers north, Bandra-Worli sealink that connects traditional Mumbai city with its suburbs

A few kilometers north, Bandra-Worli sealink that connects traditional Mumbai city with its suburbs

A few kilometers north, Bandra-Worli sealink that connects traditional Mumbai city with its suburbs

A few kilometers north, Bandra-Worli sealink that connects traditional Mumbai city with its suburbs

The new Mumbai airport & its environs

The new Mumbai airport & its environs

The new Mumbai airport & its environs

The serene Sabarmati river running through Ahmedabad

The serene Sabarmati river running through Ahmedabad

The serene Sabarmati river running through Ahmedabad

Jaipur: The land of palaces – now getting modern

Jaipur: The land of palaces - now getting modern

Jaipur: The land of palaces – now getting modern

The heart of Bengaluru: Vidhan Soudha

The heart of Bengaluru: Vidhan Soudha

The heart of Bengaluru: Vidhan Soudha

Mysore: Bangalore’s royal cousin

Mysore: Bangalore's royal cousin

Mysore: Bangalore’s royal cousin

Mysore: Bangalore's royal cousin

Mysore: Bangalore’s royal cousin

Heart of New Delhi during the parade

Heart of New Delhi during the parade

Heart of New Delhi during the parade

The sparkling clean Delhi metro

The sparkling clean Delhi metro

The sparkling clean Delhi metro

Heart of Chennai in lush greenery

Heart of Chennai in lush greenery

Heart of Chennai in lush greenery

Chennai’s iconic Marina beach

Chennai's iconic Marina beach

Chennai’s iconic Marina beach

Chennai’s southern skyline – not as good as other Indian metropolis but getting better

Chennai's southern skyline - not as good as other Indian metropolis but getting better

Chennai’s southern skyline – not as good as other Indian metropolis but getting better

Kochi’s aspirations to enter as a Tier-1 Metropolis

Kochi's aspirations to enter as a Tier-1 Metropolis

Kochi’s aspirations to enter as a Tier-1 Metropolis

Hyderabad center around the Char Minar

Hyderabad center around the Char Minar

Hyderabad center around the Char Minar

Rapidly growing skyline of Hyderabad

Rapidly growing skyline of Hyderabad:

Rapidly growing skyline of Hyderabad:

Rapidly growing skyline of Hyderabad:

Rapidly growing skyline of Hyderabad:

Kolkata – the old capital of India

Kolkata - the old capital of India

Kolkata – the old capital of India

Kolkata - the old capital of India

Kolkata – the old capital of India

Kolkata’s Vidaysagar Setu

Kolkata's Vidaysagar Setu

Kolkata’s Vidaysagar Setu

Heart of India’s former summer capital – Shimla

Heart of India's former summer capital - Shimla

Heart of India’s former summer capital – Shimla

Chandigarh: One of India’s most planned cities

Chandigarh: One of India's most planned cities

Chandigarh: One of India’s most planned cities

Gangtok: The serene northeastern city

Gangtok: The serene northeastern city

Gangtok: The serene northeastern city

Jodhpur: India’s blue city

Jodhpur: India's blue city

Jodhpur: India’s blue city

Chennai’s Anna Memorial

Chennai's Anna Memorial

Chennai’s Anna Memorial

New Delhi’s Lotus Temple to rival the Taj

New Delhi's Lotus Temple to rival the Taj

New Delhi’s Lotus Temple to rival the Taj

The Yamuna Expressway to Agra

The Yamuna Expressway to Agra.

The Yamuna Expressway to Agra.

New 8-laned expressways of Hyderabad

New 8-laned expressways of Hyderabad

New 8-laned expressways of Hyderabad

Chennai’s Kathipara junction

Chennai's Kathipara junction

Chennai’s Kathipara junction

India’s new highways

India's new highways

India’s new highways

India's new highways

India’s new highways

India is moving. Not one or two cities, but the whole nation.

By not looking at the pictures above we get the distorted view that India is not progressing. If a media house shows a picture of New York, which of the following would they normally use?

New York

New York

Both of them exist in the same city, but we use only one of those pictures as representative. Same for most cities in the world. However, when it comes to the Indian cities, we take only the negative images as default art to portray and that is a travesty to people who are working to build the country. Let’s be fair in representing cities of the world as that impacts investments and poverty alleviation. Romantic skylines for one city and a dirty sewer for the other city is not fair.

We need to be real. But, that doesn’t mean dwelling in pessimism.

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The idea of ‘ghosts’ has always been interesting but experiencing paranormal activity can lead to some indelible scars on one’s mind. People all around the world have felt spooky feeling in some hotels. Some fled while some stayed back to narrate stories. From icy sensation to weird sounds to haunting apparitions, some hotels of the world have really seen “too much”. Apart from celebrities, royals and common people, some hotels have also been visited by ghosts and spirits.

Here’s a list of spooky hotels from around the world:

#1 Stanley Hotel, Colorado

A hotel of paranormal activity has witnessed the ghosts of F.O. Stanley, the founder, and his wife passing through the lobby quite frequently. Also, the sound of children running and giggling down the halls is a common phenomenon in this spooky hotel. Opened in 1907, this hotel lost one of his housemaids, Elizabeth Wilson, in 1911. It is said her ghost once returned to assist the guest with their belongings in room 217. Chilling, isn’t?

#2 Hotel Roosevelt, California

This hotel is world famous for the celebrities it houses and also the lavish parties. Sadly, this lovely hotel has also witnessed some spooky happenings like the ghost of Marilyn Monroe viewing herself in the mirror placed in her former suite and also the ghost of the late actor Montgomery Cliff playing his trombone from room 928. How spooky is this!

#3 Langham Hotel, London

A very notable historical hotel in London, Langham hotel was established in 1865 and since then it has seen the coming and going of famous celebrities and some lavish parties. Other than celebrities and royals, ghosts also find respite in this hotel which has often heard guests complaining about seeing the apparition of Napoleon the third, a German soldier and a doctor who murdered his wife. If willing you can book room 333, the most haunted of all rooms! Willing, anyone?

#4 Hotel Raj Kiran, Lonavala

The authorities got so disturbed from constant complaints from residents of  the room at the corner of reception area about bed sheets being pulled off forcefully, seeing a blue ray of light in midnight, that they have now stopped renting that room. It’s been vacant since many years. So scary!

#5 Ballygally Castle, North Ireland

The castle was built by Lord Shaw and his wife Lady Isabella in 1625. Sadly, Lady Isabella fell off from the top of the tower. Some say she jumped while some say she was pushed. Her ghost is seen wandering in the hotels, knocking at the doors and then disappearing. In her honor, the hotel has reserved a room as the “The Ghost Room”.

#6 The Savoy, Mussoorie

One of the most famous haunted hotels in India, The Savoy was built in 1902 but after the murder of Lady Garnet Orme in 1910, began witnessing weird paranormal activities in the hotel. Famous for its haunted corridors and walls, the hotel was visited by the Indian Paranormal Society who recorded a lady’s whispers. Wonder what she was trying to say?

#7 Hotel Burchianti, Italy

Built in Florence, the hotel is famous for its impeccable styled rooms and the opulent décor. But apart from these what makes this hotel a bit more special is a list of paranormal activities going on at a regular basis. Guests have often seen the ghosts of children skipping down the halls, a lady sitting in a chair and knitting and a maid doing her cleaning jobs early morning. Visitors of Fresco Room where once Mussolini stayed, complain of being watched continuously and feeling an icy breath on their faces. Haunting!

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