About India's first high-profile skiing village in Kullu - Manali (HP, India)

This article, published in the 'Financial Times Deutschland' , is about the state of the long-proposed India's first high-profil... thumbnail 1 summary
This article, published in the 'Financial Times Deutschland', is about the state of the long-proposed India's first high-profile skiing village in the suburbs of Kullu - Manali in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. The places are famous tourist destinations in Indian tourist circuit and are thronged by millions of visitors and tourists from round the world and within India alike. The higher reaches of Kullu - Manali receive heavy snowfall in winters and are foreseen to be developed into a world class ski resort by international entrepreneurs and business houses of the likes of Alfred Ford (the great-grandson of US industrialist Henry Ford) and other well known personalities.

The article caught my attention while surfing the internet as its keywords must have been SEOed as related to 'India'. The article essays the difficulties that the proposed project has undergone in past couple of years resulting in its much hyped delay, the government's slow working procedures, and most of all the faith of the local people in their respective local deities in deciding if the project is good or bad for the people / region.

But, the thing that had my eyeballs snapped the most was this glitzy picture of some dancing damsels in flashy filmy costumes highlighting the article (in other words representing the picture of India to the FTD's readers). The article has nothing to do with bollywood or entertainment yet it is correlated with colourful picture of some dancing beauties.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK? IS IT REALLY THE PICTURE THAT THE WESTERNERS MUST RELATE INDIA TO WHEN THEY READ ABOUT HER?
  • OR IS THIS THE TRANSFORMATION OF IMAGE FROM INDIA BEING PROJECTED AS THE LAND OF SNAKES, COWS, SAINTS ROAMING ON ROADS?
  • ALL IN ALL, DO VISIT THE FTD's SITE TO READ THIS ARTICLE IN FULL AND SEE THE PICTURE IN LARGER VIEW.

[Guest post by Shelly @ Indian-Graffiti]

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