How to find your dream hotel for the next big event
On one of the busiest nights of the year, I found myself at a luxury hotel in central India, just as the world was celebrating India’s Independence Day.
I had been travelling for a month with my fiancé and her husband, who was also travelling, and were staying at the prestigious RK Lodhi, a stately five-star hotel.
In the evening, I went to meet our hosts, Sanket and Pramod, the hosts of the luxury hotel.
I had not seen them since the previous evening, but Sankett and Promod, who were both very happy to see me, invited me to their room for dinner.
They were the ones who helped me organise the event.
It was the first time I had eaten at a hotel, they said, and the only hotel I would ever be invited to, since I had gone for the event in Delhi.
The next morning, I met my fiancée and my friends, all from the same family.
We were the first couple to have dinner together.
It had been a long time since I shared a room with them.
I couldn’t remember the last time I’d been so happy to meet my friends and family.
In a few months, we would marry and have two children.
That is when I was to go to Delhi, and then to India.
I was travelling on a private tour that was organised by a hotel in New Delhi, but the hotel did not have a hotel for Delhi.
My group of friends decided to visit the hotel and, after a long walk, I would get my ticket.
The hotel, however, did not let us in.
They refused to let us inside.
We could not enter the hotel because they were trying to avoid the media and the media were trying not to talk to us.
I thought, this is not going to be a normal experience.
The hotel staff who were trying their best to get the media out, did a fantastic job, I thought to myself.
I got up and walked out of the hotel.
But when I got to the front door, the door was locked.
So I walked inside, but I could not see anyone.
I could only hear the sounds of the media.
I thought to my friend, Srivastava, who had been staying at a local hotel with his parents.
I said, Sravastava and I have to get out of here.
I went outside and found a group of journalists waiting outside, they were shouting for us.
We said, it is not your hotel.
We will just walk in.
There was no way they were going to let me in.
So, I asked the hotel staff if they were willing to let people in, but they said no.
I asked why, and they said the hotel was being targeted by the media for the last two weeks.
We then walked to the lobby.
I remember seeing the hotel management in the lobby saying that they had to shut down the media because the media was trying to interfere with the event, but that it was impossible for them to get any help from the hotel, the hotel managers said.
So they started to shut off the media inside the hotel with their press cameras.
So the journalists could not access the media, the managers said, they had nothing to do with it.
But as soon as we walked out, the media started filming us.
When we left the hotel room, we had to take our phones and walk to the nearest bus stop.
They said, there is no bus and we will not be able to take you anywhere.
So we walked to an empty bus stop and took a taxi to the bus station, which is right outside the hotel entrance.
The taxi driver said, I will take you there.
When we got there, the reporters started filming me and the hotel manager.
It is now my responsibility to take care of the journalists, the taxi driver told me.
I don’t know why, he said.
I just want to do my job.
He went on to explain that the hotel had taken out a ban on photography, that there would be no more media outside the doors of the hotels, and that the journalists had to walk in all the time, even if the hotel’s staff had to be there to help them.
He said the journalists would also be escorted out of each hotel room.
In the meantime, the people inside the hotels and the staff inside the offices and the hotels themselves started to get very scared.
The journalists started to feel uncomfortable.
There were rumours that we had been targeted for being from a Hindu group.
The hotels management said they were not targeting any religious group.
Then one of them asked me, I have been here for six months, and I don,t know why you are being targeted.
I told him that I was not targeting anyone.
He started crying and said, you have to go away.
I have seen many cases like this in India where people are trying to silence