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By- Khushi Bisht
There are countless eerie locales around the world, ranging from old opulent castles to frightening suicide forests. Some of these locations are cloaked in mysteries, with centuries-old legends surrounding them. In this article, we will discuss the top 5 most haunted places in the world. If you enjoy visiting haunted locations and are fascinated by paranormal activities, don’t miss out on these haunted locations from across the world, because these locations are guaranteed to send shivers down your spine.
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1. Mayday Hills or The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum
From 1867 to 1995, this location in Victoria, Australia, was used as a mental health hospital. Almost 9,000 inmates have perished here in the asylum’s 130-year old history, and their spirits are said to haunt the site. According to legend, the majority of inmates were subjected to extreme and gruesome torture at the hands of their physicians and caregivers. Nurses and caregivers were reported to have molested and raped patients on multiple occasions, but owing to the patients’ mental condition, their charges were frequently dismissed as falsehoods.
This place has had numerous accounts and writings produced based upon the fact that it is haunted by ghosts. Doors sometimes swing open on their own, and unexplained shouting is regular and prevalent, according to several visitors. It is now widely regarded as one of the most haunted places in the world, with frequent accounts of paranormal activity.
2. The Island Of the Dolls
La Isla de las Munecas or The Island of the Dolls is a terrifying island inhabited by dozens of scary, rotting, beheaded dolls hanging from trees in the Xochimilco neighborhood of Mexico City, some 15 to 20 miles south of the capital. According to legend, a little girl drowned in inexplicable conditions on this island several years earlier, and these dolls are said to be haunted by her ghost.
The trees are adorned with creepy dolls and the drowning girl’s ghost is said to haunt the island even today. According to local myths and legends, these dolls are said to blink their eyes, move their heads and arms.
3. Aokigahara Forest or Suicide Forest
Aokigahara is a deceptively tranquil woodland at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan. It is a world-famous “Suicide Forest” with a tumultuous history. In the year 2010, 247 individuals attempted suicide in this forest, with 54 succeedings. According to Japanese folklore, the forest is home to Yurei (ghosts in Japanese). The majority of Japanese believe that the suicides have infiltrated Aokigahara’s woods, resulting in frequent ghostly activities.
Considering the vast quantities of magnetic irons formed by volcanic soil in the area, all modern electronics, and equipment such as cell phones and compasses are said to malfunction here. Because of its great landscape, the area attracts a great number of tourists and nature lovers who come to see Mount Fuji from this vantage point. Many visitors claim that compasses indicate misleading directions and the cell phone fails to acquire signals.
Note: The problems you face in your lives are not eternal. Life has its own set of ups and downs and it’s critical to accept the situation as it is. Whatever challenges you are facing in life right now, there are numerous alternatives available to assist you. Suicide is never an option!
4. Hoia-Baciu Forest or Bermuda Triangle of Romania
This forest is famous for its paranormal activities all over the world. Because many claims it is a gateway that causes people to vanish, the location has earned the moniker “Bermuda Triangle of Romania.” Many individuals who have traveled through this haunted forest and escaped have reported uneasiness, rashes, and panic attacks.
Ghosts are said to linger among the twisted trees. As per local mythology, a little girl who vanished into the woods and reappeared after five years was unable to recall her whereabouts. Considering its creepy environment, it’s no surprise that this forest is considered one of the eeriest places in the world.
There are various contradictory theories about this village in Rajasthan, India. Since the 18th century, the settlement has been abandoned and is said to be accursed. Legend has it that Salim Singh, the state’s strong and decadent minister, saw the village head’s daughter and wished to forcibly marry her. If the community did not comply with his wishes, he warned them with dire repercussions. The Paliwal community members held a meeting rather than adhering to the tyrant’s orders, and they abandoned their ancestral homelands and fled. But before they left, they cursed the village, saying that no one else would be able to reside in their area again.
The village has remained deserted to this day. It is thought that no one can live peacefully in the town because a demonic atmosphere still hovers over it.
As the nation celebrated the 114th birth anniversary of his father - renowned poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan - megastar Amitabh Bachchan remembered his dad as he penned a heartfelt note for him. The actor took to his blog where he poured his heart out and also shared an unseen photo with his father. The image in question is from Big B's wedding in 1973, where the two are caught in a sweet moment as they look at each other.
Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his blog,
"My Father , my all .. November 27th his birth in the year 1907 .. Which makes it his 114th Anniversary .. He is in the heavens, with my Mother and they celebrate .. as do we , in thought word and deed .. (sic). But first."
He then posted the picture followed by elaborate paragraphs. The megastar wrote,
"Those rare moments when one would find himself rushing against the winds to prevent the distance between us and to close it down as soon as it can be. The day of my wedding and his expression of fulfilment to not just be in congratulation but instead to be in the face of a belief, a chime, an ultimate season of love and great passion, of the quarries of the fears and conditionings of these deprived gym routines kart ..(sic)". "This could have been unknown for long facilitating years, to give not expected versions and lastly large scale informations of the insides ; but as time passed by, as does now , they explained purposely, the values of education and similarity .. Be in peace and love .. (sic)",
the veteran actor concluded his note. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Amitabh Bachchan, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, actor, blog, birth anniversary, 114th birthday
By Plabita Sharma
The World Vegan month of November usually brings with itself an increased amount of dialogue and searches about Vegan lifestyle, sustainable living and clean beauty. Before pondering any further, it is important to understand what the Vegan lifestyle is and how it goes beyond the concept of consuming a plant-based diet. Veganism essentially is a lifestyle that is driven by compassionate choices and an increased awareness of one's actions on the world. Thus motivated by the two, a vegan individual usually carefully curates their day-to-day practices in a manner that does little to no- harm to the planet, the people and all of its inhabitants.
Beauty as industry has time and again been scrutinised for its effects on the consumers and the ecosystem - this can be during the manufacturing process or the effect it has on the consumer's thought processes. Now, as the world moves towards adopting Global Sustainability Goals, committing to a world that works with the natural resources instead of against them - it is only fair for each individual to be curious about making the right choices to make their beauty bag as consciously curated as possible. With multiple brands coming up with new standards of vegan and sustainable beauty, many consumers are left confused and doubting the authenticity of these claims. So here is a quick guide that can help you make the right choices:
Vegan and cruelty free labels: Keeping true to the traditional meaning of Vegan - any vegan beauty product means that it is completely plant based and has no animal ingredients or any of their by-products like honey, beeswax, dairy product etc. Similarly, cruelty-free as a label means that the ingredients or the final product did not test on animals or harm any animals during the production process. One way to test the authenticity is to check if these products are legally certified by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), or verified by Vegan organisations as The Vegan Society and others. Cruelty-free and vegan products are also generally categorized by having cleaner and gentler formulas as they are mostly deprived of harsh chemicals and solvents.
Any vegan beauty product means that it is completely plant based and has no animal ingredients or any of their by-products like honey, beeswax, dairy product etc. | Photo by Drew Dizzy Graham on Unsplash
Ethical and natural ingredients: It is equally important to invest in products that use ethically sourced and sustainably harvested ingredients. Since most vegan products tend to be plant derived it is of utmost value to ensure that while the source is nature, the impact of manufacturing is also minimal so that there is no harm done to the environment. Often the face scrubs used by us are most damaging not just to the face and to the marine life as well; thus opting for more natural ingredients rather than synthetic ones is quite beneficial. Some natural scrubbing ingredients are sugar, salt, coffee which are safe for the coral reefs and far gentler than synthetic scrubs.
It is equally important to invest in products that use ethically sourced and sustainably harvested ingredients. | Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash
Sustainable and ecofriendly packaging: While the ingredients and formulation can be certified, it is also important to pay attention the quality, material and nature of the packaging in which the product is being stored. With an increase in clean-beauty standards, the consumption of such products has also increased, thus giving brands the opportunity to further develop their packaging in a manner that is sustainable and its increased quantity does not harm the environment. This could translate into using raw materials that are recycled and can be renewed or even introducing the concept of up-cycling the product packaging for decoration or storage purposes. Fore example, The Body Shop has recently launched a new line of vegan hair care and body butters; that are not only made of 95 per cent ingredients of natural origin but the packaging is made of recycled plastic that can further be recycled thus continuing the recycling system. Their makeup brushes also have wooden handles instead of plastic ones this adds to their classy appearance and use of ecofriendly material.
The Body Shop has recently launched a new line of vegan hair care and body butters; that are not only made of 95 per cent ingredients of natural origin but the packaging is made of recycled plastic. | Photo by Oli Dale on Unsplash
The above is a small snippet in a long list of things that can help contribute to a cleaner and more consciously lifestyle. Where demand increase, supply follows - as people begin to demand ethical, responsible production and products, more and more brands have begun to deliver. Household names such as The Body Shop have pioneered conversations on clean, green and sustainable beauty for decades - thus making them a frontrunner for several old time vegan people.
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Beauty, makeup, clean, November, World Vegan month, New Standards , Vegan, Conscious
Designer Payal Singhal launched her first ever shop in New Delhi at Aza, Ambawatta One, Mehrauli. At this new location, she also unveiled "Suroor" her Winter Festive' 2021 collection for Women that stays true to the brand's DNA of deconstructing and reimagining traditional Indian silhouettes for the modern aesthete.
The collection is replete with hybrid lehenga with cut-outs, sharara sets, kaftan kurtas and anarkalis; all enhanced with intricate mukaish, zardozi, gota, nakshi, pitta and mirror work. Statement yokes, the latest take on the House's signature back-tie choli, and a new burst of #PSPrints are also an integral part of the collection. For the first time, Payal has worked with bandhanis developed in Jaipur, but with her inimitable twist - using the technique on tussar instead of silks. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Winter, Suroor, New Delhi, Designer, Payal Singhal, shop