Monday, July 14, 2008

A Week In Atlanta

I am staying at the Marriot Marquet Atlanta. This is a fabulous lush plush kind of hotel. Bang at the center of downtown. The sight from the room is awesome. The only downside is I have to share it with an unknown person.
I am here to attend a week long annual sales conference ritual that usually happens either in Florida or Atlanta. Tons of people from all over the world attend it. Unfortunately, this year the venue-choice went to Atlanta. Guess my luck must've had something to do with the dice not rolling the Florida way. I always saw Atlanta as an insignificant part of the US. Not known for anything special other than a rumor of there being a Saravana Bhavan here and having a world renowned Aquarium. Speaking of which, I have to find out if the former is true.
Since tons of people from my company are flying out to Atlanta today, it was funny to be in a plane full of people who work for the same company. Felt like being on a school bus.

19 comments:

nivi30 said...

Atlanta and Georgia remind me of Gone with the Mind.

But yeah Florida would have more fun ;)

kutti said...

yes.... der is a Saravana Bhavan in Atlanta..... it is a part of the HSB chain in chennai!!

Saravanan said...

Saravana Bhavan in Atlanta is not part of HSB, Chennai. Restaurant in Atlanta is called Madras Saravana Bhavan, although the name is misleading. It has been 4 years I have been to Atlanta, so things might have chnaged.

blackaccord said...

hawkeye, while you are in atlanta, try to visit the hindu temple of atlanta and the famous swaminarayan temple... and yes, there's a HSB there..

Aysh said...

Hi, I'm a passive reader of ur blog, I havent posted any reply to you earlier. But this post made me do so...
Yes, Atlanta is not a real happeneing city, but it is known for well developed business centers. Its deftly not a "tourist" spot like FL or Hawaii.
And to clear ur doubts, yes, we do have HSB which is the REAL" HSB u mustve witnessed in chn and the Aquarium,they say it is one of the worlds largest.
Apart from that, as blackaccord said, if u r interested, u can visit the HTA and swaminarayan mandir too
Hope you have a good time in Atlanta.
Cheers
Ayshu

tilo said...

eat some Fried Green Tomatoes for me!

tilo said...

there you go:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5692200

tilo said...

Coca-Cola Museum?

R K said...

Atlanta thane, Antarctica madiri solra!!!

Lekhni said...

You actually wanted to go to Florida in the middle of July?

You store sunscreen in vats in your cellar, then? ;)

Zeppelin said...

madras saravana bhavan was.. and HSB 'is' in ATL now. I am not sure if the GA aquarium is THE largest...but it sure is a hell of a lot better than SeaWorld, San Diego - stricly in terms of the aquarium.

Sriram said...

Funny comparison to the school bus. I was flying the fourth of july weekend and the entire flight was filled with desis (single i must add and the onsite variety I could guess), except for the exit row seats ofcourse. Looks like with dollar earning, rupee spending, used corolla and no home/auto loan to repay, the desis are the richest demographic here. Felt like a Madurai-Virudhunagar bus to me.

vicky said...

Dont get lost in the peach tree street(s).

Atlanta saravan bhavan is not from the saravana group.Food can speak for itself.

Try Zyka cafe!

Anonymous said...

there you go, easily verified!

http://www.saravanabhavan.com/restaurants.php?cn=U.S.A&cy=Georgia&rid=45

jillu

blackaccord said...

the HSB in Atlanta is listed on their website..
I think there's a fake Saravana bhavan in NYC ..Its also known as madras cafe or something like that.. The irony is that both the Saravana bhavans are close to each other (in lexington ave) and ppl who visit the city often end up in the fake one..From what I know there are 4 branches in the US. NYC, NJ, Georgia and California.. You can count the no. of restaurants (using one hand) in the US that serve authentic south indian food.. HSB certainly is in the top of the list..

Hawkeye said...

tilo, people;

thanks went to HSB and enjoyed the food.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure if you are a Meat-tarian. If yes, you should try "Zyka" resturant there.

Nithin said...

shani. If you'd told me beforehand i would driven down to meet you.


- Nithin

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