No Home Like Place
I'm staying at the Days Inn Deccan Plaza. It's about two
kilometers from the office. I'm the first Brooks employee to stay at
this hotel. Everyone else who has visited Chennai has been raving about
"The Park" and how nice it is. A Five Star hotel. But they were serving
liquor after hours and got raided by the police so they're in trouble.
Brooks thought it best to start using a different place. They tell me
I'm the guinea pig and I'm to be honest about what it's like here. Well,
The restaurant serves vegetarian-only food. I guess
they cater to traditional Indians. Fine, I didn't come here to eat
at McDonald's but the sudden switch from my Atkins high-protein diet
to pure carbohydrates has caused a resurgence of my migraines. I've
struggled with headaches every day. I'm using up all the
"ammunition" I brought to fight the migraines.
The bed is traditional Indian, they like it firm.
Maybe they prefer sleeping on the floor, I don't know. There is no
was told that these mattresses are made with stuffed cotton and straw.
It sits on
base made of plywood. It's like sleeping on the floor so maybe
that's why Indians like'm. I've talked
with a couple of the local people here and they confirmed that yes,
this is the way Indian people like their mattresses... firm!
we Americans are soft, eh? I've been sleeping okay as long as I stay
on my back. If I turn onto my side, everything on that side turns
numb. Here's a little photo of me standing on the edge of the bed.
As you can see, the mattress is barely deformed even with all my
weight on the edge. When I first sat down on this thing, I thought
they must have forgotten the mattress and I was sitting on the box
spring. I asked for a softer mattress and I got the "deer
caught in the
headlights" look. You can click the thumbnail photo for a
Hotels that cater to business people (all hotels
must cater to business people!) must have good internet access these
days. It's crucial. This hotel depends on a WiFi service. It's so
intermittent that I can stay connected long enough to sign in.
On a positive note, the bathroom is luxurious.
The shower is a huge all marble walk-in stall and everything is
gleaming glass and chrome. Very modern. Room service is excellent,
I've been eating dinner in my room a lot because I don't like
sitting alone in the dining room. You can click the thumbnail photo
for a larger view.
At work, they've told me they'll be looking into moving
me to another hotel. I hope it's better than this one. ;-)