watch the reader online Its been too long since my team went out for lunch or for anything. We’ve been extremely busy what with all the work piling up on us for the past two months and we needed some fun & a chance to blow off some steam. As part one of this need, we decided to go out for lunch in a slightly expensive place, courtesy of the bugdet handed over to our department and emjoy ourselves for a couple of hours. It was decided to do it on Friday rather than Saturday, since one of the trainers in my team would be heavily occupied today.
We wanted a suitable place for our lunch and although the one near us has delicious food, their service is terrible and we kind of got feed up of it. So we started looking for an alternative. Hotel Periyar in Aluva was suggested – it’s big, roomy and it has a wonderful view of the adjacent Periyar river and the Aluva bridge. So hotel picked out, it was now just a matter of informing the team, arranging transport and adjusting our work so we could be free for a few hours.
It took us a long time to arrange a cab. Hungry faces stared at me from 1 pm till about 2:40 pm when we got into the cab and headed on the way to the hotel. 5 of us went by cab and waited for almost 40 minutes until the remaining guys reached. While we waited for them we ordered cream of chicken soup, which was different but hot & tasty. By the way, just what on earth is cream of chicken soup? Where is he cream from? Er, never mind. The others reached and while they had their soup, a couple of us went to enjoy the view on the balcony that overlooks the river. Beautiful!
Ok, now it was past 4 and we were waiting for the food to come. People ordered biriyani, chicken fried rice, beef fry, chicken szechuan, 3 big karimeen fish fry, porotta, chappathy, prawns (curried & fried), chicken 65, mutton curry and American chopsuey. I had a chopsuey, fish fry and sampled the chicken 65 & prawns. We talked, joked and laughed, and along the way, polished food enough to feed a small army. By the end of it, stomachs were full and satisfied. By the time we finished our ice creams and paid the bill, it was 5.30 pm! The hall that we were in was big and roomy enough to accomadate lots of people, while leaving enough gaps among the tables to ensure that you do have lots of space & privacy to talk.
The Hotel Periyar is an old building surrounded by the river, large parking areas and a garden/lawn area where you can sit during the evenings and relax and there’s even swings & a play area for kids. It’s too far from where I live to go with family or friends for lunch/dinner but I think it’s fine for people in Kalamasserry & Aluva. And it is expensive!