Was in Erode for a fleeting client visit- social do in fact. My first time in Erode, I was really surprised at the lavish scale of celebration.
Mammoth decorations- only real orchids and carnations, a stage background of peacock feathers ( hopefully obtained without hurting the birds) and a really innovative welcome arch made of sugarcane/ jackfruits, banana stems, palm leaves and cannon ball fruits .
Entertainment was in the form of a live performance by Anuradha Sriram and Unnikrishnan. I am amazed at the high scale she is able to take and her charm makes her endearing to the audience. Unni looked and sounded gorgeous but kept forgetting cues and lines. Possibly he is more comfortable with classical recitals
The food was fantastic and there were stalls for everything from kebabs to puttu and pizza to chaats and jigardanda to fruit salads ( more like a playground dimension). They also had sit-in dining as well for those who wish to eat less and/ or also for the elderly.
Anyway I guess some people are millionaires and some are Happyonaires and a select few are both and another few are neither. I sure know what I am.
Sore point- being a Sunday, with time to spare only post 10 pm- I could not shop for the famous fabrics of Erode. The one shop I found open had kids clothes from Mumbai!!
And yes, I noticed a really "punny" name for a hotel- Hotel Live Inn. . .
And I am on the 50,000 mark in terms of visitors!