From The Leela on the beach of Chennai you can watch the Raman effect in style and comfort. True to Raman's discovery, the sea does not reflect the exact colours of the sky but shows it in different colours . The great scientist, C. V. Raman saw in it a mystery of Nature which changes the frequency of the light falling on an object as it reflects the rays back. One can celebrate the Raman effect almost on all days through the glass wall of your room here with a view on the vast stretch of Bay of Bengal, a luxury on the world-famous Marina, as here you escape the heat on the sands during the day and the glaring lights on the sea shore at night. This is the one and only hotel to give you the best chance to view the sky and its touching the sea in the distant horizon without any distraction, save some flocks of birds from Siberia making a momentary V-formation.
The hotel menu too was authentic and natural, capturing the smell and colour of the indigenous dishes with a full complement of adds-on which are all but forgotten in other places. Added to it was personal care which was unbelievable. The staff seemed to have learnt that I had won an award for writing. When the Manager greeted me to say congratulations, I thought it was a customary ritual more to complement themselves than me! I was pleasantly surprised to find a huge bouquet of flowers with a note to express their joy.
As the twinkling stars came on to dot the cloudless sky, I could hear a gentle roar of the waves. It was music to my ears, usually battered by the roar of automobiles speeding by most other hotels in the city.