On 11th October 2013 we reached puri. We had our booking in sterling golden sands. We were so casual about Phialin because we didn't knew what a severe cyclone is. From next day noon rain and wind started and we thought that was cyclone but we were so very wrong. We were repeatedly asking the resort staffs about the cyclone that, will the waves come up,will the glass window break and all this, they were very sweet with us and ensured us that if the waves comes up upto the resort (which is quite high from the sea beach) the hole of puri will be under water,but the glass window might break. In afternoon the wind became very strong and it was heavily raining. The resort manager Mr.Dhanraj Paul was truly a man who can take care of so many guests in a crisis period like that. He was really the captain of the ship who sailed us safely. Mr.paul called all the guests in the lobby for an urgent meeting to say what should we do during the cyclone and also asked for our opinion. We were informed from the reception that Phialin will hit Gopalpur at 5:30pm. After that we got to know that it's comming on 7:00pm then at 8:15pm we were asked to be brave, be strong Phialin is going to hit Gopalpur at 8:45pm. Oh my God, never did we imagined in our wildest dream that this is what a severe cyclone is. The outside view from our glass window was so frightening, it seemed like Lakhs of mad elephants was running round us,big big trees was uprooted like grasses, windows and doors was banging like anything. All the staff of the resort was through out ready for us whole night. Every time we called the reception that night there was someone always ready for us to answer,to give us support,to say that they are sitting for us not to get tensed everything will be ok. At 3:30pm we were informed from the reception that Phialin has left Orissha. At6:30 we all guests came out of our apartments and greeted each other. In the evening Mr.Paul and the resorts staffs organised a beautiful party just to say Yyyyyooooohhhhh Phialin we r safe---we are happy. It will be very memorable experience for us all through our life. And all the staffs of sterling golden Sandra Puri, Hats off to you,all of you are gems of sterling we are proud of you and wish to visit the resort many more times just because of you. Special mention should be made of Sagarika you were the sweetest,Pratima you were so caring and last but not the least Mr.Dhanraj Paul we salute you. Love you all the starling staffs.
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