Akshat Saraf was vacationing with his wife and young child over the Easter holidays in Sri Lanka. Having enjoyed a restful holiday, the family overslept on Sunday morning in the room on the 25th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.
We were just getting ready to go downstairs for breakfast was when I heard the first explosive noise," Saraf told CNN via Skype from his home in Bangalore, India. "At that point I wasn't sure what the nature of the sound was. I personally thought it was a loud thunderstorm … the entire room started shaking."
A few seconds later they heard another boom. Looking out the window, he noticed a group of bystanders turn and start pointing at the building.
"That's when I realized probably the sound, the explosive noise, did come from our building and I asked my wife to pick up the passports and we immediately left the room.," said Saraf.