Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Being Real: UniverCell Bloggers' Meet, Hyderabad.

You have lived a virtual life in the real world. Ever tried having a real life in the virtual world?

Now you could tickle your wits offline! How? Irritate Renie to a level that he go down on his knee and promise to conduct a bloggers meet in your city! I attended one in Hyderabad this month and boy, it was fun! Do not get scared by the length of the post, trust me, there wont be much to read. Photos would do the talking for now and I shall think loud with some snaps :)

A small introduction to the event: Indiblogger meet happened on Sunday April 11, 2010 - 2:30 PM at Fortune Select Manohar, Hyderabad. The official page claimed 150 bloggers would come under one roof, I seriously doubted the number! I mean, Renie and his team thought that 150 bloggers would move their sorry ass on a Sunday afternoon when the outside temperature would be anywhere above 35 degrees?




I see the indiblogger team laughing at my instinct! A full house? WOW! Yes, we had a full house at the meet, bloggers from different background with different perceptions sat together in a room for three hours! In one line – “its an experience I would cherish till I attend another bloggers meet”.




This is how registration happened. A small group dressed in black greeted us at the registration counter. The first thing I noticed: The stack of t-shirts kept for distribution! I did notice the gorgeous lady at the counter. The guys who gave her company looked healthy which made me decide that staring at the t-shirts is a better option! Registration was piece of cake, you enter your email id and whoa, u r in!




This screen gave live feeds of the arrival of guests, the indiblogger tweets and blog updates. Technology! Who writes code for you? Renie, whats the hiring strategy of indiblogger? :O




Say hello to the organizers!




30 seconds of fame! Did some one keep the time? This was a treat! Some bloggers were shy, some reminded me of politicians. We had people writing about the older generation and we had people writing about new born kids! The blogger in picture is an ex googler, a hardcore techie! A few bloggers were interesting, others did shameless self promotion! So what did I get from all this? A good laugh and one realization: Blogsville is definitely a different planet! It’s like playing a game. You control your avatar, live a second life. The three hours we spent there in blood and flesh, we were real! Walking mortals of those unknown avatars. We had all out limitations. So did I miss my laptop? Maybe!




This was the show stopper! The interaction time. 



These charts were given to us along with one sketch pen each. We would have to hang these charts around our neck and go meet people! We meet people, talk, try to know them in a minute or so [experts we are, aint we?] and then? 



Comment of course!! We scribble our thoughts on their chart and they return the favor. Idea! Who is heading your creative team? [wide eyes]



More and more snaps here since this was the essence of the meet. Some one with a professional camera took a photo of a gorgeous lady signing my chart. Renie didn’t put it with the rest! Bad Renie [cries].


thats my chart!!





Yeyyy!! This was one session which I wouldn’t have missed :) Fooooood!! Hungry kya?




Quiz time!! Riyaz teased my brain! So did I know the answer for any of the questions asked? Does it really matter?, forget it :)

Update:



Nafisa, you were the one responsible for the arrangement of venue? Good work friend!

Alright, so the meet comes to an end and so does the post! Tired? Have a sip of your favorite drink and move your sorry ass to the comments page now! :) 






Cheers to all, cheers to life!


**All photos stolen from Renie's photo stream!

32 comments:

Arc Lamp said...

oh boy.. you are so good with your words, loved your article...

sawan said...

Dipa, thats very kind of you. thank you :) welcome to my space!

ANWESA said...

Nice one out here :)

The Show Stopper said...

Very nicely written. :)

Loved the idea of the chart! Its evident you had fun! :)

Thanks to IndiBlogger for organising such events.

Nafisa said...

Hi Anil, I am so delighted that you liked our arrangements. This meet was a huge success thanks to Hyderabad bloggers :)

Ria said...

oh wow!seems like u had a good time. Good to see an update from u after ages.

Firebolt said...

WOW :)

This is really exciting..
must have been loads of fun..

Let's hope I can get to a bloggers' meet soon too :)

Thanks for sharing this unique experience!

Yamini Meduri said...

hey hi...!!!

Wondeful post abt the special event..I missed to attend it...After 10 months of coming away from hyd to Pune....today is the first time i most missed Hyderabad...Missed to meet all you guys frm hyd..!!!

Hope Indiblogger arranges one meet in Pune...!!!will be previleged to attend it..!!

PinkZz said...

wow..

bondgal_rulz said...

AWESOME!!! Seems like u had a gala time!!!

Cheers

achuta said...

that was good reporting . thanks
achuta ramaiah
Wg Cdr S A Ramaiah (retd) and my wife S V Ramani bloggr of Ramani's Receips.

Shravan said...

:-) kollallo sambhavam :-) and here is wishing u a happy vishu :-) enjoy enjoy :-)

buzzzzzzzzz... said...

gr8 post , n gr8 pics too..

You Did Whaaat?! said...

I like your blog :) Check mine out:
www.youdidwhaaat.blogspot.com :)

Dhanya said...

Very nice post... only one question, who is Reniee? :( *Highly Ignorant*

Vineet Rajan said...

Hey, what no mention about the guy in the burqa? :(

Glad you enjoyed this meet. Many more yet to come, till then keep bloggin!

sawan said...

Anwesa, thnx dear :)

sawan said...

SS, thnx yaar :) chart idea, i am still hunting for the creative head of inblogger team!! :) the team sure deserves a round of applause!

sawan said...

Nafisa, you are being modest :) good show Nafisa. Good show indiblogger team!

sawan said...

Ria, good time, yes i did :)

sawan said...

firebolt, it was :) u want a bloggers meet? go to indiblogger.in, ter is a link ter were u cud pester renie to conduct a meet in ur city :P go for it!!

sawan said...

Yamini, awee u missed it!! hwz pune?

sawan said...

Veds, wow wow :P

sawan said...

Isha, oh yes, i did!! :)

sawan said...

Achuta, good to see you here sir!

sawan said...

Shravan, happy vishu to u too bro :)

sawan said...

buzzzzz, heyy mis fashion journalist :) forgot ur name, sorry!! it was wonderful meeting ya! and gud to se ya here :)

sawan said...

Dhanno, Thnxu :) Renie is the founder of Indiblogger.in, amazing person. read him here: http://www.renieravin.com/

sawan said...

Vineet, i am waiting for that link to those videos, wud mention about the bhurkha guy once i hav the video :) thnx for the wishes bro :)

Chandrika S Saini said...

Interesting bloggers meet is interestingly narrated. :) I enjoyed reading its each and every word.

maverick_12210 said...

Hi Anil

This is Ali - The X Googler :), Thanks a lot for putting my Pic :) in your review coupled with an excellent review of the Indiblogger Meet. it was an excellent session, & meeting with all like minded bloggers was a welcome change.

Looking forward to attending more blog meets like these in the coming days.

Let's Keep in Touch

Regards

Ali Naveed
http://cricketfever.org
http://www.techiewhizkid.com
http://www.watchitornot.com

- Sugar Cube - said...

Supercool !