Monday, October 4, 2010

Bangalore IndiBlogger Meet 2010

Five months after I attended the first Indiblogger meet of my life, in Hyderabad, today I walked in to the seventh floor of Fortune Park JP Celestial, Bangalore to meet Renie and team yet again! The first impression was not as good as what I had in Hyderabad - thanks to the 60 minutes motorcycle ride through the unknown streets of Bangalore, struggling to find our way to the venue. 

It was a pleasure to meet Renie, Anwin, Anoop, Vineet, Bala, Rashmi and the entire team yet again. Was Nafisa in there? :O The reception looked more techie with the presence of gorgeous gadgets with HP label printed on them! The registration counter sure looked better than what we had in Hyderabad and looked lovely with the presence of the bubbly young ladies of the Indiblogger team!


The hall was as expected, crowded. 274 registered entrants - now that's what I call a real offline meet! Being new to the city, the excitement of being with so many fellow bloggers was building up. To add to the excitement, I spotted Vinay, Shravan and Aparna in the crowd. Ive known them only through their blogs, meeting them in flesh and blood was an experience worth mentioning! Abhinav and I found ourselves seated towards the farther row from the screen.


The '30 seconds of fame' made us clap at commendable introductions, laugh at ridiculous self promotions and drool at gorgeous girls. The youngest blogger present was 14 years old and the oldest has seen 62 years of life. I got a chance to meet the brain behind "asklaila.com" and his cute little one. There were professional content writers, creative managers, photographers and a handful of people who respected their work. As an irony, most of the people present described their work as "crap", something which I found sad to hear.


I am still in love with the interface Indiblogger has created lately. This screen inspired me to fiddle with my phone a few times. Amazing is the advancement of technology in the communication arena!


 I took a few minutes break from the session to appreciate this beauty. The HP ePrint web-connected all-in-one cloud printer is a marvel of technology. Think of a situation were you click a photograph with your mobile phone, forward it to an email id and the photograph gets printed on a stand alone printer! No more laptops or software, no restrictions on proximity - printing is a breeze, just like sending an email! I tested this machine personally and verified the quality of the prints. Its amazing!



This time the event was not all about fun. There were a lot of "gyaan" sessions as well. People talked about technology, languages, civic sense and responsibilities, helping RTO find polluting vehicles and what not. The Indiblogger team made sure that the microphone passed hands before the crowd gets bored, something which made the sessions more effective!


The introduction rounds have made people glue to their seat. It was time to take a walk, to meet people and to say 'hi'! Yes, the Interaction round was on its way, with yellow chart papers and sketch pens. When it comes to sketch pens, there is only one name which comes to my mind, Rashmi :)


It was a wonderful experience to meet such a diversified crowd in such a short time! This half day experience has added at least two more names in my friends list - something which I appreciate about such an event.


The tiring interaction session was followed by a coffee break. I had the best coffee in my four months of Bangalore life, thanks to the catering wing of Fortune Park JP Celestial. The samosas weren't bad either! :) 


Thats Abhinav, myself and Shravan sharing a lighter moment. The best thing about any bloggers meet is the awareness it create, the thought that it shares suggesting that there indeed is life among the words shared in the lifeless medium. To meet the person who wrote the poetry which stroke a chord in your heart, to meet some one who shares his/her thoughts with you, to meet some one who made you think you are in love - its an experience enjoyed by blessed souls. Next time you get an opportunity, DO NOT miss it.


This post wouldn't be complete without this photograph. R, if you read this, know that your smile is contagious. It makes the people around you feel good. It wraps you with an aura of friendliness. Thanks for the extra t-shirt :) Bless you!


The major attraction of the event! I loved the wordings in this edition of the t shirt. Quality wise, I would stick to the one I got in Hyderabad. Having said that, I am happy to have received my share of the symbol and I am waiting eagerly for a chance to flaunt it :)

With that its time to ring the closing bells. Time for me to hit the bed! You guys wait, you got to comment before you leave! 

Have a good day folks. Communicate, Smile and Live your life!



58 comments:

Md. Muddassir Shah said...

nice.
It is my first Indiblogger meet so i cannot compare with other experience but it is a worthwhile memory for me :)

Unknown!!! said...

Nice description of the entire meet, even I feel like attending one..next time in mumbai shall be there:)

Hamid said...

peace be upon you..


nice to read your lines.

Me-Era* said...

Nice post. Good to hear you had such wonderful times. :)

Mohan said...

Nice pics and a thorough summation of the entire event! Good to have met you and to know your blog now :) Keep blogging!

Saras said...

This is the best coverage of the event so far, as seen by me, and is complete with all the minute details of the happenings! Well done dear. As the eldest blogger present at the meet I congratulate the vibrant indiblogger team for their excellent job.

Sweta said...

hey you coverd everything about the meet... good!! :)

Ashwathy said...

Nice...enjoyed eh? :)
Bloggers of all shapes, sizes and ages also!!


Sad to hear ppl describing their work as crap. In fact most ppl actually make it a point to "boast" abt that :P sigh...

Dude that HP device is a marvel...if it actually works the way u described it! I want one NOW!


Here's to many more of such meets! :-)We need to get more of these organised..
I like those t-shirts...nice idea behind it.

satya_eee1 said...

Hi Anil,
A nice review. I'm not sure whether I've met you in the meet. But this meet has actually made me open up your blog and write a comment. You have a nice blog.. reading your other blogposts too...

Luscious Sealed Lips said...

Sounds fun! :)

Kisses.

Pesto Sauce said...

I would so love to attend a blogger meet...are all these meets held only in India?

s.H.a.S.h.I said...

wow... was really nice roundup of the meet... one of the best reviews.. :)

Abhinav said...

All I can say is that Thank You for encouraging me to move my lazy bum and take me there.. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Indibloggers meet must happen more more and more!

Liked it.

Aparna said...

very well summed up! Nice review

loved the photos u added....you've clciked great snaps

Lakshmi Rajan said...

One good thing about Indimeets is we got to meet new faces and their blogs :) Like I found you now! Nice pics and summation of the event. Got two tee eh? I should have too ;)

Raisa said...

Hey ....very beautifully presented the review of the meet , and i was captured in one of the pic also :-D !!! It was nice to meet you :-)

sawan said...

Muddassir, It sure was! Thats why I love these kind of meets. I wasnt sure I was gona attend this one. I was supposed to be at office during that time. At the last moment I decided to head to Fortune Hotel, I took a leave from work :)

sawan said...

Unknown, Your name is catchy :) Do attend, ou wouldn remeber every one u meet there, but the memories which would remain shall be worth the effort!

sawan said...

Hamid, thnx brother :)

sawan said...

Meera, thnx dear, you could have come!

sawan said...

Mohan, the feeling is mutual! good to have met you in person. cheers to the meet :)

sawan said...

Saras, its an honor to hear such words sir. Thank you. it was a pleasure to meet you :)

sawan said...

Sweta, thnx mis :)

sawan said...

Ash, Enjoyed to the core :) ture! who would want to write crap? atleast the one who writes it shouldn call it like that right :( the device - it sure is. out of curiosity i asked the price and i was told that it starts at 7500, i dont wana buy that for personal use as of now :P Next time you hear of one, attend it. even if you got to travel, it would be worth the effort! there was one in mumbai as well, you could have attended! i got two tshirts :P

sawan said...

Satya, thanx brother! we did meet, a glance though :) it was fun for sure!

sawan said...

LSL, it was, attend one!

Arv said...

that does sound like a good experience mate... will try to catch up next time :)

Alpha Za said...

dammit...I want a Pakiblogger version...oh wait. the gov. doesn't like blogs here...baloney.

The event sounds really cool though.

Tavish Chadha(sensible-bakwas.com) said...

hey! it was nice seeing u there after the meet at hyd... a review there... nice to see a pic of the printer too there hehe

Cheers!
Tavish
Blog: Sensible Bakwas

sawan said...

Pesto, as far as i understand, these fests are for now conducted in India only. Renie would be the right person to comment on it! :)

sawan said...

shashi, thnx bro :)

sawan said...

Abhinav, :) not to mention the bangalore darshan :P thnx bro and yeah, it should happen more often!

sawan said...

Aparna, thnx grl :)

sawan said...

Lakshmi, very true! yeah, bohath maska dalna pada :O :P ab ek printer bhi chahiye, HP - r u listening? :P

sawan said...

Raisa, thnx dear :) good to meet you too! hopefully wud meet again soon given that u stay nearby :) have fun!

Shri Ram Ayyangar said...

Good write up, keep coming when the meet is scheduled.

Shrinath Vashishtha said...

An appetizing chronicle of the meet, this replete with some fervently done pics! Hope to relish a similar meet-up myself sometime soon… may be… :-)

writerzblock said...

Awwww................. I am soooooooooooooo JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ!!! Nice post with lovely pictures capturing the best of the meet.

Sourav C. Pandey said...

Lovely pictures. excellent round up and a well deserved printer! Cheers man! Way to go! :D

♪♪HARINI♪♪ said...

WEll I've been blogging for 3 years but have never attended an indiblogger meet.. I live in bangalore and now I wish i'd come :)

Shruti said...

Hi, Sorry for commenting so late!! :D
Anyway,interesting to find out that blogger meets always tend to happen everywhere but here! Aren't these meets a source of new discoveries too? Of course, yes! Wonder, when one will happen in Delhi?!

sawan said...

Arv, u shud! its a beautiful exxperience :)

sawan said...

Alpha, haha, why not think of start one? i am sure the indiblogger team would advice if asked!

sawan said...

Tavish, mate, it was nice seeing ya too :) th printer was aawesome, i tuk print outs of some pics from my memory card and it came well, cudnt resist to click a pic of it :P

sawan said...

Shri Ram, thank you sir. sure, this is one thing i love :)

sawan said...

Shrinath, thnx bro, do not miss a chance to attend this one - its worth the time spent!

sawan said...

Writerzblock, haha, dont be!next time, cya around :P

sawan said...

Sourav, i din get that printer :) thnx for the cmnt Sourav.

sawan said...

Harini, you r here in bangalore???? :O u shud have come! :( why r u not ter in my fb? :(

sawan said...

Shruti, better late than never :P looks like one meet did happpen in dilli during august this year! ping Renie and you would have another date with the bloggers :D cheers!

Angel said...

How i wish to be there ! It is so nice to be with the company of brilliant people.

sawan said...

Angel, participate! there is another bloggers meet happening this Saturday! its really fun, trust me. you get to meet so many like minded people! the indiblogger team is fun to be with :)

Angel said...

@ Sawan..wow , i love that idea for i will be meeting my blogger friends , the poet and poetries. but though i wanted i really can't , i lived million miles away :)

sawan said...

koi nai, log in to indiblogger and check for meets. when ever u get a chance to visit India, make sure you attend one :P ters a solution for everythig :D

Angel said...

Yes ,who knows one day ,one day only time can tell.

sawan said...

everything happens for good :)

Angel said...

I agree ! But why you are still awake in this holy hour ?

sawan said...

Angel, i slept off :P