There are a couple of advantages of being one of the last to leave the dining area during an Indiblogger meet.
- You get to see all the bloggers comfortably seated inside the main hall and that is a sight that is indefinably thrilling.
- Well, we (Specky and I) got those extra few minutes with Sakshi Nanda as we discussed some interesting moments of the meet.
- I got the opportunity to have the final glance at the plates that bloggers had left after their lunch.
The last disconcerted me a bit. There was a plate with a half-eaten strawberry cheesecake looking at me pleadingly. It seemed to say, ‘Hey, I heard you bloggers discuss so many social issues and now you leave me uneaten and yet ravaged like this. No one is ever going to accept me now.’ So I really must begin this post with an appeal:
My dear blogger friends… please DO NOT leave food un-eaten. Serve yourself only what you can or you’d like to eat. Our nation has just too many hungry souls and rape of food is something that we must not encourage.
The meet had the team from Ambipur too with their arsenal of fragrances… two different ones are now in our home and I make it a point to ‘eliminate’ bad odours and keep the rooms smiling flagrantly each day now. Yes, we all got to take an air-freshner each with us. This was besides the indi-tees… and the tee too is what I now wear every day.
Did we emerge out of the meet with some extra knowledge about odours and how to eliminate them? Or the secrets of freshner technology? Well, obviously yes… and the presentation of the Ambipur team did zoomed in on us with its steady dose of graphs, figures, and facts… things that bloggers love. After all, what is blogging but to write authoritatively?
Ah! The food was great. You can’t expect anything less than gastronomically romantic creations at Hyatt. They did defend their reputation well… specially during a day where more than three hundred guests were there to not just eat but maybe even to analyse the chef’s expertise! After all, Pawan Soni was of ‘The Food Freak’ fame was also there.
The ‘Delhi Sutras’ were there… and it is well-nigh impossible not to notice them. Priyanka Dey and G V Sparx aren’t the sorts who will remain unnoticed anywhere. There were the book lovers like Manjulika Pramod and that charming blogger who gave my Sid Bahri’s book to read and review, the charming Ghata Singhal, the effervescent Vivek Sheel, the blogger family that had Poonam accompanying Charu Khanduja and her smiling father Jaideep Khanduja, and a whole lot of the friendliest bloggers around like Ankit Chugh (the lucky one), Shwetabh Mathur (The Zombie), Amritt Rukhaiyaar (The smart blogger who doubts his own looks), Mansi Dutta (the Bollywood fan), Aditya Bhasin (the jolly fellow who wears his unique indi Tee everytime), Arvind Mohan (the bespectacled serious looking funny guy), Ankita Singhal (the blogging sensation), Tikulli Tiku (who won those Spice mobiles in another Indi meet), Antarik Anweshan (the intelligent blogger), Ritu Lalit (the author with style), Murtaza Ali (the effervescent winner), Madhu Bhardwaj (the one who anchored one of the skits), Paromita Bordoloi (jo kisi bacche ki maa ban gaye thee in another past Indi meet), Himadri (the Oooooo-blogger now!), Tanya, Himangi, Mahima, and Jatin Israni (my blogger friend who wins more on twitter than he does in blogging)… and a whole lot of others who I know but if write every name, this post would become just a roster of bloggers that will never be read!
If you think bloggers are all serious people who are forever bent upon their keyboards and go tap-tapping all the time, you’re mistaken. If given a chance they’d just out-act any Bollywood hero or make even the legendary Ameen Sayani get up and applaud at the sheer power of their vocal chords and the variations that they can employ.
This meet was one where such an opportunity came their way. The entire lot was divided into teams and each team had to present ads, radio jingles, short skits or short plays after being given a preparation time that would be almost the time it took Milkha Singh to finish his race! Yes, bloggers think fast, converse fast, conclude fast, and get together wonderful presentations fast. All the presentations were laudable and I personally loved the way Shwetabh acted like a zombie… I’m sure he is going to be known as The Zombie forever now!
This was one meet that is unforgettable… but then aren’t all Indi meets unforgettable? To my mind they are all unbeatable.
14 July 2013
The post-blogpost thoughts:
I do hope the Indiblogger team scrolls down and reaches this part of this post. I am writing this as an after-thought but this is what needs to be shared. The first concern that I have to share is about the Indi tee-shirts and their distribution. Guys, p-l-e-a-s-e do consider collared T-shits too sometime. The other fact is that queuing up for a Tee inside a starred hotel makes us bloggers feel so restless. I hope someone can think of a better way of distributing the tees during a meet.
The second thought is connected to the prizes distributed during the meet. The sheer randomness does lend some sort of intrigue to the event… but leaves a lot of people confused. It is a good idea to retain this randomness BUT please make sure that the one who gets the prize actually walks to the front and addresses the audience for at least a minute. So many prize winners just disappear without us even knowing who got the what.
The third concern is about the sponsors. Please tell them firmly that they must get their act in place and not fumble there in front of bloggers. The MS Office 365 team was superb in their presentation, but the official from Airtel, for instance, could have been better prepared. The presentation slides that the sponsor gets really need to be out-of-this-world and not the usual quarterly sales meeting type!
Creative interaction and a chaotic mingling are two separate things… it will be nice to have each blogger who registers for a meet, given a random number that is connected to a specific table number. This way bloggers will be seated in surprise groups even at the start. otherwise they tend to sit in known groups and tend to interact with known people. For instance, why must my wife and I sit together every time in every meet?