For a lot of us bloggers, our fellow wordsmiths are often a mishmash of pseudo names, random numbers, offbeat blog addresses and ‘some’ real names thrown in for good measure. And if I’m honest, it’s not very often that you get to meet most of them in real life. So when you get an opportunity to match some of your regular readers to their real names and subsequently to a real face, it would be a shame to miss it. That’s where blogger meets come into play. And let me assure you, they are a lot less frequent than we’d like them to be. So imagine my surprise, when I found an invite from the lovely IndiBlogger folks, languishing in the Inbox section of my MSN mailbox. I know what you’re thinking - ‘The man still has an MSN id! Gosh, he’s ancient!’. But more on that later :). Anyway, the invite was for ‘THE ASUS INDIBLOGGER MEET - 2015’ in Bangalore. And it was being held at the ITC Gardenia, a five-star luxury hotel right in the commercial heart of Bangalore. Of course, I wasn’t going to miss it for the world.
If memory serves me right, this was my third IndiBlogger meet and just like the others, I hoped that this would be engaging, informative and fun. So photo ID in hand, a spare charger in the bag (we end up ‘tweeting a lot for IndiBlogger meets) and oodles of excitement in the heart, I set foot inside the magnificent ITC Gardenia, in Residency road, where a bright sign stated that the Asus - IndiBlogger meet was in the aptly named Mysore Room, for it was elegant and almost palatial with its chandeliers and other arrangements.
The registrations were completed smoothly and swiftly and soon, after exchanging a couple of Hi’s, handshakes and hugs with fellow blog-izens, we settled down at some neatly laid out tables. Within minutes, we were served a choice of soft drinks and some delectable appetizers. And then the ‘party’ started - a Death Metal concert by the amazing Indiblogger team. Within minutes, we were on our feet and ‘hurr-hurr-ing’ away while simultaneously banging our heads to the beat. Needless to say, we worked up quite an appetite within the first thirty minutes itself. And voila, the appetizers kept on coming. And we kept on munching away.
In between munching, drinking, yapping and discussing, each of the team managed to capture the essence of both blogging and the theme that they had been given. Needless to say, the activity was a resounding success, and got all of us bloggers a bit more closer to each other. As the IB team grouped us together for a couple of photographs, we felt the enticing aroma of food waft in from the buffet hall next door. Photos taken, we made our way (in an orderly fashion, of course) to the hall and treated ourselves to some almost ‘ambrosial’ food and mouth-watering desserts.
Thank you so much, Team IndiBlogger and ASUS India. It was a phenomenal night and I can say with absolute certainty that all of us (yes, every single one of the 200+ people who attended it), enjoyed it thoroughly. And yes, you MUST do these more often.
Meanwhile, be sure to check out the two amazing ASUS products and add them to your wish list for 2015. And if there is an IndiBlogger meet in your neck of the concrete jungle, that our cities are fast becoming, make sure you attend it. It’s tons of fun.