Bloggers Meet Invite
When I got this from Indiblogger on my mail id, I was literally jumping because I had never got an invite prior to any blog meetings though I have been blogging since 2011. What made this even more interesting was the venue. Yes. It was in ITC Gardenia, Bangalore.
I stayed in Bangalore from 2004-2011 when I was working with an MNC Bank BPO and after coming back to Chennai which is my home town, I never had an opportunity to go back to Bangalore. I was really fascinated to be thinking of going back to Bangalore after 4 years. I immediately booked my train tickets though I got to book the return tickets as it was Friday night by Tatkal 🙂
I wanted to reach Bangalore early though the event was at 6PM. I took Brindavan Express in the morning from Chennai and reached Banglore by around 1:45PM which was 30 minutes late than the scheduled arrival time. I had no complaints because I was still left with ample of time to spend. Firstly I did speak to some of my friends and since it was a week day I could not meet any of them as they got stuck in their work but one of my close pal wanted me to stay in his house that night and take a train or bus the next day – saturday. Knowing for sure that it is literally impossible to get train tickets and not willing to travel by bus as it is real tiresome, I convinced him to come back again with a much better plan soon – since I know for sure there will be lot more Indiblogger meets that would be happening in the near future and I would surely be a part of it.
The hash tag for the event was #GoSleeekASUSexperience and I made sure I made a tweet as soon as I landed in Bangalore. Well, you know what?? There is a surprise element which I would share later in this mail.
I decided to take a walk to the venue from Cantonment Station. YES. You read it right. First thing I did was to head out to Empire Restaurant near to Shivaji Nagar bus stand which I had frequented during my period of stay in Bangalore. I savored eating Non Veg Thali over there since I got bored having Biriyani all the time 🙂
It was a paisa vasool as I was served with my favorite Coin Parota with Ghee Rice, Mutton and Chicken gravy and Chicken Fry with Pepsi. After having the lunch, I decided to walk from there to MG Road to Bridgade Road before getting closer to the venue. I was delighted to see Metro Station which was actually under construction when I left Bangalore which is complete now.
Now I headed to Brigade Road and before reaching the venue, I refreshed myself with a cup of cappuccino in Cafe Coffee Day 🙂
Now, I reached the venue at 5:15 and could see few bloggers having reached there well before me. The venue was Mysore Hall in ITC Gardenia.
When I entered the venue, I could see the Surprise Element. Yes, I was asked to register and as soon as I entered the details, my details popped up on huge screen mentioning my check-in and the other surprise element which I have mentioned earlier that I would disclose later was my tweet which I did as soon as I have landed in Cantonment was also showing up on the huge screen.
The event began with an activity where we were asked to come closer to the beautiful stage and we all did some chorus act and singing and then we were asked to take our seats.
I was clicked when I was on the meet.I never looked good before 😉
Thanks to Indiblogger for this 🙂
I made few friends in the blogger meet. Bikram Roy was one among them 🙂
The initial part where Team Indiblogger gave their performance was beyond comparison. There was a perfect sync with singing with that of drums and guitars.
I should thank Indiblogger yet again since it is in this meet, I met my friend of 3 years – Nivedith. Do I need to say what happened next??
We took a Selfie. I missed meeting my other friend Hrish Dhempe as it was his Birthday and he had gone out with his family to celebrate. Well, no complaints 🙂
We were then given some impressive Product Presentation by the Product Manager of ASUS India. All I could say is I was stunned hearing the specifications and the pricing for the product.
I am sure with the pricing and strategy ASUS has adopted, it will give run for money for top brands. We were then given another activity post this where bloggers has to meet fellow bloggers and try and get their personal thing and top collectors were given vouchers from ASUS. This was an awesome activity and we all liked it to the core as it was more like an ice-breaker.
We were then asked to go closer to the ASUS Products that were kept on display and were asked to tweet about our First and Lasting Impression and the entries started pouring because there were few GVs up for grabs for this activity 🙂
We were in between given few snacks items to gorge on and not forget to mention about Welcome Drink.
The final activity was innovative. We were divided into 4 teams and each team was given a theme to enact so that the other team members could find them. It was hilarious when Team 4 enacted their theme and 2nd team did Pirates of the Carribean theme. Do we need to say we, Team 1 had a great response almost equivalent to Tam 4 since we enacted the ever popular Gangnam Style with our twist where we sais “Oppa…Bloggers Style. Hey Indibloggers….” We were told that the winners would be given GVS and hence we had given our mail ids. Fingers crossed on this 🙂
Then it was time for Dinner and there was so many items that were kept for us for Buffet. As I had booked my return ticket at 10:45 from Cantonment, I could not relish the food items but there was a real fulfillment to my Senses and that made me more satisfied than ever 🙂
P.S: This is the lengthiest ever blog I have written so far with most number of pictures incorpoarted and hence I deserve a special prize too 🙂