Chennai Indiblogger Meet TATA GRANDE Hyatt 2011

Fun fun & fun,
Where else can you get one?
As you occupy the seat,
In the Indibloggers meet!

(Pls excuse for the bad poetry!)

Getting in again organized a one day bloggers meet at Hyatt Regency, Chennai on October 9, 2011 (Sunday). It was yet another fun filled evening!!!!!!

As I parked my bike and walked into the Hall, I was asked to enter my email ID in the text box.


There appeared a message in the big screen placed in the hall informing “Kalyan just walked in”. Then a blue seal was then punched in our wrist with a stamp mark of the text Indiblogger. Aahh!! I’m christened as an elite member of the cult – Indibloggers!

As I slowly walked into the hall towards the chairs, I was calmly looking for a place to park myself and enjoy the yet to begin proceedings, there was one guy sitting in the corner of a row. So I decided to start socializing with that guy first. It was just a brilliant co-incidence that both of us had many similarities. He was Pawan!

So as we were getting known to each other, I got a tap from behind, “Hey Hi”. I asked him to come over beside my chair. Now this time it was Anand. As I was talking with him, I spotted this girl who was sneaking in, doubtful to occupy a chair. After fixing a particular position, she chose a chair behind us. She seemed to be so familiar to me. I thought I had seen her somewhere in twitter. But unfortunately she wasn’t when I asked her! 😀 We all exchanged Hi-s and ‘where are you from’-s. It was so surprising to know that she was a Hygiene analyser from Rain Tree.

Then started our conversation – Me, Pawan, Anand & this girl Janani. As the discussion was steering in another blogger occupied a seat near Janani and gave us all a warm smile. “Can I also join??” pat came the question. “Of course, you are welcome!!!!!!” we all greeted her. She was Susan. Then God only knows what happened amidst us. It was a fun filled chit-chatting session among us!

You know – *Har Ek Friend Zaroori Hota hai* – *Ovvoru friendum theva machaan*

49 seconds of fame & other events

After all the Hi-s & Hello-s, the proceedings started with the ‘49 seconds of fame’ which is almost ‘Tell me about yourself’ session. Everyone took little more or little less time to gobble words and deliver their intros.

Well yeah, the event was hosted and sponsored by TATA GRANDE. So folks from TATA joined us to promote the TATA GRANDE SUV with the ad video which reminded me of the placement session which used to happen in our college seminar hall with the company’s video playing in the screen.

Coming back to present, I was busy in the registration counter, submitting the photo I clicked in my cam for a photo contest which they announced. I had to take the memory card, transfer it to the laptop and then send email & stuffs. By the time I came back to my seat, I could find a big chart and a sketch pen lying in my chair and in every other chairs. The lights were then switched on. I know what it is for – The ‘activity’ time. The rules were simple. You have to suspend the chart with the thread attached to it, on your back and then meet people, introduce yourselves and get their blog address, twitter ids, email ids and so on. There were prizes for that too – highest count of people one met, funny comment in the chart and so on. After we exchanged details and the chart was full, the time was running out and finally everyone settled in their seats back!

Serious time or Fun time – It’s up to you!

After everyone settled, Anoop announced that it was the time for some serious discussion. A POC was assigned for the following groups to be formed where in one can form a group and discuss.

1. Blogging – Monetising our blog, SEO & other stuffs, Themes etc
2. Chennai – All about Chennai, roads, travels, traffic, fuel hikes etc
3. Cars & Travel – All about cars, maintenance etc etc
4. Anything – You can do anything here!! (That’s what Anoop said!!)

Clueless on what to do, our gang Me, Pawan, Anand, Janani & Susan were just glued intact in our seats confused on what to do as those topics did not interest us. We got introduced ourselves to Gitanjali, Sandhya, Prashanth, Ashwini, Ganga, Websnacker, Vidhya and few others too. As other groups have already been formed and the discussions have already been started, we decided to form a new group called “No Agenda” or “Untitled” group!

We basically had no topics to discuss or to ponder over. But we too wanted to be a part of ‘happenings’ happening over there. So we formed a small round initially. Slowly people started pitching in asking us

“Is this a no agenda group?”

We all said, “Yeah yeah, come on in, join us. We are ‘No Agenda’ group”

Hence the circle started expanding and the diameter slowly increased. It was so surprising to see many people of our kind – with no topic to discuss. It was so fun to see folks joining us with inflated enthusiasm. So we started Human Resourcing. We made noises, whistled, clapped and hooted as people joined. The crowd was building in and many others joined (Sorry ppl I don’t remember your full names!! Please leave a comment if you were the part of our group!!) and it became a large deformed circle with enthusiastic and fun loving people.

I suddenly got remind of the Badsha Dialog

Ithu naanga setha koottam ille, thaana sernda koottam” & so it was undoubtedly!

“Whats the plan? whats the plan….?” were the questions.

“No plans yet, no plans yet…Its against the rules to form agenda in the group” were the answers! 😀

After some funny discussions, we decided to play TRUTH OR DARE!

Read more below…

A Bisleri water bottle was lying in the middle of the circle, so someone would have to rotate the bottle along its body. When the bottle comes to rest, the person sitting near the ‘cap’ end will offer a Truth or Dare. The person sitting in the other ‘bottom’ side of the bottle will choose to do what he/she is asked to.

We framed ad-hoc and JIT Dares like

1. Sing a song and dance in the centre.
2. Go & honk the Horn of the TATA GRANDE SUV kept in the hall musically.
3. Barge into some other group (which is discussing very seriously!) and ask them ‘29C bus enga Pogum?” and come back.
4. Take a romantic snap of the person in the group.
5. Join the two boards kept in either side of the hall by moving on to another side and complete the TATA GRANDE Picture in it.

I’m telling you, it was total fun. We even decided to form a Facebook Group for our ‘No Agenda’ group and Christine it as “IndiMeetFunGroup

Suddenly it was announced that T-shirts are being distributed. Suddenly half of the circle was gone!! OMG!!! Jeez…where is the group now? Where is the loyalty!! *sigh* But we were not complaining as we had no rules, no agenda and it was only for fun loving and fun-minded people. So we too dispersed to get the T-Shirts as if Puliyotharey and Sakkara Pongal were distributed in Temples!! 😛 But there came another jolt to us as Anoop announced the photo session amidst this. We were not able to decide which one to go first.

So photo session became our priority coz, our T-shirts are always there for us!! 😉 So we barged into the group of people standing, occupied proper places so that we are visible in the photos, and later joined the queue for getting our T-shirts.

After having a good conversation, we started bidding adieu to our gang friends and later it struck us that we didn’t take a snapshot of the Indiblogger Seal that was imprinted on our wrists. We quickly formed a small koottam and people extended their sealed hands forward as if to give a punch with the Seal visible on top. I got hold of a chair, climbed on it and clicked it from the top.

So our gang was the group of pranky kids doing all sorts of tomfoolery in the hall!!!!!

Later we also realised that we did not take a snapshot of our gang too. So with a help of one Indiblogger, we the ‘No Agenda’ gang again posed for the photo!!

Say cheese!! (Click the image to enlarge)

Sorry I could not remember few names in the photo. I tried searching names with the blog ID but couldn’t find. Please add me if you are reading this.

Waah!!! That’s it.

An awesome finale or a new beginning!!

As we were bidding adieu to each one of them, offering handshakes, we were not only taking with us, the gifts and the T-shirts, but also the memories of fun filled evening and the newly brewed friendship with us.

Thanks a lot Indiblogger for providing us with such an opportunity to network with the bloggers of the elite group of indiblogger network!

Some pics for you.

Our Youngest Indiblogger!

Finally the Tees!!!!



Here is the Picasa link of few pics which I managed to click amidst the excitement and fun

Picasa Link – Chennai Indiblogger Meet TATA GRANDE Hyatt 2011

Happy blogging!!!!!


41 thoughts on “Chennai Indiblogger Meet TATA GRANDE Hyatt 2011

  1. All I can say is awesome awesome and awesome… heheheee… You’ve documented each and every activity of the meet man… It felt like reading minutes of meeting.. but this is so fun 🙂 🙂

  2. Nice post! A perfect example for how to take down minutes of the meeting =P
    Looks like everybody has a picture of Adina (that’s the baby =D) The meet was super fun! Please go ahead and create the Indi-Vetti-Group. Nice meeting you 🙂

  3. So, your group had all the fun! I was tempted more than a couple of times to join in your group, but sochthe sochthe, the evening came to an end! Thanks for all those nice pics – the evening was wonderful indeed. Do keep in touch…

    Destination Infinity

  4. @Anand:

    //All I can say is awesome awesome and awesome
    Thanks thanks thanks!! 🙂

    // You’ve documented each and every activity of the meet man
    hehe yeah….but completely forgot to write about the high tea part!!! Have to update that!!!

    Thanks dude!!

  5. @Malathy: Thanks a lottt!!

    //I obviously missed Truth or Dare.
    Not an issue….bloggers can meet anytime again!!!

    //I am going to hunt you all down to make friends.
    Ohhh sure we are social animals!!! You can find us in FB!!!!

  6. @Susan:

    //We had a ball, didn’t we??
    Of course ofourse!!!! We all rocked there!!! It was great!!!

    Glad to meet you too!!!

    Keep in touch!!

  7. @Sandhya:

    //Nice post! A perfect example for how to take down minutes of the meeting 😛
    Lol…MOM ugh!!! No no corporate jargons here!!! 😛 hehe..

    //Looks like everybody has a picture of Adina (that’s the baby =D)
    Yep!! The baby was so adorable!!! 🙂

    //Please go ahead and create the Indi-Vetti-Group.
    First I need 2 hunt them all…..yet to find a couple of them….!!!

    //Nice meeting you 🙂
    Yaaaay!!! Indeed it was nice meeting u as well!!!

    Keep in touch!!

  8. @Destination Infinity:

    //So, your group had all the fun!

    //I was tempted more than a couple of times to join in your group, but sochthe sochthe, the evening came to an end!
    Arrey aapko to bas, aise hi bina soche aajana chahiye tha….koi baat nai…fir milenge!!!!

    //Thanks for all those nice pics – the evening was wonderful indeed.
    Anytime!!! No mention!! Indeed it was!!

    You too keep in touch!!!

  9. @Hema

    //Enjoyed being a part of the vetti group
    Coooool…!!!! 🙂

    //That was one hell of a meet! hope to meet you all soon
    Definitely Hema….!!

    Thanks for dropping by!!

  10. I came up with the ‘Go honk the Car’ dare and guess what , i was the one who ended up doing it 😐 Anyways , it was crazy fun ! Nice meeting you all ! I so badly want another Blogger Meet in Chennai soon ! 😀

  11. Oh..oh…now I know why I was called to pose for a picture in the ‘no agenda’ group 🙂 Had fun meeting all. Thanks for reaching out on Twitter…got to read this wonderful post.

  12. Hi Kalyan, I could not attend, but was eagerly waiting for a post from you on this. Thanks for those clicks. I’m sure u guys had fun..

  13. @ One Very Annoyed Dude

    //I came up with the ‘Go honk the Car’
    Cool man!! That was really awesome idea!!!

    //Nice meeting you all !
    Yeah really…it was nice meeting you all!!

    //I so badly want another Blogger Meet in Chennai soon !
    Why not..we all will meet up once!!!! 🙂

  14. @Sylvian

    Thanks dude!!

    //I was the number one in the Truth or Dare session.. I hope everyone remembers “machi open the bottle”

    hehe we do rem’….!!!! 🙂

  15. @Charan

    //Good compilation mate…
    Thanks thanks!!!

    //I guess you missed “your camera missing” gig that happened for a while…..
    Yeah I totally forgot..Actually missed few more things…the high tea part I completely missed!!!!

    Great evening it was!!!

  16. @Sanjeeta kk

    hehe 😀 😀 😀 :mrgreen:

    Yeah it was fun meeting all of u ppl…!!

    THanks for dropping by!!!

    Keep in touch!!

  17. @Free Spirit

    Halo madam…kahaan gayi thi tum?? Kya hua?? kyoon nai aayi tum? It was fun rey…u shud have come!!

    //but was eagerly waiting for a post from you on this.
    Ohhhh….see how lazy..without coming, u wanted to know things happened!!! hehe!! Thanks by d way…!

  18. Uuunnn Uuuunnn Uuuunn.. I wanted to come to the Indiblogger meet. 😦 Why India is so big?
    Wonderful summary and pictures too.. 🙂
    So, much of life in the meet. Loved the way you have written.

  19. WOWWWWWW ! This looks like ssoo much fun…
    Any idea these guyys are gonna do any meetup iin Delhi too?? I would so love to attend one of these………

  20. @Ghata: Yeah yeah..they conduct this in every place….Bangalore, Pune Chennai….wait for the Delhi edition too…or even post a query in indi forum…u’ll get replies if any such idea is in pipeline!!! 😀

  21. Too late! But whoa.. nice memories 🙂 And feels nice to look at all pictures and my name mentioned 😀 “this girl Janani”!!!

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