ITC Grand Chola Indiblogger Meet 2012 – A rendezvous to remember!

Indiblogger meets have always been fun!

Looking back the times this and this , when I had walked into the banquet hall sheepishly uncertain, unknown of the blogger meet protocols and likes, it gives an immense feeling of tranquility to be cognizant of the fact that I am now acquainted with this indiblogger-ness and can walk-in to any meets with a sense of collegiality and connectedness and definitely find atleast ten to fifteen of your twitter mates or blog mates for sure.

This time on October 27th 2012 (Saturday), it was hosted in association with ITC Grand Chola 5 Star luxury hotels @ Guindy. When the seats were limited, I quickly logged in to indiblogger site from my mobile as I was out of home and clicked the blessed ‘Register’ button! *peace*. From that time onwards, I’ve been waiting for the Saturday to hit me soon, so that I can meet all my friends scattered around the social media. When I got a confirmation called from Nandita, I was more thrilled for the meet.

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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!

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UniverCell Chennai IndiBlogger Meet

“Err…indibloggers meet?” I enquired a girl sitting in the couch at the reception of GRT convention Centre.

It was fantastic fun in the bloggers meet organized by in Chennai GRT convention yesterday (Saturday March 20). I happen to be a part of this meet. Well, I was completely clueless on whats gonan happen there. But after entering it was a different world!

She beamed on me with a wide smile and said, “Sorry, err…no idea!!”

Then I saw someone opening the big door of the meeting hall that lay in-front of me.  I followed the suit. Happiness drenched me to see smiling faces and black T-Shirts bearing those words

Univercell Chennai Indibloggers Meet.

We Blog, Therefore We Are

Okay I’m in the right place; I thought and joined the queue to register myself. One laptop, One Textbox. I entered my indiblogger sign-in mail id. Whoa! Welcome Kalyan Varadarajan, said the message.

I slowly strolled towards the seating to park myself in an appropriate place so that I get to view the proceedings clearly!

It all started with indiblogger team introducing their members & then came the video on how Hitler wanted to attend this indiblogger meet (Watch it HERE). The next was a 30 seconds of fame which was “Tell me about yourself” thingy! It was all fun to hear from people. There was a mix of bloggers who fell into wide variety of categories viz. family blogger, food blogger, Software techies, Freelancers, entrepreneurs, marine engineers, dentist, authors, college students, lawyer, shutterbugs, blogging for cause and more.

After the intro sessions, came the activity session where in all were given a big chart with a tag on it, so that we can sling it in our neck with the chart in our back and people can write comments on it!! It was fun writing the comments (Back scratching!!).

The most interesting part was the tweet thing where all indiblogger profile image was displayed on screen & the latest tweet that the person tweets is updated in the screen with the hast tag #indichn. So it was obvious that there were terrific tweeters amidst the bloggers. It was actually fun pulling people’s legs in the tweets.

The proceedings of the meet went on with Univercell launching its official blog, brain storming session on “Should the marketing media switch to social media networking side to market and advertise their products and services?” and we had a blogger from Zee TV Tamil and many other media persons contributing their views and suggestions on this topic.

The meet concluded with the light snacks/Juice and the distribution of T-Shirts! That was really cool one. It was an enriching experience meeting new bloggers all over from Chennai and other places. I got new friends as well.

One of the blogger who was hosting the brain storming session I mentioned above was fluently speaking in a flawless Tanglish! So here came the tweet right in my mobile!

Some pics from my mobile

With fellow bloggers & Anoop (IndiRocker, Visionary) & sorry don't rem' the name of the second black Tee Indiblogger guy!

Chain Reaction!! Photo Courtesy: @sandeepvarma

My Chart (Back Panel!! 😛 )

T-Shirt front

T-Shirt Back

Just look at MSNarain blog for similar update on this & for interesting & funny tweets

Do leave your clicks here as well for interesting updates on the meet.

Yuvika Chaube

Aarti krishnakumar

Sandeep Varma

Deepa Raman





And all you guys please send all the pics clicked in the indiblogger meet to my mailID:

kallyb4u [at]gmail[dot]com.

That will be a great thing to treasure!!

It was great meeting all you guys!!

Blogging is indeed a religion & we all a part of it!!


Kally @itzkallyhere