Today I attended yet another Delhi Bloggers’ Meet. Now DBM’s have become an occasion for me to catch up with some fellow Delhi blogger turned good friends and also to meet and know new interesting people. And frankly speaking, my idea behind attending Bloggers’ Meet is very much having fun and meeting friends. Just that.
It’s only a welcome byproduct that you get to hear varied views about many things from other bloggers, some of which is fun, some of which is enlightening and some of which is sheer crap (and I am generally a big contributor to that crap part).
On my way to the venue – Cafe Turtle in Khan Market – I had picked up Ajay, who btw doesn’t believe in mixing business with pleasure, and when both of us entered the venue, Dan Husain, Ritu chugh aka junoesque, Sourabh and Madhavan were already there wondering where the other bloggers were? So we joined them and Madhavan lost no time in telling us that he was an observer from The U.N. and even without asking he added that he’s not planning on posing any threat to Shashi Tharoor’s candidature for Top post of U.N. Not that I really care about Shashi or The U.N., but I still was a little relieved hearing that ;-) Later Madhavan told us that he was there to make n meet friends, to understand what bloggers think about their relevance in the big bad world of media – which is also his actual field of work (and interest). Saurabh was comparitively quiet, but if Cricket is your religion, you got to checkout his blog deamonsdealer (which i first heard as womensdealer, and i was psyched!!!).
Now, a word about the venue. I had never been to Cafe Turtle before, but since I had heard good reviews about it – I had suggested it as a venue. In absence of any better alternative suggestion – we went ahead with this venue. As it turned out – Cafe Turtle is not a place to meet a large group. Since it was a hot n humid day today, we kept avoiding sitting in the open terrace till the time it became impossible to squeeze in more people on the just 2 small tables that we had. But thankfully the smaller place did not dampen the spirits. More bloggers kept coming in, and soon we were sitting in the open terrace, which could have felt very nice if only the weather was better.
Back to from where I left – Prasoon came in next. Harneet & Nikhil Pahwa followed by Twilight Fairy n Lazy Lump joined in as well. Lazy Lump has become a lil’ less lazy and has started blogging once again. Nikhil and I tried to float some conspiracy theories but since no one paid much attention to our crap, we backed off. Soon came in Uma aka Toinks along with hubby Sriram. Toinks happens to be one of the bloggers who first started blogging on rediffblogs. Sriram revealed to us that he started blogging to impress his girlfriend and soon after he married her, he gave up blogging. The purpose was served I guess :)
Amit Verma, Amit Gupta (1), Sanjukta, Snigdha, Amit Gupta (2) and Viral also joined in the fun. The noise levels were increasing, introductions were being held and all of a sudden the Waiter at Turtle introduced himself and requested us to place the order. Masala Chais, Black Coffee, Smoothies, Fresh Lime Soda along with Pita Bread, Pasta and Cake was ordered to make the discussion more delicious.
It was a pleasant surprise when another Blogger Couple, Deepan and Priya joined us as well. Deepan was depressed that he blogs on oh! so uncool blogspirit.com domain, which no one cares to block or ban.
Smiles were turning into laughters – all varieties of discussions right from recent blog censorship drama, to RTI act, to Movies, to Music, to books, to techie/geekie stuff, to new trends in blogging, to santa-banta jokes were being held. Time was flying and it was once again the waiter who made us realize that the Cafe was to close at 7.30 pm (another sad thing about Cafe Turtle). We had to leave that place, and the fun-filled discussions still continued on the pavement outside Cafe Turtle for a while. It was then that Mr. Better Late than Never, Rajshekhar showed up. He came only to say bye to many people who were leaving, while some of us (Twilight Fairy, Dan, Nikhil, Harneet, Amit Verma, Rajshekhar and me) moved to “Yellow Brick Road” at Ambassedor Hotel. It was perhaps a bad venue day for us, as YBR – though it had a nice American look – is not a value for money place. The food is very ordinary, not a place where I’ll visit again. However once again lot of fun filled conversations took place, another couple of hours later we all called it a day with big grins on our faces…
In all 22 bloggers attended the meet, and I had a lot of fun. I am sure others felt the same.
Great Going! Delhi Bloggers.
Update 7/31: 1) Twilight Fairy’s account
Tomorrow is yet another DBM, being organized by few other bloggers. It’s proving to be a super weekend for Delhi Bloggers. If time permits I can end up being there as well. Hail Blogging! :-)
Update: I did attend this one too :)