What a joy! What a joy!! What a great feeling it was to meet so many fantastic people at one place.
Indian Blogger’s Meet in London that was attended by was attended by Anand K, Anand V, Chakra, Guru, Jag, Praveen, Neha, Radhika, Renga, Subhashree & 18-month old Sriram on Sunday, 28th July 2005 happened to be a thoroughly enjoyable moment for all of us here.
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Left (Front to Rear): Radhika, Renga, Neha, Anand K (with long hair), Subhashree, Sriram.
Right (Front to Rear): Anand V, Chakra, Jag, Guru
Photo clicked by: Praveen
L to R: Guru, Anand K, Jag, Praveen, Renga, Chakra, Subhashree, Radhika.
Guy not showing his pretty face: Sriram
Photo clicked by: Anand V
I have met all the people barring Neha individually beforehand, but for the rest of them it was a meeting of total strangers. Yet, as a group we hit off very well right from the start and there wasn’t a bit of formal air anywhere. It was interesting to put a face & voice to the words you read almost every day. How else could the world have known what a character Praveen is and how difficult it is for Radhika to put up with him everyday. 😉
We all met at Sagar in Hammersmith (some VIPs were late, never mind) and to say the least, the food was really great! More than the food, the time we had together – talking topics of common interest, pulling each other’s legs was simply interesting. From the initial lukewarm response I got from the people, I never really thought that we would end up chatting at the restaurant for more than 3 hours. Later, we walked to nearby Ravenscourt Park and had an hour of chat. The fact that Renga, Guru & Subhashree weren’t able to find the Tube station on the way back despite being given proper directions could be put down to excitement of the event.
Since I, along with few others were late for the meet (didn’t I say that some VIPs were late?), they made me pay the bill – giving a different meaning to ‘dutch’. Well, thats a small price to pay for meeting these guys! 😉 As I type this at 2 am, I am munching a bite from the Chewda Mix that Jag got for all of us.
My special thanks to ‘Sambhar Mafia’ Kaps for introducing many UK based Indian bloggers and to many others who enquired through mail & SMS about the meet. Thank you guys for making it a day to remember.
Important: I heard that bloggers who attended the meet are consipiring to tarnish my reputation(?!) by claiming that I didn’t pick up the tab. They might even go to the extent of saying that they all contributed some £14 each. I could only wonder how they arrive at those imaginary figures, but I tell you, these guys are really good at spreading such blatant lies. In case they do, I am sure you know whom to believe.