Sunday, October 09, 2005

October Bangalore Bloggers' Meet

Some fifteen odd Bangalore bloggers congregated at Infinitea on Cunningham Road on Saturday, October 8th for the Fourth Official BlogBang Meet. For the lowdown on the Third Official BlogBang Meet, see here.

The upper floor of Infinitea holds seven tables which can accomodate about 25 people, but when the venue was being chosen, none of us accounted for the non-Bangalore Blogger patrons of Infinitea. Suffice to say that when I arrived, I found six of my fellow bloggers huddled together around a table meant for four and the rest of the place packed.



The first to arrive was, of course, Eager Beaver Mandar, who sent me an SMS at, mark this, 4:29 pm to say he had arrived and was waiting! He was a full half-hour early, but did not bring a placard to identify himself despite exhortations to the contrary. So after wasting some time sitting by themselves, not knowing who the other bloggers were, etc. Pradeep Nair, Aditya, Surjo, KVK, Mandar and Swar found each other and contemplated various ways to encroach on the available real estate.

Right next to our table was a couple (a Knight in Shining Armor and his Lady Love) who must have thought they had a cozy corner of Inifinitea to themselves. Until the cozy corner was invaded by a noisy bunch of bloggers, that is. We gave them sidelong glances, trying to figure out what stage of the whole Infinitea experience they were in - the beginning, middle or end. They must have received the vibes we were sending over, because soon, the Knight asked for the bill. Unfortunately, however, our quest for more space wasn't going to end so easily or quickly. The Knight had trouble paying the bill because he only had a debit card and Inifinitea had trouble with their debit card swiping machine. So he went down to the billing counter to figure out an alternative leaving Lady Love alone, cornered and feeling antsy.


Finally, about 20 minutes later, during which time Ambar, Akash, Sunu, Veera, Arka, Anurag and Arvind had arrived, Lady Love wiggled out of her corner and made her way down. We promptly had the table cleared and joined that and one other table together. Just as we were settling down, we noticed a wallet on the sofa, found twelve claimants for it (all in good jest, of course), but upon closer examination of the wallet, found a picture of a younger Lady Love inside. We all looked around wildly for Lady Love, and thankfully found her Knight still at the billing counter downstairs. So we threw down the wallet to him (may be that solved his bill paying woes) and finally settled down to business.


What business you ask? Ordering tea, of which the choices were mind-numbingly complicated (at the end of one perusal of the menu, you actually need some tea to snap out of the befuddlement), introducing yourself and finding out who everyone else is, carrying on side conversations, and conversations across the entire length of the table from one corner to the other while a couple of others are trying to do the same on the other diagonal. Four of us finally settled for some Masala Chai (on Sunu's recommendation), Ambar got some green concoction (what was it Ambar?), Arka got some Darjeeling tea, and the guys at the other end of the table got a pot of tea which steadily got bitter as the seconds rolled by.




As the conversations were chugging along, Swar and Sunu left to catch a showing of Spirited Away, Pradeep and Anurag went back to work (or so they told us, may be they were getting the hell away from the rest of us as quickly as possible) and KVK and Mandar went out for a smoke. By this time, it was p-o-u-r-i-n-g.

I really don't know what's going on with Bangalore. Over the past few days, we've had downpours of the heaviest kind - the kind where the sky just opens and dumps rain. No drizzle to give you a hint that there may be rain on the way. No siree! Apparently, the clouds have no time to be polite.

Of course, every time it rains, the power has to go. The combination of hot tea, no fans/AC, and an over-crowded mezzanine floor was most unpleasant. Thankfully, the company was good.



For those who were not at the meet, these are the points to note:
  • the plan is to set aside a specific day of the month for furture meets. Henceforth, the Bangalore Bloggers' meets will take place on the second Saturday of every month;
  • venues will be decided during the week before the meet. The alternative is to pick a venue and stick to it for every meet. At least that way, we know what we're getting in terms of available space, etc.; and
  • everyone is excited about doing something as a group, and volunteering time at Akshara, in particular.
The meet finally broke up at 7 pm. With the skies still coming down in buckets, we all made our way down considering plans for the next meet.

Note: The bloggers for whom I don't have the links, please send them to me and I'll update the post. Thanks.

Crossposted on Everymanscity.

    12 comments:

    Ravi` said...

    Nice post, Sujatha. Hmmm..you guys are having a whale of a time in my city. At least, nanna former city! Do send those rains there over here, please! We need water and how! ;)

    Joey Tribbiani said...

    whew! good one..
    lets have it at some more spacious venue next time...

    rajeshwari said...
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    Anjali said...

    Sounds like you had a great time ... pity I missed it. I've managed to register with the group though - will be there next time!

    Dinesh said...

    I'll be there for the next meet..damn sure..have missed the 2 which happened(or atleast the 2 which I know of).

    Sujatha said...

    Ravi, wish we could send some over to you guys...

    Anjali, Bhaskar, Dinesh, looking forward to seeing you guys at the next one...

    Anshul said...

    Sujatha,nice to know about the bloggers meet and very well documented.

    Hope you guys are doing someting for the society and the down-trodden. Keep it up!!!

    Anshul

    Ambar said...

    The green stuff was BLUE Curacao :D

    sathish said...

    hey, whats this about registering with the group??

    jive said...

    hey, how do i know when the blore bloggers meet ? is there some registration process ?

    Sujatha said...

    Sathish and Jive, you can register on google groups. Bangalore Bloggers has a group set up there. Just go to google groups and search for Bangalore Bloggers and you can register there. Or just leave a comment on our Cola (collaborative blog) http://everymanscity.blogspot.com.

    Sunil said...

    Are you Bangalore Bloggers planning to arrange a boycott of the IT fair??

    Check out my blog at
    http://sunilpichamuthu.blogspot.com for a few ideas of what you can do!!

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