Pakoda Chai Se 5-Star Dinner and Wine Tak

Those were the days I remember when I attended the first every Indiblogger meet in Bangalore at a restaurant called Potluck Veg whose owner is a fellow Indiblogger Mr. BK Birla who was gracious enough to provide the space on his Restaurant’s Terrace and good enough to serve Hot Pakodas and Chai too for the 20 odd Indiblogger members who had gathered for the meet.  Yup! When we look back, it was 20 members who first started the trend of IndiMeets in Bangalore and on this day it reached to accommodate more than 250 Members in a meetup and at the venue is a Five Star Hotel like ITC Gardenia proudly sponsored by Nokia India.  I’ve created a short video on how this journey started and where we are today. Do check out till the end to cherish the lovely moments the bloggers had in different meetups happened over the years across the different places.

I am glad to be part of this meetup and event called NokiaAppTasting where foodies meet techies to explore the innovation and amazing applications created by Nokia.  The success mantra of these blogger meets is the amazing connection between the Indiblogger platform and the product companies which creates a win-win situation both for bloggers and brands. Bloggers gets exposure to their blogs, gets chance to show off their talents and topped with Amazing gifts from the sponsors.  Once such extra ordinary event was NokiaAppTasting which I attended in Bangalore on 11th Nov 2012 at ITC Gardenia , Bangalore. Amazing ambience, excellent music and hosted by two famous personalities Mr. Rajiv Makhni and a world famous check Mr. Vikas Khanna. Rajiv’s Wits combined with Vikas’ skills reached made the event reach to the skies on that day.  Below are the overview of the entire event.

Hope you enjoy reading the same. It was one of the excellent and amazing event and meetup I had attended till date.. Kudos to Nokia India and Indiblogger for providing bloggers such an opportunity and event.  Before the event start, bloggers who had registered for the event were asked to provide their app ideas which could turn into a real app for smartphones with the help and marketing from Nokia for those applications if they win in the contest at the end of the day.  Even, I had submitted couple of ideas and was hoping to win.

As usual with his excellent and lovely talk Anoop Zombie recharged the audience and introduced his indiblogger core team members without them, this event wouldn’t have seen the light. He made entire audience to clap, dance and brought them to lively condition. Then gave the stage to Nokia’s top officials and followed by two lovely hosts/anchors who were the Pilots of the entire journey through the amazing evening. One was Awesome and witty Tech Guru at NDTV Mr. Rajiv Makhni and Another was a women’s hearthrob and skillful world famous chef Vikas Khanna.  Their introduction about themselves and about the event was one of the best and entertaining. These two made people fall in the love with their Phones and almost made them kiss their phones to show their love towards their phones and smartphones.

To begin with some excellent introduction sessions of the IndiBlogger members who explained why they blog and what keeps them ticking in the blogging world.  Lot of well known and new indibloggers got chance to introduce themselves on stage which was good to hear their experiences.  There were some stalkers (they call themselves) for Vikas who were die hard fans of him who flew all the way from Mumbai and other places. There was a lovely introduction from an 10 year old blogger too who won prize for his innocent talk.  There was one farmer blogger from Tirunelveli who had all the way from TN and stayed for 2 days in Bangalore to attend this blogger meet. It was so good to see and meet enthusiastic bloggers from across India.  There were couple of famous bloggers from Bangalore got introduced for whom there was a huge cheer and loud noise came from Audience end. And there was this Guy called Tiger who earned 4 girlfriends and a Wife via his blogs itself. Interesting right ?? Though the hosts are famous celebrities, they never acted like one and was so close and friendly to the bloggers which made them genius among the hosts and there were no nervousness for the people who came on the stage. They were totally cool and audience were totally live and enjoying each and every moment of Nokia App Tasting. Rajiv called up Old age bloggers too on stage and it was great to hear about their blog and experiences too. One good thing about these introductions were, the bloggers got too many gifts and goodies too while in process.  And who can forget the lovely starters and wine provided during entire event. Appsolutely Amazing. Kudos to Nokia 🙂

In between, Rajiv demonstrated some lovely apps created by Nokia for Symbian and Windows mobiles. With the help of Vikas and some audience members, Rajiv created a lovely Charlie Chaplin kinda movie with the help of an excellent application available on Nokia Pureview 808 which can create any latest or new video into a 1920’s Charlie Chaplin kind of movie and entire thing did in just 20 seconds which was amazing and fun. After this, Rajiv demonstrated the Nokia City Lens application on big screen on how amazing you can find the places of interest around you just by tilting your smartphone towards the directions and angles you are interested.  Rajiv also demonstrated an app which works as a breath analyzer and checked on couple of bloggers who were drunk at the event and the app helped checking the alcohol level which they have consumed and whether they are eligible to drive back home or not. Rajiv also demonstrated an app called Magic mirror app using which a person’s style and look can be changed using his picture and check out how good he/she will look with that makeover. And there was a contest organized for Audience too who had to click 3 pictures based on the scenario/clue which Rajiv gives, bloggers went on and tried to click the pictures by the clues provided and one blogger who really understood the clues got a chance to win a Lumia 800 too.

Vikas was no less than Rajiv, he kept the audience entertained and busy with his cooking skills and helped some bloggers with the cooking tips and some competition in cooking too which earned some bloggers with amazing Nokia Lumia phones too.  Vikas gave some nice tips on how to cut an onion to some bloggers on stage.  No one ever imagined on that day that an onion can earn them a Nokia Lumia 800 phone when the luck strikes, that’s what happened to a blogger girl. And there were some more cooking and games organized by Rajiv which helped bloggers to win couple more phones. On a whole, it was raining Phones and gifts at Nokia App Tasting event. Vikas too demonstrated some of an excellent applications related to cooking.

Likewise, the evening went on and on with amazing competitions, prizes etc., to the bloggers which made their day . All thanks to Nokia India for sponsoring those prizes. In between all these, one unforgettable event was the Gangnam style danced by Foodies and Techies which was appsolutely Amazing. Check out the videos posted here for the dances. Thanks to TonyJohn for uploading before me. And more amazing thing is Rajiv and Vikas too participated in the dance sessions and it was appsolutely amazing to watch. Do check out yourself here. It was so fun too watch the funny dances choreographed by techies and foodies.

Final stage of the event was the Winners selection for the best ideas submitted. They set it up like a reality show and 5 candidates ideas were shortlisted from the ideas submitted at the start of the event. Out of which luckily my idea too got was shortlisted and it was fun to attend that session. Unfortunately my idea couldn’t win but I was happy that out of 200+ entries there, my idea was shortlisted there. Out of 5, there was a winner and a runner-up who got Nokia Lumia 900 phones as their prices.  One sad thing was the prizes were given away to not so original application ideas. But, that’s all the part and parcel of the competitions, no regrets there.  BTW, if you guys have any ideas which can be an amazing app, go and submit your ideas here at http://Yourwishismyapp.com , who knows you might win an amazing Nokia Lumia 920 Smartphone too. Its a contest opened by Nokia India and participate as soon as possible to win.

With that the show was over and everyone was allowed to have dinner and I must say, dinner was excellent and we enjoyed a lot, could network with lot of old friends and new ones too during the dinner time.

On an whole, the entire evening was totally fun and I was live tweeting the entire event with the help of hashtag #NokiaAppTasting . You can go and read out my tweets too which I sent from the event.  As I tweeted, Rajiv with his wits, Vikas with his skills rocked #NokiaApptasting event to the skies .  When a product company meets a online community that’s when happens an extravagant event like #NokiaApptasting . Rajiv and Vikas has such a good chemistry on the stage, no one else not even bollywood’s sexy chicks could have created so much fun and brought entertainment to the event. Nokia India did a best job in bringing them to host the event.

Below are some of the event pictures which I could capture.  BTW, I’m glad that am one of the top 3 tweeter of the event and here is the infographics prepared by an indiblogger Mukesh Rijhwani.

Thanks for reading the long post and leave any comments if you have.

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GulPanag Bangalore Tweetup

It was great to meet the Gorgeous @GulPanag in Bangalore. Thanks to @NakulShenoy for organising the tweetup. Gul is literally down to earth and she made sure we are not talking with a Celebrity. The guys who were part of Tweetup was @msigeek , @uma_kanth, @vinaykashy, @vivekrp and his colleague , finally @tsuvik . Nice meeting all these chaps too. Took some pics below while at tweetup. Pardon the poor quality.

Indiblogger / KingFisher m(tw)eetup / 21st Feb 2010

Indiblogger / KingFisher m(tw)eetup / 21st Feb 2010

It was m(tw)eetup time again for me with blogger and tweeters at Indiblogger / KF sponsored event at Kyra theatre, Indiranagar on 21st Feb 2010.

More details about the event is here: http://www.indiblogger.in/bloggermeet.php?id=68

There were around 150 people who had registered for the event and approximately around 100 blogger/microbloggers attended the meetup.

Event started with a funny (spoofed) video of Hitler who wanted to attend ‘Indiblogger/KF meetup’ Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEErv1rICqo . Everyone laughed their heart(a$$) out for this excellent video.

It was absolutely great to meet most/all of them. Frankly, could not meet all of them as time was short and people were more, nevertheless it was really nice to hear excellent experiences from different bloggers about their blog, their life etc., in 30 secs of fame where everyone introduced about themselves. Beer was served for all and beer guzzlers were very happy. Its bit sad that KF/Indiblogger didn’t worried about teetotalers, nevertheless, It was a great fun meeting lot of people and I’m not complaining. Hopefully, KF/Indiblogger will address this next time. Then came a nice experience of meeting the bloggers in person. KF/Indiblogger came up with an nice idea of comments on drawing sheet. They gave the drawing sheets to everyone with a thread tied to it, the guys has to hang it over their neck and meet all the bloggers out there and get comments on that drawing sheet. People enjoyed writing nice comments / Nasty comments too on each others back. It was a nice fun and got a good chance to meet many people, however as I said time was really short and couldn’t catch up with more people and also since meeting many people for the first time, it was really tough to remember the names and blogs of them, so hopefully everyone Indiblogger team who took attendance of the attendees, will put the names at one place of all the people who had attended the event and that would be of great help. Anyhow I could make note of all the persons details (their name, blogname) so that I can put a comment on their blog and further continue communicating with them through their blog or twitter id. There was couple of gifts too for the two people who got more comments on their sheets. Two guys won the T-Shirt for 27 and 24 comments on their sheets. I got 15 comments, I met many but didn’t take comments from all, else I could have won a T-Shirt from Indiblogger. Well, past is past.. can’t complain.

I met many people from my last Indiblogger meetup at Potluck Restaurant and it was nice seeing them again in this meet. I could see and hear lot of great experiences from excellent bloggers/ SEO experts in that room and I’m no where in front of them in blogging scene. Hopefully, I’ll show more interest in blogging and will continue to blog like them .. I was really thrilled to hear when Raghava Sathish says he earns very good income through his blogs/SEO being visually impaired and he is a true motivator for me. Money is not the main motivator here for me, but the enthusiasm which he has for blogging/SEO. He is running his life through his blogs. This one man himself was a great inspirer for many bloggers out there to go out and write in their blogs. Then, came Q&A session where lot of lovely questions were asked and may experienced bloggers gave their valuable answers and suggestions which was really helpful for newbie bloggers and everyone too. Almost everyone wanted to talk, interact and discuss.. but time was the main concern as we had to pack up exact at 6 PM since Kyra is the busiest place in Indiranagar and they had different appointments lined up for the hall.. Overall, it was a great time spent at Indiblogger/KF meet and I will remember it in future. Personal thanks to Renie Revin, Anoop Zombie, Karthik DR, entire Indiblogger team, KF team and KyraBLR. I wish to attend many more m(tw)eetups like this in future too.

Uploaded the pictures taken by me here http://www.flickr.com/photos/23308616@N03/sets/72157623360388655/ and below are couple of videos taken at the event. Hopefully you guys like it. Forget the clarity of the pictures

If anyone would like to get in touch with me, email me at Rajashekar.s@gmail.com or add me to your twitter list , @rajashekars is my twitter handle and follow me, just say hi with a quote #indiblr and I’ll follow you back. I’m a very active twitterer and I’d love to keep in touch with you all.

Introduction of some bloggers


http://www.youtube.com/v/UbpLqtPbNSs&hl=en&fs=1

Comments on Drawing Sheets

http://www.youtube.com/v/BwZmGM17XSQ&hl=en&fs=1

For live tweets about this event , search for #indiblr hashtag on www.twitter.com



Kingfisher Ultra Beer Tweetup on 16th Jan 2010

Kingfisher Ultra Beer Tweetup on 16th Jan 2010

Yesterday attended KF Ultra beer tweetup (details here: http://twtvite.com/kvj1gk). #kfultra hashtag on twitter, it was almost a most trending topic yesterday on twitter) The meet was arranged at Urban Edge / NYK’s. This was organized by @kingfisherworld. This was first time attending this kind of meet with drinkers me being a non-drinker 🙂 (ofc, there were some others too). @kingfisherworld was nice enough to get us mocktails and cold drinks for non-drinkers. Nice veg startes like baby corn manchurian, panner manchurian, peanut masala, non-veg starters etc., were tasting too good too. I had totally a rocking time yesterday with people from different background. Even though all of them/most of them were drinkers, they were well behaved and I kind of not left out. Thankfully there were non-drinkers too which kept me busy talking to them too. KF hosts Adi and Sambhav were good at hosting the party and lot of fun contests too (like beer guzzling contest, Movie contest and music contests) where some lucky guys won themselves a good bag with 5 DVD’s in each bag. For beer guzzling contest, they had to chose 5 people for the competition, the ones who tweets this sentence “#KFultra beer guzzling” 5 times would be eligible for the contest, I mis-understood the contest and tweeted 5 times using my Blackberry very fastly by doing copy-paste 🙂 in each tweet and funny part I got selected for the contest, I was like, WTF, I’m not selected for gift and only for selection for the contest, I being non-drinker. Then I nominated @iwannaquitmyjob to drink on behalf of me and he agreed to give the gift to me, but unfortunately he came 2nd in ‘beer guzzling’ contest. It was fun. We (team of five members, myself, @vasudhara, @prat3Ek, @normaltusker and @vasudhara’s friend ) came 2nd in movie contest too and came last in Music contest too. So we didn’t win anything.. Well, moreover the gifts, it was the good times which mattered and we loved it. There was some nice music in background which was played in background which was a absolute party mode. I think it was the most remembered day for most drinkers where they drunk lot of beer non-stop and beer was unlimited FREE from @kingfisherworld. Those who love beer really missed this party. Finally at 9:45 PM, I had to start back to home after spending nice time at #KFULTRA tweetup. I would love to join the meet again in future too :). Regarding the tweeters, I couldn’t recollect all the names who were there, but there are some twitter handles whom I remember who are @dhempe, @fossiloflife,@anishken,@asfaq,@ashwinsid,@brandbull,@dkris, @clemenza, @fartingpen, @ganeshkn, @iwannaquitmyjob, @kingfisherworld, @sambhav, @adisez, @naveen_ookull, @pranxter, @prat3Ek, @psam, @rmenn, @sidh256, @twahul, @vasudhara, @daaku and ofc me @rajashekars. All the above if you want to follow me, my handle is @rajashekars. Special Thanks to @kingfisherworld for being such a nice hosts in this tweetup.

Below are some pictures taken by me at the event. Enjoy ! Kingfisher is absolutely ‘King of good times’

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23308616@N03/sets/72157623227369646/


Pictures taken by @kingfisherworld team:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kingfisherworld/sets/72157623107933959

Couple of Short Videos

Kingfisher Ultra Beer Guzzling contest

http://www.youtube.com/v/z55GIur85oQ&hl=en&fs=1

Kingfisher Ultra Movie contest

http://www.youtube.com/v/gEyKDgiz_Ug&hl=en&fs=1