Yesterday’s meet was super fun!
One big realization that dawned upon me yesterday: all of us bloggers are such talkative people that we don’t even care if we are meeting someone for the first time! All we need is an opportunity to talk, and we start off! Whether we have a place to sit, or are standing in the center of a busy McDs, or even out in the Delhi heat, searching for a CCD in CP! The talking continues non-stop!
Six of us eventually turned up for the meet. My original estimate of 5 had been pretty accurate actually, only there was one last minute addition directly from indiblogger! Lucky the guy had the sense to mail me his phone number too, so I could immediately call him up & confirm plans with him!
The 6 adventurers… Mukund, Parv, Nikita, Ajay, Prabhjot and, of course, me… were just too excited to meet each other! So much so, in fact, that Mukund, Parv and I reached the Inner Circle McDs 40 minutes early! LOL! The 2 guys coming from Noida and me from Patna, none of us had any idea about how long it would take to get there! And we didn’t want to be late… so we ended up being early! Then we figured since we had to wait for the others till 4.30, we might as well stand inside McDs, at least it would be air conditioned!
Once inside, we got so busy chatting up with each other, that none of us heard my phone ring! “5 missed calls” is what I saw displayed on the screen when I eventually sensed the vibration of my cell phone inside my jeans pocket! It was Ajay. He was looking for us outside McDs! Some more intros were in order. But even funnier was Nikita’s entry minutes later!
I am carrying my Patna number here on roaming… and strange though it may sound, but for me, receiving calls on roaming is more expensive than making calls. So I had requested everybody to just send me an SMS or give a missed call, and that I would call them back. Hence, I received Nikita’s missed call. At the same time, I turned around and saw a girl wearing a green top standing just 4 feet away from me. Her head was down and her face was curtained by her long hair, but she was fiddling with her cell phone.
Cell phone! Hmmm! I nudged at one of the guys standing with me, & asked if she might be Nikita. He had no idea. So we grinned idiotically at each other!
By then, the other 2 had also caught on with what was going on in our minds… but were equally clueless about whether this "green-top long-haired girl" was indeed the one we were waiting for! And obviously, none of us wanted to make a fool of ourselves by approaching the "wrong" girl! So all 4 of us grinned idiotically at each other!
I seriously love meeting strangers like this… blind “friends”??? It’s like unwrapping your birthday gift with anticipation about what you would find inside!
Anyway, I finally decided to call Nikita and see if the "green-top long-haired girl" would answer her phone at the same time. She did. She DID! Yayyy! :D Mystery solved. We found our fifth attendee! The last one, Prabhjot, followed 5 minutes later. He was easy to identify… again ‘coz of the cell phone!
I love modern technology too! :D
This was only the beginning of nonsense… a lot more followed, including our taking a full round of the Inner Circle in search of a CCD, just because we happened to take one wrong turn outside McDs! LOL! And also this 70-something uncle, who was listening to our nonsense at McDs, until suddenly, he apparently decided he’d had enough of it, and left, without even ordering anything there… only to come across the same 3 jokers again (Parv, Mukund, and me), along with 3 more this time (Ajay, Nikita & Prabhu), at CCD! The world is getting too small it seems! ;)
But I leave it to the rest of the gang, to share the other juicy stuff with you guys. And yes, we took some photographs too… Ajay and I had camera mobiles. Unfortunately, I remembered today morning that I haven’t brought the Installer CD for the cell phone’s software here, which transfers the stuff from the phone to the PC. My sister is going to try copying the pictures via Bluetooth when she comes back home from work today. If it works, then I’ll post the pics in my next post here. If not, then I guess you guys will have to wait till I get back to Patna. Unless, of course, Ajay finds time to upload the pics that he took.
Photographs have been uploaded here - "Bloggers' Meet - Photographs".
Also read what the other 'sankis' have written about the meet...
Nikita - "Jab We Met"
Mukund - "JAB WE (BLOGGERS) MET"
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