September 2, 2005

bloggers park, and pay

i had always wondered about the practicality of a blog meeting.
the point of having a blog was (well, according to me), to leave the reader faceless; and to not know the person behind my favourite blog.

so when praveen told me about the blog meet in london i initially hesitated. but only for a second or two. because then i remembered i was in london, and so were the others. apart from the fact that we all had blogs or journals, we were all pardesis in this country. i am glad i didn’t miss being there.

it was a harmless get-together over lunch at an indian restaurant. not – like neha mentioned what was the agenda at a the blog meet she attended in mumbai – a frightfully serious discussion about ‘the future of blogging'(!?). (though i do agree there is a bright future, don’t ask me what right now, i’m working on it!) besides, most of us shared the opinion that before we met, we all had a different idea of how the other person looked. yet when a blogger walked in, we were somewhat able to guess his or her name and/or blog.

it is very rare that i meet a person for the first time and start chatting rightaway (full points for neha to guess that i’m more of the listener type, rather i pretend to be one very well ;-); and so i was looking at and listening to everyone chatting with each other, and answering questions put to me, enjoying every moment of the strange togetherness of new people over dosas and lovely (really southindian) filter coffee…

i have also been secretly indulging in the sympathy most of them expressed towards me after their 30 minutes with praveen (“really radhika, how do you put up with him!?”πŸ™‚ well, it feels good to see someone else harassed for a change, considering the fact that – having lived with him for almost four years now – he only gets worse with time! on the other hand, and ahem, speaking from the heart, i am so used to the endless chatter during the day (except, thank god for office hours) and the snoring during the night, that if he is quiet even for a moment i have to go check if something’s wrong! and, here’s the deal: a free home-cooked treat for anyone who gets angry with him, and stays angry for a full two five minutes! jag, chakra, any takers? πŸ˜‰

the trip to the park was a nice end to the evening. i couldn’t help observe that with a big group of desis, you can feel at home even in the heart of london. anand too said it felt like bangalore, though i think he was referring to the warm sunlit roads and general atmosphere of the area.

back to the blog meet, thanks everyone for making it happen, especially chakra. err…if everyone is done settling their accounts with him that is πŸ˜‰


  • radhika said:

    this should be fun πŸ˜€

  • Chakra said:

    I’ll also take up that 5 min challenge..
    Glad you enjoyed the day!

  • Subhashree said:

    Radhika, I can imagine your plight. I think its rather difficult to get angry with Praveen and stay angry for five full minutes. He is a like a bundle of jokes and I’m a sucker for humour. So, sorry howmuchever your offer is enticing, I’d skip the home-cooked meal part.

  • radhika said:

    hi subhashree πŸ™‚

    “…howmuchever your offer is enticing, I’d skip the home-cooked meal part.”

    well, that was the idea πŸ˜€
    well, deal or no deal, hope to see you soon with sriram and guru πŸ™‚

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