Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Indiblogger— we blog, therefore we are!!

Indiblogger on my t shirt
Day before yesterday was one of the best days of my stay here in Chennai..Had a Blogger’s meet here in namma Chennai..It was the first time I was attending a bloggers meet..That too when it was in Chennai itself so I didn’t want to miss it..Met so many friends whom previously I knew only virtually i.e. via blogs only..But I know them personally..Made some really great friends..
HYATT entrance
The day began with me searching out the HYATT in Chennai..I knew the approximate area where it was but had never visited it before..It was grand from the outside but from the inside it was an out of the world experience..I loved the HYATT..It was so beautifully decorated plus the interiors were superb..Now entering the mini auditorium where the meet was held, I could see a plethora of bloggers waiting there for the program to start..I registered myself via my mail id and got myself stamped on the hand and there I was, a part and parcel of the function to be held..
The agenda was simple and clear cut..We started with the basic introductions and that’s how we came to know more and more people..People ranging from guys, gals to elderly people to working people to students like me..It was so good to see people who had similar thought processes like mine..Everyone loved to talk, talk, talk and only talk..It was so like me..
Indiblogger Stamp
We were given the detailing of the TATA GRANDE DICOR, the chief sponsors of the gala event..We were given a discount for people (read: bloggers) who wanted to buy the SUV..The SUV was really an animal as was aptly said by them..It looked wonderful both from the outside and the inside and after reading the specifications of the SUV I was completely and totally fida on it..
By the time we were asked to head out for high tea I had already made loads of friends and even won a laptop skin..The gifts distributed were so random and did not demand much of you..On one thing I was completely wrong before going to the event..I had totally underestimated the term HIGH TEA..I never knew high tea provided by the HYATT would prove to be one of the best lunches that I ever had..Although there were no regular lunch items and all were snacks and starters only but these were so tasty and mouth watering that I had to fill mu tummy up with them..I had loads of free food, as I term it..
Then heading back to the mini auditorium many people were given gifts whoever posted some really good pics of the events on twitter..Many people won Headphones and many won Swiss-knives..After this we were given a presentation by a theater group, Strayfactory, who had converted some 15 blog posts into a play and which is soon to be turned into a feature film..They were talking about the play which was called Bloglogues..
Then came the best part of the evening when we all were handed over a big white sheet and sketch pens to move around and talk to people and meet then and ask them to write their blog id’s and names so that we could visit them asap..They could even write anything they felt like writing on those sheets..Many gifts were there for the wackiest line written on any sheet..Many won prizes in that..After this we were divided into large groups where we could sit and discuss..I group was discussing about how to design their blog better, one group was talking about ‘I Love Chennai’, one group was talking about travel and cars and finally my group which was playing Truth and Dare..It was real fun..
The t shirt on my back
After this we headed over for group photographs and then we moved towards collecting our free t shirts and then we said good bye to friends and promised to meet new ones on blogs and promised to keep in touch with the old ones..
All in all the day was very well spent and all thanks to Indiblogger and TATA Grande Dicor..

Jaishree Ram,

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Array Poochne mein kya jaata hai……………..??

I guess each one of u must have already seen the Tata Sky ad in which the two guys debate over the topic , “Poochne mein kya jaat hai??”
I have personally always followed this in real life and have had the benefit of it always..There is no harm in asking..The person u are asking may or may not know the answer or he/she may at all not be of any help but that is the later part of the game..What if he/she knows and what if he/she is able to help u out!!Its better to ask and then get an answer as NO rather than not asking and bearing the brunt oneself..
A recent incident happened to me..I went out shopping before the Durga Pooja last Sunday..I had to buy a new pair of shoes as my previous Westsport shoes had torn off from the from..I was really sad about them as I really loved that pair and didn’t want to throw them away..But they had become a social disaster so finally I had to buy..I went out to Big Bazaar, one of the premier most shopping malls of our country who proclaim to be giving goods at really cheap rates..So there I was at big bazaar and I bought a really nice pair of Lotto shoes..Black in color..A shoe that I had always envied in my friend Aditya Sharma..Now I had finally bought them..So I was really happy..
Next I felt like getting some t shirts so entered Westside..While going through the t shirts I came by their customer care service..I thought of going in and asking them whether there was any way they could repair my shoe but I was hesitant and was thinking that I might make a complete fool out of myself in front of the people there..But right then this Tata sky ad started reeling in my mind and without thinking for even a sec I entered the cabin..A beautiful young lady greeted me and wished my good morning and offered her assistance..I told her my full problem and asked whether they could get it repaired..She asked me whether I was a member of Westside to which I answered in the affirmative..Then without a pause she said the most soothing words to my ear, “Sir, U don’t have to get it repaired, we’ll exchange them for a pair of new ones!! ”..I was ecstatic but still to reassure myself and make it very clear to her I said that the guarantee period was over long back as the guarantee period was of one month and the shoes were almost 6-7 months old..She said that it was not a problem and she would get them replaced..She called a person from the shoes department and gave him my torn off shoes and asked him to get a new pair of the same which he got in a jiffy..I asked them to get a size bigger as I was expecting that may be my feet size had increased and that caused the show to tear off..They complied and in a matter of seconds I came out of their shop with a brand new shoe without having to pay and single buck..
Sitting outside and going reminiscent I pondered over the fact that had I not gone in the shop, had I not told them my problem then I still would be wearing those torn shoes and carrying the new black Lotto shows but instead now I am carrying two brand new shoes..
Thanks to the Tata sky ad which reminded me of this small principle which my dad had taught me in the very childhood, “there is no harm in asking” to which my mom had added, “you don’t get belittled when you ask”..Thank you Tata sky and thank you Westside, which is also a Tata brand, for doing something that I had not expected you to do..This incident just proved my strong belief in Tata, its sister concerns and all its products..
Thank you Westside..!!

Jaishree Ram,