Tuesday, July 26, 2005

A lot can happen over a coffee!


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The much talked and discussed about Blogger's meet - one which was seen being planned, planned, talked about, talked about more and more without anything to show forth! - IT FINALLY HAPPENED! It was the 24th of July, Sunday. All gods seemed to be against getting some like-minded people together! It was raining cats, dogs, may be even pigs!! Naren had an important covert mission to fulfil, Raju was peacefully asleep - may be a bit too peaceful! Keshav was stuck in the rain. This was looking bad. I just rang up everyone for one final time half hour before the scheduled meet. To my surprise, everyone said "Be there in 30 mins" - as if to defy all the odds of nature (remember the cats, dogs and pigs??)

Keshav lived up to his billing as the most punctual and was the first to arrive. I followed closely and to beat the rain, we went inside coffee day and helped ourselves to an irish coffee each. Naren was the next to arrive - he seemed distracted. Every now and then he'd look at his mobile phone with a "Why is'nt it ringing?!" look. Raju was the last heroic entry. Even after being offered a pick up and drop, he HAD to come on his war-horse completely drenched in rain! Kudos to Raju!! He even did a jig for the dull coffee day audience! Value for money - not only for us, but for the entire coffee day as well! "Btw - that was for drying my pants" he said! :))

There was no hesitation on anyone's part trying to think what to talk now that we've got together! That's the benefit of a few like-minded people - instantly gelling together and letting loose all the talk of the town. These were people who had known each other for a long time - known each other through blogs. Seriously, it makes sense to draw a mental picture of people by the way they write, by the topics they write about, etc. And it was great to know that (at least for me), I was correct in deducing about these people. Discussions, debates galore.

"Why is F1 such a craze?! Is it really worth the money invested?!"

"What about football or any other sport for that matter?!"

"I could say the same thing about metal music!" (BTW - This was Raju!)

Raju was not having anything. "I'm not hungry and I hate coffee. If I've to have anything, it'd be just for the sake of having something". Yes dude, we all are in the same boat. We don't meet at coffee day to eat and drink the whole day, that's unless someone's earning way too much!! And, abt the coffee - I LOVE COFFEE!! Reluctantly he ordered a strawberry frappy, frappee, frappe - "shit! How do you pronounce this thing?!" he blurted out! Discussion off to a tangent - Some of the items in the menu - how the hell to pronounce them "properly". How to say "Mocha" - mocha or moCha - jeez, this is'nt getting any easier to type!! :)) The waiter is standing amused + dazed! He sheepishly reminds us of his persistent existance near the table. We're all brought back to the context of ordering Raju's strawberry frappe! "Strawberry juice - this is just juice - and they call it some tongue twisting name" Raju says and we all have a hearty laugh!

I'd got 4 jukebox coupons hoping everyone of us could play a song of their own choice. Since, both Keshav and Raju were not so keen on playing music, I helped myself to some of my favorite music :D. Poor people they had not anticipated that they'd have to go thru the running commentary along with the playing songs, giving details about the song, artistes and the significance of the songs :D. Then the ace photographer (read Srini :D) set up his camera timer to take a picture of the illustrious 4 who made it to the first blogger meet! (That has not been published for copyright reasons!)

Time flew by so fast, and the rain also had stopped pouring. It was almost 3 hours! Making a wise decision to avoid getting stuck in the late evening rain, we called it a day at 6:30PM. It was a great experience and all of us were of the feeling that we must do this often. And also, get more people to come to these meets.

So, the next blogger meet will happen soon!

14 comments:

  1. You shld have posted the pics...:)

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  2. hey man! you must make it next time...

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  3. hehe.. when i get to b'lore i'll look u up 4 sure man.. We've got Vindy anyway to guide me around...

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  4. Just make sure Srini hasnt drunk Irish Coffee that day when u happen to meet him.. Be careful.. he is known to loose his senses after drinking it!

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  5. @Naren... do u think, sreeni being drunk, was the reason for all those GYAN on heavy metal??!!! or is he like tat only???

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  6. Raju - why ask Naren?? I'm like that only! :P And yeah - watch out! You're my next target!!!! I'll get you listening to metal!!! Hahahahioheiheiehiahhahahhaa

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  7. I would have supported you Rajendra, but can't help! Have to get an MP3 from Srinivas!
    :P

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  8. @Raju and Keshav - Once you are with us, u will have to listen to and about and also talk abt metal somtime or the other.. hehe.. so no doubt u will also get addicted :P

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  9. Keshav - next time you'll surely get the pink floyd CD you wanted! (may be a bonus CD of my recommendations as well :P)
    *still thinking whether to charge a nominal fee for it*
    PS: Same message goes out to Raju also! :))

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  10. Gawd.. where the world has come to!!! People recommend things on their own and then charge for it too!!!!
    Bad!!
    :P

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  11. i know i did not make it this time...
    please inform me next time ..

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  12. Keshav - I meant the charge only for the Pink Floyd CD! My recommended bonus CD would be free ;-) (obviously man!)

    Girish - ya dude. More new ppl should make it next time!

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  13. I can read that u ppl had a blast... have fun guys!!!! and keep meeting :)

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  14. art - yeah - and it'd be great if you could make it sometime. you know, we'll be meeting regularly now :D

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