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It almost 10 months, we all Delhi Bloggers have waited for an Indi meet and to make another appearance. The announcement of the BergerXP meet came but this was strictly invited base so I applied for the one and start waiting for the one. Finally received it and I was all set for the Indimeet on 26th February 2017.
Though the long distance till the venue really killed, Vivanta Taj at Dwarka sector 21, even by metro. As always I and Shwetabh tried to collaborate our routes and time to reach on same time, however due to the delay in metro service that day and then 2 unexpected halts in route I got late by almost 30mins in place of the desired time. When I reached the destination Dwarka sector 21, Shwetabh has already got the company of Saurabh and reached Vivanta. Hence, unaware with the distance I preferred to take the cab ride from the metro station to Vivanta. Once reached, after the security check I there were quite a few more meets there at Vivanta but helpdesk staff I was perfectly guided to my final destination. Where at first I meet Karthik and Saurabh gave me Indi pass and got registered. All were given the named badges, so I also got mine.
As I turned around Shwetabh and Saurabh were all set to get clicked and as like always, I photobombed their picture. Thereafter I asked Shwetabh and Saurabh to give me company for lunch, and both guided me to Alok Ji as he was also there and still having his food. During lunch met with few other know faces: Manjulika, Nimmi, Dr.Preeti, Gaurav, Dr.Mandira. However not to forget even though Vivanta is associated with the big name of Taj but the lunch, sorry to say it did not worth the name association at all. The taj authority really needs to look into this department on a serious note.
Once entered the ballroom and took our seats. There came all time favourite anchor of Indi none other the “Anoop”. He started the proceedings introducing oneself, few of the bloggers introduced themselves.
After the introduction, we all got involved in the activity mode and were given sealed envelopes. Inside each envelope, there were 5 strips having general info about various bloggers or their blogs. We had to find that person get the selfie clicked and also the slip signed. The time for this activity was given for merely 5mins. Everybody started moving frantically from table to table asking about the person or the blog. I could get only 4 strips signed. The lucky one to win this activity was Manjulika who got all 5 up in time.
Then came in Mr. Das from Berger Paints who told us all about the various concept of Express painting, where painters are trained on how to use the modern tools to save time in painting jobs at any location. As part of the express painting, an executive is assigned to look after the whole process of painting who will also be capable of giving an expense estimate so that customer can know how much the whole paint process will cost. The tiring hassle of moving furniture from one place to another and scrubbing dust of the sandpaper dust. These people are trained to take care of all that and rearrangement as well. Mr.Das also explained that they have the latest equipment to tackle all the common painting issues. He also mentioned that till date they have already trained over 21000 painters in their academies.
Meanwhile, Shwetabh was up and in action with his mischiefs at twitter. This time luck was on his side and he won a voucher for the “ Best tweet”.
After this it was time for the second activity, we were given the face masks, caps, gloves, sandpaper for the next activity. For the activity, teams were formed with 8 members in each team and we were given the white painted board which we had to scrub using sandpaper and make it smooth set time. Once the activity got started, it was all white dust. And we all team members were racing against the timer, it was not an easy task and we had to do it twice to make it smooth. Once all teams were done, we broke off for tea and break.
During the tea break my and Shwetabh’s all time “Tom & Jerry” fight was again back on the track. Once we all assembled again after tea, another activity originated. We all were given the basic demo class on how to mix and match the various strainers, base Berger paint, and water to get the required colors.
Then comes the activity were we all were given the theme and we had to make a painting based on that theme, our team got the theme of “Go Green” we all thought to create something related to the environment. Jhilmil took the charge of drawing the sketch while the rest of us all got down to experimenting with the colors to get the thickness and the color contrast. We had 30 mins for the whole task and I think we got it over well before the time.
Thereafter all the 6 teams were supposed to present their drawings and the idea behind it. We all gave our best. But when it comes to Indi activities, whether we win or not it’s more about having fun and we all enjoyed that. While the final result awaited, we were also given bit information about the various tools used by Berger to get the express painting done.
Finally, the result was announced and winning team walked away with vouchers but the fun did not end there. Then came the time for the mandatory group picture and finally we ended it with the “ Hud Hud” moment.
Overall this meet was something we all have been looking forward to since long..hoping for more Indi meets to come up soon.