2 years..thats how long I waited for an Indi meet and to make another appearance. It was luck that this time I was in Delhi. Berger had been roaming around various cities and they finally came to Delhi to complete the final leg of the journey. Somebody from Indi called me up to confirm my coming, she must be someone new otherwise it’s a known fact that I don’t require confirmations if I say that I”ll come. I had to request a few friends and personally emotionally blackmail one to come. Without them, there is no fun for me.
On the D day, the distance really killed. Dwarka sector 21 is no small feat to cover, even by metro. We were 3 people who took it at different times - Me, Saurabh Chawla and Dipali. When I reached the destination, Saurabh was already waiting and we covered the hardly 500 m distance walking and chatting. Vivanta seemed to be the only place in the distance. There were quite a few more meets there but luckily the Info board came in handy. The 1st to meet us was Karthik. Feels good when you see someone after long. Then came Renie. This time Indi got hitech, gone were the registration laptops and in came the barcoded passes on the mail.
As we waited for the rest to come, we picked up our badges. As for the lunch, the less I say about it, the better. The taj guys really need to work on the F & B. The only thing worth was were the sweet dishes. The one face who seemed totally unrecognizable to me was Mr. Khanduja. He said hello to me and I kept staring at him with the expression, “He seems very familiar. I know him well. Is he… Ohho he is Mr. Khanduja”. His changed looks were the reason I failed to recognize him. Then came in the lot – Alok ji, Hemlata ji, Dipali, Manjulika, Dr. Preeti, Gaurav, Dr. Mandira.
When me and Saurabh decided to get our pic clicked, Dipali barged in and I was afraid that we both might get knocked out of the frame..but luckily we stayed within that.
After that we headed inside and took our seats. In came someone familiar..was it Anoop? Looked like it. Yep he was.
We started the proceddings with something which is now no longer used at Indi – introduce yourself. We now use a more advanced version of it but it was good to have something from so long ago. The intro was given by a 14 year old vblogger and then one more person.
We got into the activity mode and were given sealed envelopes. Inside them were 5 strips having general info about various people/or their blogs. We had to find that person and get it signed. The time allotted was just 5 mins. After that all hell broke loose as it always does at the activities. Everybody was frantically moving from table to table asking. The basic disadvantage of this was that there were a few strips but the person had not turned up at the meet but we could not do anything in that regard. I could get only 1 strip signed. The luckiest person was Manjulika who got all 5 up in record time.
My jaw literally dropped in awe … but luck hadn’t ran out from my side as in this meets. Its not over, until its over. We even sang “ Happy Birthday” to two of the bloggers who were to have their birthdays in the coming days.
Next came in Mr. Das from Berger Paints who told us all about the concept of Express painting. Something where painters are trained at the academies to paint using modern tools to save time in painting the houses at virtually at no extra cost. As part of express painting , an executive is assigned to look after the whole requirement of painting as well as give an expense estimate too so that we may know how much the whole paint job would cost. Tired of the hassle of moving furniture from one place to another in the sandpaper dust? These guys take care of that and cover the furniture with sheets, move the furniture, paint the walls and rearrange all the furniture back. They said that they have the latest equipment to tackle all the common painting issues while also devising new one. Berger said that they already have trained over 21000 painters at their academies.
While they was going on, I was already ready with my mischiefs at twitter. We were provided face masks, caps, gloves, sandpaper for the next activity and I tweeted this –
For the activity, teams were formed with 8 members each and we were provided a white painted board which we had to sandpaper and make it smooth against the timer. Once we got started, all it was all white dust. Racing against the timer, it was not an easy job and we had to do it another time to make it smooth again. The first movers disadvantage worked against us. With all teams done, we broke off for tea and the final break.
While at tea, Karthik came up to me and asked whether I wanted to let the world know that “ you are here” or let it remain under the radar ? With my penchant for craziness at these meets, he knew that I might say a yes and I was asked to give a soundbyte for berger. Well, nice for me to get some limelight all to myself. I spoke a bit about my blog, berger and how I was enjoying here ( which I majorarily do). All the while I was asked by Dr. Mandira to share the prize which I had won ( Really??? ). No chance I was going to do that. Once we assembled again after tea, the 2nd activity commenced.
We were given basic chemistry demo class on how to mix the various strainers, base berger paint and water to get the required colours for the painting competition which was to commence shortly.
There were boxes of 11 different strainer colours out there. We had got the theme of Go Green during the tea break and had thought to create something related to the environment. Jhilmil got down to drawing the sketch while the rest of us got down to experimenting with the rest of the colours to get the thickness consistency and the colour contrast.
At one stage we had 3 ladies colouring the drawing. We had 30 mins for the whole task and I think we got it all over with still some 4 mins. left.
We resumed the last leg of Indi when we had all 6 teams present their drawings and the general idea behind it. We gave it our best shot. Basically , win or no win, activities at Indi are always about having fun in the team and we enjoyed that. While the final scores were being calculated, we all were given info about the various tools employed by berger to get the express painting done quickly.
The winning team walked away with vouchers and it all ended there.
Then it was time for the mandatory group picture and we ended it with the “ Hud Hud”.
Something we all missed in the standard way was the number game for which Indi is famous for. That’s what happens when you have Indimeets in Delhi after so long that you forget some of the basic activities out there. The only thing which I missed from the bottom of my heart – Katrina Kaif. Had she been there too I would have not wanted anything more. Would have easily gieven away my winning voucher to Dr. Sahiba….but some dreams remain unfulfilled.
All in all, this meet was something we were all looking forward to and didn’t disappoint….all the while marking another attendance in my list of Indimeets.
To know more about Express Painting go here : Express Painting..
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