Excitement, exhilaration, ecstasy, exultation, enthusiasm, eagerness- a wave, full of all such feelings surged my heart as soon as I visited the Indiblogger home page to see the announcement of the much expected Kolkata Meet in association with #BergerXP on 12th of September, Sunday.
Of late, a number of Indimeets have been arranged in different cities and every time I screamed looking at my computer screen,”Why not in Kolkata? Whyyyy notttt?”. So, when it actually was about to happen, the Berger Express Painting Indiblogger Meet, my happiness knew no bounds. I was among the first 20 bloggers to register for this coveted event.
I reached 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time at the Oberoi Grand Hotel and was elated to see some know faces from the Indiblogger crew. A few minutes later, another blogger arrived. Just one glance and I took no time getting her; “Purba?”. She too at once recognized me and we were elated to see each other. Purba is an exceptionally talented young blogger and a successful author. I reviewed one of her books, “Hidden Letters” and since then I was eager to meet her. The most striking fact about her is, other people have become a blogger first and then an author. In her case, the scenario is just the opposite, she is an author turned blogger.
The main event started with Anoop from the Indiblogger team welcoming us. He hosted the program wonderfully and made us almost feel like dancing with a ‘hurrr hurrr’ (No, dabnagg dabangg didn’t follow). That boosted up the spirit of the meet and helped to overcome the initial hesitance.
The “knowing each other” session was a colourful one (and why not when one of the organizers is a paint company whose history traces back to the 18th century) as so many bloggers from different corners of the City of Joy exchanged views on blogging. It was a great experience to listen to the words of veteran and eminent bloggers like Rangan Datta, Samyabrata, Anindya and many others. I was taken aback by the talent exhibited by a few bloggers as young as only sixteen. That blogging has successfully paved its way in the minds of today’s millennials and, that they have the perseverance to make it big, really made me proud as a blogger. Each blog has a story and, each story is unique. When you hear the story from the blogger himself, it surely lifts the mood.
After this session, Berger wonderfully presented their cutting-edge technology of Express painting, a faster, cleaner, better method to make your house a dazzling one. I came to know of some simple tools like Sander, Mixer (not the cooking one) which could surely make the painting process hassle free and easier.
The fun began when we were divided into 10 teams to perform some activities. Precisely, there were two, one was sanding a board in the shortest possible time and, the second one was painting a picture in 30 minutes, highlighting a social issue. Our team, “Calcutta Palette” finished the ‘sanding’ task in just 21 seconds! Each team had its own name, but the most innovative and naughty one was Team “Alpha Q”. Say it quickly to get the meaning, but make sure you’re alone in the room.
Our team chose one of the most controversial issues of our society, female foeticide. Sourav, a talented member of our team, was bestowed the responsibility of executing the idea. He did it wonderfully and, our team was declared the winner for this event. The reminiscence of that moment of ecstasy when the name of “Calcutta Palette” was declared as the winner would be there in my mind for long. What mattered more than the winning, was the team spirit. Each member of the winning team received a Sony Bluetooth speaker! It was really the icing on the cake.
There were some more prizes for the best tweets and, best pictures of the day. Also, everybody received goodie bags from #BergerXP.
It is said, every good thing comes to an end. And, so also the fun-filled ecstatic evening ended as we headed to the dining hall to help ourselves with dozens of scrumptious dishes. After all, eating is what makes everyone happy.
Someone asked me a few months back, “what’s the purpose of blogging?” Yes, I cited different reasons. But last Saturday, perhaps I got a few more reasons to add to my answer. Blogging is also the joy of meeting so many unknown faces and to befriend them in a span of few hours, blogging is recognizing a person by her/his blog name and even calling by that name! Blogging is meeting a group of talented people and learning from their experience and work. Blogging is making bubbles of happiness rising headily upwards. Blogging is friendship.
Thanks to Indiblogger and Berger Paints for making the evening a memorable one. #BergerXP has painted our hearts in the same impeccable way they paint houses with vivid colours.