Hyderabad Indi Bloggers Meet - June 2012

The Hyderabad Indibloggers meet was held at CCD Lounge, Road No 12, Banjara Hills, on Sunday, June 17, 2012. In attendance were bloggers from Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Cyberabad and nearby areas, such as Chennai. The meeting was organized and announced by Indiblogger, the premier networking platform for bloggers in India and nearby areas such as Hamilton, New Zealand.


Here’s what happened. The last time Indiblogger had a meeting in Hyderabad was in 2010. With exciting and educational meetings being held in other cities, one would frequently see threads on the forum wishing there was an Indi meeting held in the city again. Halfway through summer 2012, a meet was finally announced on Indiblogger. Though it was conceived as a small gathering (in numbers, not spirit), the last minute saw some of the attendees dropping out due to personal emergencies, some due perhaps to the torrential rain that began just around when people would have been leaving for the meeting.

This was the first official bloggers meet that I went for, and it was fun putting names and faces to blogs that I admired. The first to arrive (and the only ones to be at the venue at the announced start time) were Gardener At 60 and Tilling The Earthwoman. Crack The Sky and Subho’s Jejune Diet landed up next, followed by Restless Fingers. By this time, the rain had worsened, so Campus To Life (a.k.a Cool PC Tips) and The Gaming Garage walked in, looking like large fluffy creatures with spiky hair and wet clothes. The organizer, Gautam (originally from the other city of Nawabs), was next, and by this time, the others had already familiarized themselves with each other. Later, Oh, I Juggle! and some of what Oh I juggle juggles joined us.


Once the whole group was in and introductions rendered unnecessary, the bloggers got down to looking at what they needed to do going forward. The one common thread that held all the attendees together was concern for the way we were headed as a society and how social media and writing on the internet could be used to counter the harmful trends and strengthen positive thinking among people.

The organizer quietly and gently helped the group evolve an agenda and plan of action. It was decided that a larger and more focused gathering of bloggers and social activists be planned to be held in about two months’ time. Ideas were thrown up and the discussion was lively and animated. The coming together of creative writers like Restless Fingers and Oh I Juggle with environmentalists like Gardener at 60 and Tilling the Earthwoman and technology authorities like Cool PC Tips and Gaming Garage resulted in an engaging and practical agenda being drawn up for the future.


While it was a pity that many of those who dot the vibrant blogging horizons of Hyderabad were not able to be present for the meeting, the small gathering made it really special with everyone being able to bond on a personal level. Everyone expressed their thankfulness to the organizer and the Indiblogger network for making such a meeting possible. Even after “business” had been concluded, several of the attendees hung around, sharing ideas and comparing notes about what works and what doesn’t work in the marriage of technology and creativity that blogging is all about.


For those who were unable to make it, don’t feel bad; there were no freebies or T-shirt giveaways, contests or glitzy prizes, there were no live-tweets or TV cameras, and there were no great presentations that would make you a sexier or wiser blogger. What you did miss however, was the warmth and the caring, the love and the laughter, and the genuine spirit of kinship, empathy and determination that the meeting left us all with. The good news – keep your eyes and ears open as things shape up - there is more of it where it came from, and we hope you will all join us as we tap into the richness of our common well.

It was late, dark and still pouring when we finally (and almost reluctantly ) said our goodbyes and headed out. As I sped through the flowing rivers that the streets of Banjara Hills had turned into, squinting into the rain and bracing against the cold breeze on my already drenched body, I wondered about how all of us with our differing journeys had been pulled together, and how everything was ultimately connected to one great purpose. It made me see how it didn’t really matter what you called that purpose. Like everyone else who was part of the wonderful evening, I too was headed home in a much deeper sense.

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You may also want to read posts on this event by others who were there. And in case you come across a post on this event that is not listed here, please leave a link in the comments.

1. Gardener at 60's post over at Pattu's Terrace Garden.
2. Sandeep's post over at Crack The Sky, Serendipity in a Coffeehouse.
3. Divenita's post over at Restless Fingers.
4. Bhavanas post over at Tilling The Earthwoman.
5. OIJuggle's post over at Oh, I Juggle!
6. Sampath's post over at Gaming Garage

50 comments:

  1. Must have been an amazing experience. I wish I could attend such a meet too..

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    1. It was a lot of fun. There was a gentleman sitting by himself in one corner trying to read a book. After a while, given the laughter and excited discussions at our table, he gave up, and tuned in to our conversations instead. I have a feeling he will soon take to blogging. It would be great to have you for our next meeting. Do look out for it and see if you can make it.

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  2. Very interesting! Personally haven't been to any Indiblogger meets this far. Large gatherings scare me, and this homely one was more of my type. Sadly, I am in Bangalore. Hopefully, they will hold one here soon!

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    1. I hope they have one at Bangalore soon. You can actually initiate it yourself from the Meets page on Indiblogger.

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    2. You are welcome to to our next meet Rachna!

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    3. Thank you gardernerat60. If I am in Hyderabad, I will surely join you guys

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  3. Just reached Chennai!!! What a lovely meet it was! Enjoyed it every bit. You got that right: "What you did miss however, was the warmth and the caring, the love and the laughter, and the genuine spirit of kinship, empathy and determination that the meeting left us all with." I feel so close to Hyderabad bloggers now:) and can't wait to return for your next big event!

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    1. It was really nice of you to take time out and join us for the meeting, Bhavana. Maybe a whole contingent from Chennai behind you the next time around?

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  4. I have linked your page in my post, hope it is ok?

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  5. Ok. Updated my post with your link as revenge.

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    1. No copy right in Islam.The pleasure of learning is one of the essential pleasures of the human race . "Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim (male and female)." (Hadith).

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  6. I'm glad you all had a great time. :) I missed out on this great opportunity as I had to drop out in the last minute. Anyway, I hope to make up for it the next time :)

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    1. Harsha, we missed you (and yours) too. You have to be there with your camera and notebook the next time around.

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    1. I am yet to get a hang of the threaded comments thing on my own blog. Talk about being technologically disabled!

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  8. coming here from Pattu's blog. pictures were not clear there :D. you guys had a lot of fun, eh? i am quite enjoying these 'Hyderabad bloggers meet' posts :)

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    1. It was a great time indeed. Wish you were also able to join us. Think about it.

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  9. That guy holding a kid is me :D It was an awesome experience :)

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    1. Top blogger mentoring future blogger..:)

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    2. Satish, Welcome to SJD. It was a great moment with you and the little one together. Thanks to our Gaming Garage cameraman, Sampath, for capturing this moment so beautifully.

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    3. Thanks for giving a chance on my Photography :D
      It was fun really loved your writeup :)

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  10. :( Sad that I missed it!! Oh well -- Hope there's gonna be more soon!

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    1. we missed you too, debdatta. look forward to connecting with you the next time around.

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  11. wow you guys sure had a great time!

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    1. it was as if we had known each for ages right from the word go.

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  12. All the pics look awesome, I am sure it was an enriching experience for everyone. Would love to attend a blogger's meet in Bangalore. :)

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    1. it was the people in the pics that made it awesome, akki. i hope you are able to meet soon in bangalore, or else, keep your dates free so that you can make it to the next one here. it will be fun.

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    2. Few of my favorite bloggers in one place. Yes, the people in the pic did make the pics awesome. :)

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  13. Awesome! Now I wish, I could have this experience sometime. :)

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    1. divya, it was truly awesome. every city should do this and frequently. the world needs to come together in peaceful loving ways like these.

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    2. :)
      When I read this post, I could see that this meeting really affected you. I'm sure it was a beautiful experience.

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  14. I feel bad that i missed it, but for sure i must make it next time.. you all had fun, and its nice to see all Hyderabad bloggers together :)

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    1. bharathi, we missed you too. as you can make out from the discussion here, this gathering was just the tip of the iceberg of hyd bloggers. it will be great to get all of us together, and soon. the last indi meeting in 2010 had nearly 150 people attending.

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    2. Oh tht wasvery good number, i can imagine how awesome it was.. Hope to see such a crowd soon and want to be a part of it.. :)

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  15. its really a good experience to interact with fellow bloggers in person and i personally want to be there in similar meet if it happens to be at near by cities hopefully......

    thanks for sharing your experience here.....:)

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    1. irfan bhai, in addition to the learning we acquired from each others' experience and expertise, it was the sense of shared camaraderie that was awesome. i hope you will think of making a trip to the next one.

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  16. Lovely write up!
    What you did miss however, was the warmth and the caring, the love and the laughter, and the genuine spirit of kinship, empathy and determination that the meeting left us all with.

    --- my fav lines

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    1. divenita, welcome to the jejune diet, and i am sure you will be back for more. thanks a lot for sharing your journey with all of us, and your wonderful post which i have added a link to.

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  17. hey Subho, nicely written, am sad i missed it, it seems you ppl had a great time. will be there next time.

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    1. hemanth, warm welcome to the jejune diet. sorry that you could not make it this time, and looking forward to your presence the next time around.

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  18. that's the kind of blogger meet i always look forward to .. short, sweet and simple !

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  19. I read Bhavana's an hour back. I am jealous of you guys, wish could attend one such meet.

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  20. I read 2-3 posts about Hyderabad bloggers' meet. Looks like everybody enjoyed. Thanks for sharing your expirience

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  21. thats great....bloggers meet!! glad you guys had a great time and hope ur post gets more people motivated for the next meet

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  22. good one, hope your post motivates other bloggers to attend the meeting next time...happy blogging

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  23. That looked like it was great fun. I can see how a small group would allow for a much more engaging discussion and conversation.

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  24. That looked like it was great fun. I can see how a small group would allow for a much more engaging discussion and conversation.

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  25. Hyd Indiblogger meet
    Add my above link to your list in this post.:)
    Keep blogging
    :)

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  26. Very Nice article with beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations.

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