If I didn’t write this, dear Bangalore Mom would be like a character in Waiting for Godot- waiting for a post that never seemed to come… I couldn’t do that to her, could I? Besides nearly everyone has already had their version out; agreed I’m late in picking up my tags, but I do DO them finally. Better late than never, so here comes…
Am going on about the Bangalore Bloggers Meet of course.
Date: Fri, 16th May 2008.
Venue: Aargee’s lovely home
Subject: Mama-and-lone Non-Mama Bloggers Meet.
Discussed: well, this post would take a loooooooooooong time if I were to write all we discussed.
(Unanimous) Conclusion: Periodicity of meets to be increased.
Well, after a spate of mails went hither and thither, it was finally decided that some of us bloggers in B'lore would meet. Originally we were eleven, but sadly, Noodlehead had to attend to some work that cropped up suddenly and a certain Agelessbonder had a flight to catch that afternoon. (Good you decided to take a rain check, Usha, the time just FLEW!)
The day dawned bright and clear and the hours at office in the morning were fraught with anticipation. On google chat, BMom and Mama Mia and I couldn’t stop giggling about the pending meet. Worse than kids looking forward to a party, we were. Mama mia was also doing some last minute cramming on the names of the Mommas and kids and connecting them to the blogs.
At about 12.45, B’lore Mom drove up outside my office waiting for the Guide (yours truly) who would lead her to Aargee’s house. I led the way in my car (different cars because we were all going in different directions post Meet) to Forum, where we were to pick up the third blogger Mama Mia who was also lost without the Guide (yours truly). Now this was one feisty lady I’d been interacting with on a networking site for almost 2 years but hadn’t met! Incidentally, she is also the inspiration behind my blog. A big thank you, Mama Mia. If not for you, I wouldn’t have been part of the fun bunch that met up that Friday afternoon.
At Forum, we waited patiently for Mama Mia who turned up soon enough with that gamine smile of hers flashing. Well, we were on our way and reached soon enough, by 1.30. At the gates of Aargee’s apartment complex, we got out and then it was that we realized that in our excitement, none of us had remembered to take Aargee’s block/house number!
We laughed some, then, Mama Mia called up Swati who by the way, had already reached Aargee’s house. We got the necessary numbers and walked up to the respective block. Chattering nineteen to the dozen. Those of you who know BMom, will agree that its impossible to be quiet around her. She’s effervescence personified! Bubbling over with things to talk about and totally enthusiastic with her topics. I wonder how Kuttan will be at the stage when they can’t stop talking you know.... *wink* ok, enough of pulling BMom’s legs.
Inside the block, we met another young lady, who seemed sure she was coming to the right place, but not very certain as to what exactly she’d find there… Had to be another Momma blogger of course, we deduced. Well, we were a bit off the mark. It was a blogger, but not a momma yet. That was CD. We introduced ourselves with smiles, the excitement mounting all the while.. and proceeded up in the lift.
Outside the door, we rang the bell. The door was opened by a lady and then two other ladies stood peeping a little behind, another further behind. Now who to look at??? Who was who??? The ladies all sported warm, welcoming, curious smiles and then, chatter broke out again as introductions were made again. Poppins I already knew, she, BMom and myself having met up in a very very impromptu, very very enjoyable manner some days back..
CoS was old and new, as was Swati. How do you explain the way you know a person so well, and yet you don’t know who she is? You know her family, her views, her thoughts. The only things left were a face and a voice. Well. We got that too that afternoon.
CoS was warm and very very familiar. Didn’t realize it then, but later- of course! She looked so like Krittika!.
Swati looked the youngest of the lot, very pretty in a yellow- ok green if you insist, Swati- kurta.
Poppins Mom didn’t look any more pregnant than she did the first time I met her, but she did look way more hawt! There was no way I fitted into jeans when I was in my 7th month. But then, she lifted her top and showed me the elastic waist, so I was satisfied. As were the others.
Aargee was exceptionally pretty as well, and I fell in love with her skirt and her house- you can take it in whichever order you like. Her little one, the sole male in a house full of ladies was enjoying all the attention, to say nothing of the chips!
Compulsive Dreamer, sweet and thoughtful, gave Aargee our hostess a lovely bunch of flowers. And then, the aftermath of the baby shower clearly continuing, gave another bunch to Poppins Mom as well, the MTB in our midst.
We oohed and aahed at the flowers. And then, we were at it again. Chatting, laughing, nodding, listening, smiling, …. at babies, husbands, in-laws, work, bosses, issues, pregnancies, common blogfriends, MTBs, the baby shower ….In between Aargee would distractedly exclaim/run after lil Aditya who was clearly having none of his Mama’s disciplining. Why! so many ladies were having such fun, and he was to be denied of some of his own fun? No Way, Amma! was what he seemed to be trying to convey.
And then, the bell rang again. It was Kiran. Whose driver didn’t know that she was coming to a Blogmeet, but certainly gave her a darshan of Namma Bengalooru. That he charged her a bomb is another issue. But Kiran certainly looked a bomb, so he can be excused, is my reasoning.
Well, once we were finished with the introductions, we were back to it again…chatting, laughing, nodding, listening, smiling…. In between, Swati and Aargee clicked pictures and we tried to pose prettily, but were too caught up in all the talk to pose. Aditya was looking verrrrrrry sleepy by now, but firmly refused all efforts by his Amma to get him to go to sleep. It was getting time for lunch now, but the food hadn’t arrived yet!
The bell rang one more time- lunch had arrived! The table was laid and we had a delicious fare of parathas, aalu, rajma and salad, topped by a sinfully delicious cake Swati had brought.
And then, sadly, it was time for Mama Mia to leave, Friday being the busiest day of the week for her. But not before she gave out these cute little gifts personally addressed to all our little ones from Cubbyr, her little one (now I knew why she’d been asking me the names of all the little ones earlier that morning) and vibrant little caps as well from a popular radio station, for all of us.
By now Aditya had gone off to sleep in his Amma’s arms, tired out by all the excitement and the running around with his Bomb Aunty and others. And Bmom, Swati, Kiran and myself also decided to call it a day, even though it had been such fun. And BMom decided to call her husband to see if he was on his way yet, and - gave a scream! He was already there! The hapless man had been waiting down, outside the complex, on the road, in the hot sun, for over half an hour. He’d been unable to reach her on her phone. Needless, to say, the goodbyes were super fast after that.
CoS and Poppins Mom giving in to Aargee’s entreaties to stay back some more time, stayed back. And waved the rest of us on our way. We saw Kiran into the car and ensured that the meter was on, and that there would be only one Bomb in the taxi this time. Smiled cheerfully at BMom’s husband who was so politely smiling in front of us inspite of the fuming that must have been going on inside…BMom assured us that sure, she was going to get an earful…
And then, Swati and I made our way to our side of the city.
It was a time well spent and well enjoyed. Four solid hours of bonhomie and bonding that spilled over from the comments section on the blog to real life..
When is the next one coming up, ladies?
2 days ago