When Harish sent me a personal letter asking me to join the Blogadda event in Goa I was frankly reluctant. I have a book coming out in a few weeks (Yayyy Me!) and need all my leaves for it.
With fellow bloggers
A weekend out of the routine
All Expense Paid
I have a very good track record with temptations, if they are good I give in. So here I am, at Zuri Resorts, among palm trees and in the Susegad culture. (I hope I spelt that right.) Really wonderful.
Blogadda wants feedback on my experiences. Let me tell you, the experience so far has been awesome on most fronts. The personal touch is great. Meeting fellow bloggers like Seema Rao, Vidya Suri, Rekha Kakkar and others is wonderful. The resort is great and so is the ambiance of the entire event. I wish though we had more time to actually do the susegad bit. But then, will do that some other time.
Masti is full on, the food is good. Like all landlocked creatures who live in Delhi NCR I crave to get sea food and here in Goa it is plentiful.
We arrived by Indigo, were greeted by Harish and party at the reception at Zuri and then proceeded for lunch, which was followed by orientation. Then Tata took over and gave us an exhaustive class on the technical features of Zest. The men in the party lapped it up and so did some women. I loved the sound of it all but frankly learnt little.
The next day, breakfast was at 7 which was followed by the test drive. I test drove both the diesel and petrol versions of the car.
Away from Goa
Where did the weekend go?
Sadly this was a too-short interlude. Like all good things the weekend has come to an end too early.
Thank you Blogadda
This has been a wonderful experience.
I really admire Team BlogAdda. They add the personal touch. Ankita V, you are awesome, Madam Hospitality Incarnate is what I would like to call you. Harish, rock on. I tip my virtual hat to you all for your warmth, patience, affection and the efficiency with which you managed the entire event.
Edited to Add …
Of course how can I travel and not get my return messed up? This time I did not have anything to do with it, Spice Jet did. We reached the airport for our 4 p.m. flight and found out that our carrier was still in Delhi and would reach Goa at 7. After the anger and the disappointment – I really did want to walk barefoot on the beach and drink some Feni - I settled down for a long chat with fellow bloggers Rekha Kakkar who blogs at http://www.rekhakakkar.com/ and Christine Pemberton who blogs at http://christinepemberton.me/
Both of them are awesome bloggers, you guys have to visit and follow their blogs, believe me.
When I look back at the whirlwind trip to Goa the things that stay with me are
1. Warmth and love that I got from the BlogAdda team
2. Interactions with fellow bloggers, some that I thought I would never meet, given how far they live. Vidya Sury of http://vidyasury.com/ never in my wildest imagination did I think I would ever meet you. Roshan Radhakrishnan of http://www.godyears.net/ and Deepak Amembal of http://mumbaidaily It was a pleasure to meet you both. Shilpa Garg of http://shilpaagarg.com/ we can meet more, I think. Jaipur is fairly close to Delhi. I hope we do.
3. My long chat with Christine and Rekha. It is talks like this that make blogging such an awesome experience. I wish I had a photo of us three together as a keepsake.