City of Joy finds oozing out Excitement & Enthusiasm in IndiBloggers Meet

By: Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

September 14, 2015


City of Joy finds oozing out Excitement & Enthusiasm in IndiBloggers Meet #BergerXP


Top 100 bloggers congregated at IndiBloggers Meet on 12th September at the Oberoi Grand. The gala event was hosted by Berger Paints and in the process; IndiBloggers got the chance to meet the fellow city bloggers after a long gap of almost 4 years. The rumors of such a meet circulated among IndiBloggers long back as it was worth and finally it found the daylight last Saturday. Everyone of the community soaked in the entertainment and enjoyed the interactive session for as long as five hours under host Anoop, Renie, Karthik, Swati, Nihal, Vineet, Saurabh and the rest of the IB team.




Invitations of the Meet was sent out to everyone on 28th August and each one of the IndiBloggers team was equally excited and waited for the final day with pounding hearts. This was a golden chance for the bloggers from Kolkata who could not make it up to the previous meets held in other cities. In the last 5 years, many new bloggers have joined IndiBloggers team. For them this was a huge platform to get acquainted with others. The invitation mail gave them Goosebumps and their eager wait kicked off.




The final day


12th September, Saturday was a big day for all enthusiastic blogger of the IndiBlogger family. As the day commenced the fire of excitement kept on rekindling. The day before the meet IndiBloggers announced a Photo Tweet Contest which heated up the Mercury further. However, many people were more concerned and excited about the meet rather than the Photo Tweet Contest. As decided earlier, everyone assembled sharp at 4PM and the Ballroom at the first floor was meant only for the IndiBloggers team. It was almost like a heaven for many new and young bloggers. Many diverse connections grew up as there were bloggers from all parts of the country. The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata saw numerous budding friendships.




This wonderful vintage ball room just woke up with all these dazzling individuals who all shares one basic energy, compose and convey what needs to be without being judged and obviously have a voice. With fun occasions, Berger Express Picture Presentation, awards, treats and lastly, the yummy spread of the Grand Buffet, through and through made the night mind blowing.


Events continued with the ice-breaking


The registration procedure followed with the High Tea. After that all the present members of IndiBloggers were facilitated into the Ball room and the entire group, one of the best planned and well disposed packs of individuals, began with the occasion with fun ice-breakers. They set the disposition and tone simply ideal for everybody to sink in the good times. For many people, this was the first Bloggers meet, and they were simply awed by the enormously gifted bloggers/scholars that they came across with.




The interactive session was the best part of the Meet as bloggers shared their experiences of their journey with IndiBlogger yet some read out their brand new stories. This session was also very helpful for the new bloggers as numerous successful bloggers shared blogging tips. The best thing about this session was to discover new and young bloggers who are very young just 16 or 19 years of age. All of them were so enthusiastic and to hear them speak was absolutely amazing.


There were crowds all over. Everyone looked happy and happy chirps filled up the entire Ballroom. Well known among the members present were, Purva, a young lady who is already a successful writer of two good books, Rangan Dutta, who already has grabbed numerous feathers in his hat, Food Blogger Anindya & Poorna, Travel Blogger Mouha and many more. It was so dazzling to realize that Kolkata still keeps on being creative and most socially broadened city in India.


Berger added some colors


You will be wrong if you think that the entire event was lifeless and colorless. The host Berger Paints added more colors to the evening displaying their cutting edge painting tools for home painting. These tools described the better, faster and the cleaner new technology for painting of Berger. This is a new hassle-free painting technology from Berger which may bring an end to end solution to the painting requirements of your nest.








No one sat dull in the Meet. Each and every corner was brewing with activities. After the presentation from Berger everyone concentrated on the games. All the members were divided into 10 teams of 6 or 8 players each and the very first game was to make your hand dirty by filling a board with sand which is covered with plaster of paris. Everyone got dressed in the attire of the mad doctor and started filling the board like kids. The group named Bloggeratti completed the task in just 34 secs.




The round that followed demanded the participants to draw their heart out for a cause together with Berger Paints. This time Team Kolkata Pallets (Anamitra, Sukanta, Sourav, Mohua, Anindya, Sammya, Preeti, Maniparna, and Rangan Da ) won the painting competition. I felt really lucky to be a part of this talented team.






Making new friends


This was probably the most amazing thing that this IndiBlogger meet saw. As bloggers were clubbed together in teams they started making new connections. Lots of selfie sessions, twitter storming and capturing group photos followed in every corner of the hall.




Contests and a delicious dinner


Apart from the fun games, numerous contests were also arranged. There were challenges on twitter on the pictures being posted by the IndiBlogger members and their Tweets and amazing prizes like Power banks, JBL speakers, Bluetooth speaker and so forth were given out. The night arrived and the dinner was served. The Grand Hotel arranged an amazing buffet with some mouth watering dishes, and everyone enjoyed the food. Each and every blogger was presented with a goody bag and they started to head towards their home with grinning face and happy heart.




This gala evening brought all the bloggers of the IndiBlogger family together. They shared tips with each other, everyone became more acquainted with each other’s blogs and above all found a new companion or two. Thanks to IndiBlogger and Berger for gifting them such a fun filled evening. The great event came to an end in an anticipation to wait for the next meet.




#BergerXP #Indiblogger

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About Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word ‘foodie’ and prefers, instead, the expression ‘food devotee’. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

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1915940_101100699948573_1759232_nRajdeep Bhattacharjee wears many feathers in his cap. A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – Rajdeep, once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word 'foodie' and prefers, instead, the expression 'food devotee'. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

He is the founder of Gourmets Travel Guide, a website devoted completely to food and travel. Rajdeep is an avid blogger and one can find many of his sojourns aptly expressed on the website

Rajdeep had been recently chosen by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to board the inaugural flight from Kolkata to Bangkok (TG – 336) and received accolades for wonderfully recounting the experience, from start to finish, in his blog. In fact, his travelogue was featured in Hangla Hneshel, one of India's foremost Bengali magazine dedicated completely to food and travel. Rajdeep doesn't stop there! One of his undersea walks also got featured in The Telegraph, one of India's leading dailies. He is also one of the chief curators and a selector for chefs and restaurants for Channel One's Resto Ranna episodes.

Zomato ranks Rajdeep among the top ten food connoisseurs in the city. He has also been ranked number 5 and 6, in this year's Network 18 and Burrp surveys respectively, as one of the discerning food critics in the country.

Rajdeep loves eating out at different restaurants. A true blue Bengali at heart and gut, experimenting with food and palates come naturally to him. And he doesn't mind leaving an endearing word or two for chefs who have displayed their talents on the plate and the restaurant management for the inviting ambiance of an eatery.

Rajdeep counts is as his forte the wonderful rapport he shares with different media houses. Thus his writings have already been picked up by top food journals and news dailies apart from the exposure he has to talk about them on social media. Reputation management of his clients come naturally to him be it on the virtual platform or in print.

He has been blogging for the last three years. When he is not writing on food and travel or working as a Government employee, you can most certainly catch him with a camera slung around his neck and travel gear ready to satisfy his inner wanderlust.