It’s a wee bit late I know. Or no, it’s awfully late actually. But then I have figured it’s never really too late to express gratitude for something that made you smile, made you happy and made you feel on top of the world. When I read about it, I felt it would be almost impossible to be a part of it, after all crossing oceans just to be a part of a conference (especially when you are paying for it yourself and there’s no corporate to sponsor you) doesn’t seem a likely thing to do. But then, one has heard of ‘where there is a will there is a way’, isn’t it? And a bigger plus point, when your family lives in the same city, the improbable situation becomes a little probable, and with a little bit of push, hard work and perseverance the universe also helps you to turn the impossible situation into a possibility – a real-life possibility! And that’s how I landed up being an active part and member of BNLF – the blogger’s conference in Mumbai on October 31st and November 1st, 2015. Thrilling, isn’t it?#BNLF - The Blogger's Conference - the fun it was! #blogging #speaking #writing Click To Tweet
I landed in Mumbai two weeks prior and paid a surprise visit to my parents. It was a lovely two weeks of bliss at home, beautifully building up to the grand finale on my last weekend after which I would fly back home and land straight into my husband’s arms. Though God had other plans, thank God, whatever happened.. happened after 1st November; thus allowing me to enjoy the conference that I was so looking forward to. Oh yes, not to forget the dress rehearsal for the perfect dress to ensure I dazzle – after Anoop told me that I would be required to dress pretty (and not in the team uniform since I was a volunteer and member of the prestigious IndiCrew team) because I would be an MC too, along with him. So yes, the gratitude isn’t just for organising such a magnificent event and getting so many wonderful people together, but also for giving me a chance to do what I love doing and what I do best – being a compere – albeit just for a little time to introduce three key-note speakers… but then, something is better than nothing, ain’t it?
The two days at the conference at the Lalit in Mumbai were exquisite. Though I was super busy back stage, and didn’t really get to attend most of the presentations by the speakers, except that of Bruce Dickinson (because there we didn’t have a choice and weren’t allowed backdstage :-p), I had an overdose of fun. Meeting your virtual friends and fellow bloggers in person is the best thing that can happen to you. You read each other almost on a daily basis and communicate through comments, and even through just those comments the bond that gets created is so strong. I felt it when so many friends hugged me. The warmth of those hugs will keep those memories afresh for a long long time, not to forget the smile that it brings to my face each time I think of the people I met there. It will be unfair to name just a few of them because everyone was so friendly and loving. It was almost a reunion of sorts – from the virtual world to the real one. I hope the pictures I post here will tell all of them how much they are an integral part of my life now.
The show was flawless… ahem ahem… ofcourse thanks to the IndiCrew members. Fun came in unlimited quantities on both days, though it was much quieter, peaceful and serious on Day 2, thus also giving me enough opportunity to spend quality time with a few friends. It was awesome. The party on the first was very enjoyable though little Cinderella had to rush back home soon as she has deadlines when she is in her own city. But every minute spent there was worth it. I missed a lot of blogger friends who couldn’t make it to the conference, but most of all I missed my best blogger buddy – my husband Desh. Actually though I was really missing him as he is responsible for my advent into the blogging world, it was the others who made sure that I missed him every nano second by asking about him continuously and making that sad face when I said he couldn’t make it due to work. Husband – you are one famous personality, I must say!! I can’t forget the comment on one of my event pictures on Facebook where a sweet blogger friend wrote to you saying, “while Archana looked absolutely ravishing, we really missed you Desh”. Now now, need I say anything more?
All in all it was a great action-packed two day event which made me re-live my corporate days where I organised events and anchored them as well. The speakers were outstanding, the event was organised very tastefully and well conducted, the interaction with friends was mind-blowing and the conference was a runaway success. Two days of excitement and memories to last a lifetime is my take-away.
Thank you Team Indiblogger!