Hyderabad bloggers Meet 2013

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yes, it was an awesome event,yes it was at an elegant place. Yes we met lots of new bloggers, young and enthusiastic, wise beyond their age, writing poetry at the drop of hat and reciting with passion. Young ladies, brimming with literary talent and wanting to get their work published. Experienced bloggers giving tips on how to go about the business. Yes I am describing the enjoyable event that was Hyderabad Bloggers Meet 2013.

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It was held in a cosy room , at a grand venue, ITC Kakatiya Hotel, in a prime location, Begumpet. The very entry into the elegant place adorned with tasteful paintings lining the stair case and lobby, elevated the participants’ moods to a sophisticated experience.

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Thank you ITC Kakatiya http://www.itchotels.in/

The ambiance in the lobby and the Boardroom set to the exacting standards of the Hotel, and the gracious staff assisting the bloggers to settle down in comfort was to be experienced to be believed.

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I was already acquainted with the early arrivals so the mood was one of friendship and fun. Bhavana Nissima who came from Chennai, for the second time to meet the Hyderabad bloggers was busy clicking photographs and meeting the arrivals. Thanks you Bhavana, for gracing the occasion and spreading your charm. She was also busy here tweeting the event to other bloggers in India.

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It was a pleasure to meet Desi Traveler in person,(seen with Bhavana in the above picture), who blogs at http://www.desitraveler.com discovering places ,capturing them in words and pictures,sharing them with his readers.

Our main Organiser , the calm and cool Subhorup DasGupta and his charming wife Madhavi Padma were early too, and immediately settled down to getting the stuff ready. He was here there and everywhere to see to the smooth conduct of the Meet. Another famous blogger and travel writer Anuradha Goyal arrived almost immediately, sat down to discussing the finer points of the meet. Thanks to Anuradha Goyal , the Hyderabad Bloggers could meet at such an elegant and convenient place.

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Meanwhile Satish ( http://www.coolpctips.com and http://www.campus2life.com) too was busy , lending his boundless energy to the event. One needs to hear and feel his presence to get caught in his positive energy, and his simplicity. Many amazing young Tech bloggers graced the occasion. It was wonderful, to witness the humility and the enthusiastic participation.

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(image courtesy Satish CoolPCtips and Desi Traveler) All tech bloggers, Satish Kumar – CoolPCTips , Sampath Bhoompally– Gaming Garage, Sai Kumar – Cruchy hub ,Pavan Somu Geek And Blogger, Koundinya – Koundeenya – )

Satish’s talk on SEO best practices can be accessed here courtesy Subhorup Das gupta http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRdP7dHx8M0&feature=youtu.be …Very interesting,at times daunting to me. I learnt words like Do follow, no follow, position, optimize, rank, inbound link, Trust Rank, Meta Page, SERP, spider crawls, Panda, Penguin being used with different meanings. Spiders will never be the same again for me.:-)

The talk by Anuradha Goyal was interesting to an armchair traveler, like me. She discussed on how to write, and what to write. One has to find their passion, self discovery , niche , and rest falls into place. She is also one of the top reviewer of books in India, and has a huge collection of books. She graciously offered her library for our use with a promise of peace and some tea thrown in. Very tempting.

Anuradha also wears another hat. She is currently an independent Innovation consultant and can help organizations incubate new groups, setup innovation platforms, define innovation strategies and roadmap. I was enriched meeting and hearing her.

Another discussion about authors, E books and self publishing , involved the budding authors and poets. Shankari Sundaram of Oh, I juggle! who came with a sleeping baby on her arms, started off the discussion, suitably followed by Linda Ashok (NotMenButPatriarchy), Madhur Chadda(Mr Unreasonable) and NVL Sateesh Life, Physics, and Philosophy, Debdatta Sahay and Anuradha Goyal . The discussion veered around self – publishing for wannabe authors, problems in editing, book launches, E-books, copy right violations and publishing in U tube.

After a brief interval for variety of snacks provided by the ITC Kakatiya, , we had chance to meet fellow bloggers and exchange notes since last meeting. It was nice to meet Gautam Dhameja again.

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Ratnakar Sadasyula who is active on Twitter @scorpiusmaximus, FAcebook, Telugu Patalu, History, Quora, and blogs at – Sleepless in Cyberia – http://scorpiusmaximusindicus.blogspot.in/, was the next speaker.

Image courtesy Subhorup DasGupta

Ratnakar touched upon Social media activism and the evolving trends. HE stressed the need to bring in changes effectively by using the social media and attain wider reach for causes which makes a difference to the society. The Executive Chef, who is also a blogger and social media enthusiast took an active part in detailing his experiences. There were lot of discussion on the subject and ways to go about achieving the goals. It was also decided to take this effort further after due planning.

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P.Sekar with Bhavana

Thereafter , it was fun time where in the gifts brought by us all, were distributed by picking out random numbers. The books, DVDs and the Haiku calendars, lovely posters, Diary,coffee mugs , lots of sample tea packets (from Blend of tea, our logistic partners) and a lovely bag were given away amid cheers. Needless to add that I got that lovely bag.

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Our Giveaway sponsors Big Basket .com ,distributed gift vouchers to the participants. I have already placed orders for getting the items delivered at my doorstep.Thank you Big Basket.


We received some lovely T-shirts and a pretty cap from Maxthon , our Technology partners.

Links : http://desitraveler.com/



About gardenerat60

As you guessed, I am a retired executive, looking for hobbies. Stumbled into gardening after reading blogs. Always wanted to use eco-friendly items in daily life. So, there was no heistation in deciding to put the vast terrace balcony to use for organic garden.
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89 Responses to Hyderabad bloggers Meet 2013

  1. jayanthi. says:

    A great narration, exhaustive but crisp at the same time, I am at awe, really.
    I also take this opportunity to inform you that our brinjal plants flowered, and so far has given quite an amount of the vegetable so far. Thanks.

  2. Thank you so much Pattu ji, It was really fun meeting you at HBM-2013 🙂

    I was actually waiting for this post to be published! I love to see your writing! 😀

  3. bhavanas11 says:

    You have covered the whole gamut! Yeah, it was absolute fun!!!! Thank you for your energy. It made a difference!

  4. Its my pleasure to be a part of Hyderabad Bloggers Meet and I learned a lot. I am very grateful to each and everyone who made a memory of the event.
    PS: Thanks for my beautiful picture mam 🙂

    • Pattu says:

      Welcome here Pavan. It was nice meeting you all young people, with so much energy and enthu.

      BTW, your comment went into my spam q :-(. How? ( I expect you to find out 🙂

  5. Hi,

    It seems all of you bloggers had immense fun at the gathering. I wish something like this took place in Western parts of India as well. It would be great meeting all the bloggers in the flesh after having read about their experiences and blogs. 🙂
    Great pictures. Thanks for sharing them in this post here. 🙂

    P.S. Do check out & vote for my entry for Get Published.


    My Blog | My Entry to Indiblogger Get Published

    • Pattu says:

      Welcome here Jay. And thanks for the comment.

      I am sure it can be organised through social media, and meet up. We started with about 10 of us, and this time it could accommodate only 25. Many are wanting to join. So next meet will be in a bigger place with lots of discussions. exciting.

      BTW, I do not know how your comment landed in Spam! 😦

  6. Rajkumar says:

    Excellent narration!!!

  7. odyzz says:

    You have beautifully captured the event in your words..enjoyed reading it.. 🙂

    Do read and vote for my entry for getpublished contest here

  8. Jeevan says:

    That sounds wonderful! I’m sure you had a great experience at the event.

  9. Very beautifully you have expressed about the meet, Ma’m. I am sure you guys had a wonderful time at the meet. Meeting fellow bloggers with whom who share such a strong connection is really a bliss. We also had our Bloggers Meet in Bangalore on the same day. It was a blast here too. 🙂

  10. Indrani says:

    I love such meets. great recap here.

  11. Jas says:

    It seems like a hell of a meet 🙂

  12. Wow, now that was something and a great feat to pull off by collaboration. I would love to hear the you tube discussions. Beautifully recapped for us non-attendees.

  13. Wish I could be a part tooo, may be in some Delhi meet 🙂

  14. Rajesh says:

    Very well covered.

  15. dnambiar11 says:

    You Hyderabadi bloggers seem to have the best meets. I remember reading about the last meet you had. And Bhavna came down again? I’m sure you all had some fun and it was an event to remember.

    Btw that bag is so pretty. 🙂

  16. vishalrathod76 says:

    Thanks Pattu jee
    for showing me a virtual indiblogger meet through your wonderful post. I am a new member here and it has excited me a lot. In next Mumbai Indiblogger meet i am going to be present. Thanks for sharing

  17. xhobdo says:

    Pattu Ji, Great to read your post. Thanks for sharing.

  18. meenakshi says:

    Seems like you had a great fun there, You write amazingly well!

  19. Great post Pattu ji, I had great fun exploring the ITC Kakatiya, the giveaway session was fun too.

  20. Looking for such a meet in Kolkata…..


  21. magiceye says:

    Congratulations on you 100th post!!! And what a beautiful way you have celebrated it!!

  22. santosh says:

    congrats for ur 100th post i think u enjoyed the meet. i feel bad bec on that day i am also in Hydrabad but i had no inforamation.

  23. Arti says:

    Many congratulations on reaching a huge milestone of 100 posts, Ma’am! Wish you many many more! 🙂

    What a lovely and crisp description of the event, sounds and looks like so much fun! 🙂

  24. Zephyr says:

    Congrats, Pattu on your century of posts. I did see some tweets by Bhavana and responded too 🙂 Great meet that!

  25. Hi Pattu Mam…It was wonderful meeting you at the #HBM2013. Congratulations on your 100th post.. way to go.

  26. KVVS MURTHY says:

    Wow…Terrific post with nice pics.

  27. poonam says:

    I never knew about HBM ah missed it!

  28. Shankari says:

    Lovely post and what a meet! I wish we could have stayed for dinner, though. Seems like the fun continued.

  29. malinymohan says:

    lovely account maa’m . . congrats on the 100th mile too 🙂

  30. bhavanas11 says:

    Where is my comment? How did it disappear? 😦 Anyways, congrats on your 100th post! Wow–perfect topic for it– to write about an event on “enabling change with social media”! Thank you for your warmth, your energy and perhaps more importantly, your unshakeable conviction and courage! That at some level anchored the group.

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Bhavana ! How can you do so much wonder with words ? You are amazing. No wonder all of us are soooooo fond of you!

      And as far as comments on each other’s blogs, I really cant understand!”:-))))))))

  31. rajnisinha says:

    thanks for this lovely post —beautiful account of all the happenings and lovely pictures

    visit me at http://rajni-rajnigaqndha.blogspot.in/2013/01/my-first-award.html
    have nominated you for the liebster award

  32. rajnisinha says:

    beautiful narration and account of the happenings
    do visit

    have nominated you for the liebster award

  33. What a grand event! I would love such an occasion. 🙂 Great post…

  34. Vidya Sury says:

    Congratulations, Pattu on the century-th post!

    I love the way you’ve covered the event – it was as good as following you around! IVery enjoyable read! ‘ve known Anu Goyal for years and she’s a fab writer. How wonderful to have arranged this meet. Thank you for the treat! Sounds like a memorable time and great participation!

    Love, Vidya

  35. Saritha says:

    Wish i was there at hyderabad for the bloggers meet. Last time i was there but i was not aware of it.

    Looks like you all had a fun event….

    • gardenerat60 says:

      Welcome here Sarita, Sorry we missed meeting you last time. This time , it was space constraint. Next time we will be better organised.:-) Thanks for your visit.

  36. mpuppal says:

    Hi Pattu, Many congrats for a century of posts. Enjoyed your lovely narration of the bloggers meet at Hyderabad. Your enthusiasm and sincerity overflowed in the post. How amazing to meet all the bright young bloggers in person.
    More power to you!:)))))

  37. PotSoup says:

    Would have loved to be a part of this, didn’t know Hyderabad had such meet ups too. Thanks for an introduction to new bloggers from the same city.

  38. Manisha says:

    Would love to join next time and be a part of this community

  39. Hi! Nice to read this post! I am a blogger from Bengal. I have been in Hyderabad for last 7 months. Is this bloggers meet held every year? If yes, I would like to participate the next year. But, how? Please do let me know…..

  40. Nice blog i am hyderabadi i am happy to participate in to this blog meet and thats sure thanks for the blog

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  42. This is an eye-opener. Wished I could be there. Wonderful post ma’am 🙂

  43. Anita says:

    This is so much fun! We are still waiting to have an official IB meet in eastern India. Just yesterday, I attended a 1st Blogger’s Meet in Kolkata thanks to Aviva India.
    Who sponsored the entire meet for you?

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