After weeks of excitement building up, the day finally arrived! Yes the 5th anniversary celebrations of Indiblogger! And what better way to do it than to have a Nokia App Tasting event, hosted by Vikas Khanna and Rajiv Makhni the two masters of gastronomy and technology, at the Taj Lands End Hotel in Mumbai!
More than 200 bloggers from all over Mumbai and neighbouring cities were assembled to make this evening a very special one.
It was kicked off by a spirited “HURRHURR” war cry by the dedicated Indiblogger team, pumping their
fists and motivating all at the event to do the same!
It was then time for the charming Tech Guru Rajiv Makhni and the ever so humble Michelin starred
Masterchef extraordinaire Vikas Khanna to hold centre stage and keep the bloggers enthralled for the next couple of hours with their witty tete-a-tetes and quizzes.
They started off by calling bloggers onstage, based on varying criteria like the youngest blogger, oldest blogger and so on for introductions and giving away prizes to the wittiest.
This was followed by a demonstration of ‘How to slice onions easily’ by Vikas Khanna and 4 food bloggers were invited onstage to participate in a contest to slice the onions as demonstrated and the best ‘slicer’ was awarded a prize.
And then Rajiv Khanna charmed all bloggers to express their love for technology by making them kiss their cellphones! This set the grounds for ‘apptasting’ a term coined to experience some wonderful applications that can be used in daily life on one’s Nokia phone. Rajiv Khanna presented a few new apps that are bound to be very popular! The one that I loved was ‘City Lens’ which will ensure one is never lost for anything, anywhere! One just has to activate this app and point the phone in any direction and it will display all the different facilities available in that direction like restaurants, clubs, hospitals etc., with links for phone numbers and directions to get there! Nokia also announced that within a couple of weeks all Nokia users will be able to request for creation of apps that they feel would be useful and Nokia would work on it to develop and present the requested apps to the world! If that is not user friendly what is!
By this time all the bloggers were charged up for a quiz that was announced which would have 4 couples
comprising of foodies and techies. The quiz was fun with the humour injected into the proceedings by the wonderful hosts. The questions that could not be answered by the participants were passed on to the audience which ensured a healthy participation of the audience at all times!
Like all good things this evening too had to end and it did with a cake being cut to celebrate the 5th
anniversary of Indiblogger.
Dinner was announced and on the way to the dining area, lovely Indiblogger Tshirts were given away to all the participants.
The bar was open and so was the buffet! Over drinks and dinner a lot of new friends and contacts were
established, apart from meeting up with bloggers that one had interacted in the virtual world. There was a lot of bonhomie, good cheer and photography sessions with the celebrity anchors who were ever obliging.
Thank you Indiblogger and Nokia for a wonderful apptasting event!
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