Monday, August 29, 2005

US Bloggers Meet

They are meeting in droves all across the globe, the bloggers i.e. Bloggers are meeting in Bombay , Chennai , Bangalore , Calcutta , Delhi , London and every other imaginable place where two or more bloggers coexist. Hell, even pre-pubescent Porki’s in SriPerambadur have met over ‘kapi’ to discuss “free-market” fallouts and juxtaposition of the new world order in which Salman Khan is bereft of a phone connection and Pat Robertson is now a keeper of the “900 Club for Men Only”. These meeting are happening as you are fritting away your life reading these very words, except in the US. Sigh!

Well at least, I have been blissfully ignoramus, about any bloggers meet in the US until now. Now it could be entirely plausible that the meeting could have occurred and yours truly could have been passed by the wayside, since even my bitter half incessantly complains that I never have anything interesting of note to contribute to the world! Bloggers being an extremely narcissistic tribe, could jump to this judgment fairly quickly. I can see that happen.

That being said, let me err on the side of naivety and assume that no such meeting has taken place. Pray why I ask, why indeed, no bloggers meet? Such diverse opinionated, brilliant minds, stimulating posts amongst the eclectic bloggers in this great land of USA and yet why no bloggers meet ? Baffles me. In the great Yoda’s words, all the US bloggers will meet, shall we?

But how, is the next obvious question ? Unlike the Bombay, Bangalore or Chennai bloggers, we in the US, would meet across multiple time zones, across the vast topography of the great land of the Buffalo soldier. Across the plains, the mountains, the great cities and metros, the canyons and rivers we shall endeavor to meet. Not such an easy task you see. Who would coordinate such a massive undertaking? Not a feat for any poor single sod. It would need a whole team of dedicated organizers, to coordinate and facilitate, to cajole and dominate, to grovel and to instigate, to bring order and crush dissent, if any. So the first order of business would be to anoint organizers for this mammoth undertaking. With that added to the check list, what’s next ?

What about an appropriate moniker for this undertaking ? Maybe ‘Blo US’ or since this happens to be the first Bloggers meet I’m partial towards the wee bit scurrilous but rather apt ‘First Blo Me’ convention name. Then again maybe not, we need to get consensus on this. Moniker, check, what’s next ?

How and where do we meet ? Hmmm…now that’s a tough question and needs a fair bit of overhaul of the grey matter.Hmmm…hmmm…hmmm….thinking. Well thanks to the advancement of technology we have emails and Instant Messengers and something new they call Net Meeting , I’m told, at our disposal. So why not put technology to good use here? Oh, I ought to know since I make my living working in the so-called-technology arena.

How about each one of us share digital pictures of each other and then discuss topics over emails to each other, or to the entire group, at a specific time ? Or maybe instant message each other at maybe um, let’s say 6 PM EST on a chosen Saturday evening. Sounds good? Yes. Let move on. BTW, I really do look like John Abraham !!! Meeting medium, check.

Most importantly who all need to be invited to the ‘First Blo Me’ extravaganza? Well protocol mandates all the illustrious desi bloggers who have lit up the blogosphere with their wit, sarcasm, creativity and eclectic perspectives have to be present. In no specific order these would be the primary attendees and the topics they would discuss:

To lead the pack our very own Jon Higgins, the excellent but unrelated, I’m assuming, blogger Michael Higgins who has so successful managed to incur the wrath of a 100 Finns , can now provide an insight into who next he plans to irk. The Swedes, Fijians or maybe the Icelanders. Bork anyone ???

One of the best desi bloggers in the cyber world, Sunil Laxman can elucidate on sensual Kalidasa poetry while straddling his cuppa of Venti latte, seated at his favorite Seattle coffee place. Or maybe, he could just take a walk.

The always insightful but side-splittingly funny Greatbong could review Mithun movies, Main aur Mera Haath (or was it Haathi?), Boxer and yes Gunda as well as the 40-year old Virgin (um, I mean Mamta Bannerjee ).

And the fabulous ‘Famous Five’from Desipundit , Patrix , Ash , Vulturo , Kaps and Vikram , who scourge the cyberspace amidst hundreds of undeserving articles, such as this, to bring us the true gems from the blogosphere, again, unlike this article. Thanks guys for the yeoman task, tis much appreciated. One stop shop for the best of the bloggers.

What meet can be complete without CuriousGawker and his refreshing brand of liberal and expletive laden humor? CG on Christopher Walken 2008 or maybe Tom Delay 08 ? Ummm, maybe not.

The gang from Sepia Mutiny who can provide insights from social happenings in the Big Apple to pretty much everything else under the sun.

The cerebral Professor from Leigh, Amardeep Singh can elucidate about Indophilia as well as the finer nuances of English lit, maybe!

Of course, @mit from ‘What is Happening’ will be on hand to review the blogs of the more illustrious bloggers amongst us for his blog India Blog Review

I would be remiss to forget my fellow Michigan bloggers Anshul , Sumedha and Parag who are all keepers of fine fine blogs.

Contributions from Falstaff and Ashish Hanwadikar to raise the intelligence quotient at ‘Blo US’ significantly.

To lure cricket fanatics by the thousands, we just need the views of Prem Panicker on the ongoing enthralling Ashes series between England and Australia.

Not to forget our favorite overseas bloggers Uma , Dilip , Anand , Amit , Charu and Sujatha , for some of who, at 3:30 AM in the morning, may interfere with their post coital bliss and will definitely cut into their bhajan duties, but trust me, this endeavor would be well worth the effort. So come one, come all, all ye US bloggers , my apologies to all who didn’t get a mention, please pass the word around since forgiveness will not be forthcoming let any you should miss out on ‘First Blo Me’ in the US of A.


Blogger Sujatha said...

A blogmela of sorts going on here Sourin! Great idea, so outlandish it might just work!

9:13 PM  
Blogger Kaps said...


The "first Blo Me" happened in DC area sometime in July this year

9:26 PM  
Blogger Kaps said...

one more michigan based desi blogger -

10:51 PM  
Blogger uma said...

ha ha! sourin, great idea!

4:34 AM  
Blogger GREATBONG said...

Mamta Banerjee---40 year old virgin....that was sidesplitting !:-)....Sounds like a great Bloggers meet...

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Ash said...

Good idea Sourin !

Lol @ Famous 5 !! But rest assures, DP will solidly back any such undertaking :)

12:39 PM  
Blogger gawker said...

Tom DeLay 08? I feel strangely aroused.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Sunil said...

Sourin....hehe....i think i'll cheat, and just link this weeks blogmela to your blog...there's plenty of reading right here!

Now...this is a fun bloggers meet!

1:15 PM  
Blogger Sakshi said...

Sunil is so should bloody hell do the blog mela.

PS: Dont forget to include us, Bharitya Bloggers Residing Outside United States of America.

1:47 PM  
Blogger chappan said...

Thanx for stopping by and the wonderful comments.

Kaps: That was just a DC meet and not an all US bloggers meet. Thx for the MI blogger tip.

Sunil/Sakshi: Blog Mela..nah...too much work. I will leave it in Sunil's excellent hands for selection of the posts.

6:13 PM  
Blogger @mit said...

Sounds like a wonderful idea ... even a telecon / im meet will be fun ....

This was as good as a blog mela by itself

12:11 AM  
Blogger Megha said...

A telecon/IM meet sounds like a very cool idea! I've attended an Indian music e-meet once via Yahoo's chat/audioconferencing facilities and it was a lot of fun!

The Blo-Me name is, of course, a keeper! :)

7:17 AM  
Blogger Michael Higgins said...

Hi Sourin
I like the idea of a telecon meet. It would be fun I think.

Thanks for the mention. I don't think the Finns were all that upset. I think they're all gone now.

It is interesting that you have heard of Jon Higgins. My Father-in-Law mentioned that Jon was an Indian classical music performer and that he even saw him perform in Madras at least once. How did you hear about him?

8:01 AM  
Blogger chappan said...

The queen bee visited my blogsite. Wowieeee...Thanx for stopping by.

Hi Michael
You need to generate some new European fans after the Finns.

I heard abt Jon Higgins from my parents. There is this stoy abt him not being allowed to sing in some temple in India, following which he sang 'Krishna ne beegane baro' outside the temple, therby stumping the temple prists. I dont know if this is true or just a myth.

8:24 PM  

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