#BergerXP it is!

IndiBlogger.in is so close to my heart. Be it the competitions they host, the meets they organize or they innovative thoughts of the organizers, I love being a part of it. When I got a special invite for #BergerXP meet, I registered instantly expecting the meet would be fun.

On Saturday, my wife Vidhya and I, reached the venue The Lalit Ashok Bangalore at around 12 PM. Leo and Vidya were there in the venue. I was happy to meet them almost six months. Soon many bloggers joined us – a few known faces and many unknown faces. Since I was wearing Mala for Sabarimala, I restricted myself from interacting with people. However, as more people walked in, I started interacting with them.

The meet started with a heavy lunch – I had only vegetarian – followed by the registration process. Anoop greeted me with a huge smile. We hugged. Renie was searching for ‘Someone is Special’ a.k.a Sarav, and on seeing me in the new avatar, he was surprised. I felt like back to home. Of course, for a blogger, IndiBlogger.in is home.

My wife was bit nervous as she was unable to register due to technical problems. Once Aaruhsi and Anoop, helped us complete the registration process, she was happy.

Anoop, the man behind the mike, invited Karthik to help us exercise. It was fun, I captured a video of the same. The balloon game. Karthik, you are just awesome man with your moves.

When Chandra took over, he spoke about BergerXP, its tools and innovations. Unlike other presentations where presenters concentrate only on AIDA model, this was a breather. He spoke about innovation, next gen tools and Express Painting. Faster. Cleaner. Better. It was fascinating that kept me engrossed till the very end. Some memorable one-liners, I tweeted during the meet and created a story using moments…

#BergerXP Meet by @FewMileshttps://t.co/acyyE9kyCg

— Someone is Special (@FewMiles) December 13, 2016

If I miss to talk about the tools then it would be a crime. Let me first tell you the names and its features, followed by a TVC made by #BergerXP.

SANDING MACHINE: It is Faster and Cleaner with Dust-Free Vacuum Function.

MULTIPURPOSE MIXER: Quick & Hassle-free Mixing that can help you mix putty and texture of your choice.

AUTO ROLLER: Have you ever seen an adjustable roller with automatic paint pumping, giving a superior sexy finish? Watch it below…

HIGH PRESSURE WASHER: The difference between a worst experience and the best experience is when someone start cleaning the walls. And that’s what Berger has done. A Hi-speed Pressure wash with regulators addition to the nozzle adjustment. It’s just amazing!

AIRLESS PAINT SPRAYER: A sprayer that supports water-based paints and primer giving a classic touch. Experience Berger XP now… Check out latest TVC…

If you are planning to give your favourite home a makeover, use #BergerXP Express Painting. I am saying this only after experiencing it. Actually we were asked to team up to perform a couple of acitivites. Given a choice to select five on my team as a lead, I spoke with Debolina and Nalini and they agreed to be a part of my team, and Leo & Vidhya was there by default. Initially we were given a challenge to smoothen a rough wall with putty. We did well. It is more of to test the patience level and to convey the hard work the painters put. Remember, how many times we would have said what work these painters do. They are not even doing their work properly. Trust me, it is hard and people do it with real passion to get your wall the look you are looking for.

The second set of activities is to paint on a theme and then present it. Guess what, we found our new lead from whom we got our team name Aakriti. Her enthusiasm in sketching is unmatchable and I see a future IndiBlogger in her. I always love sketching and painting. Somehow I am not giving myself enough time to sketch or paint or do both. This meet, gave me an opportunity to paint, and along with my team it got fulfilled. If I recall it right, last time I sketched was in 2013 and it was for a IndiBlogger Character Contest. And this time, too, IB, helped me paint one more time. I wish to paint more, but then reading and writing, gives me a good work -life balance.

We then took the Mannqinn challenge and trust me, it was real fun. Once it was over, we took a groupie and then we retired for the day after collecting the most precious t-shirt (thanks to the sponsors, who let IB print without the sponsors name) and a gift hamper from BergerXP. Since I forgot to take my bag, I went inside again only to be video interviewed. Thank you IB Team for the opportunity.

It was fun-filled day. Thanks to BergerXP and IndiBlogger for organizing such a wonderful meet rather than mere boring talks. I really look forward to meet you again. In case if I win a chance to get a wall painted by BergerXP, I shall write a detailed review on the same. For more info visit www.bergerpaints.com and also watch Express Painting Success Journey – https://youtu.be/skouMQXEu6U

Thank you all!

I’m back!

It’s been three long years since I attended a blogger meet. Life in Germany kept me occupied enough to make sure that I cannot travel to India whenever there’s a blogger meet or the famous BNLF meet; I surely missed the fun, but not anymore. I’m back to India. And this time, when the IndiBlogger announced The Horlicks #Immunity4Growth Blogger Meet, I was about to travel to Chennai. I cancelled the trip to attend the meet along with my wife Vidhya. And I am super glad as I met my wonderful friends – CS, Leo, Anoop, Farida, Rizwan, Sarabjeet, Vidya Sury and many more.

Before I share my experience, I would like to apologies to my blog and my readers.

Dear Few Miles,
Apologies for leaving you untouched for five long months. I was occupied with other priority tasks and the relocation to India kept me busy. During the transit time, thanks to the wonderful Vodafone Team for keeping me disconnected with the virtual world.
I wrote offline. I wrote for a bigger dream – Coffee Date – soon to be published by a traditional publisher. That’s the reason I addressed to you and not to Isha. Because this is the longest break I’ve taken right from the inception of Few Miles. So I am really sorry. I promise not to leave you again even when I write my next book.
And yes, I’m back!
With Love,
Someone is Special.

And to my readers, sorry for keeping you wait for five long months. I was busy writing my first book for you. I will get it published soon.

Coming back to the meet, right from the registration to Goodbyes, we felt excited meeting so many wonderful bloggers and friends. As soon as we entered the hall we met Farida and Vidya. We exchanged greetings and whereabouts, after which we occupied the table just before the last one. CS and Leo, joined us shortly. I felt very happy!

The meet opened with Anoop as usual rocking the stage, followed by introduction of Super Moms and Super Dads. Once the introductory session was over, Jill Castle, nutrient, Horlicks Team, an active blogger from USA, spoke about the importance of immunity for growth, the role of nutrients, the category of children, types of deficiency and its effects on growth, and how to deal with these issues.

When Jill spoke about deficiency of Vitamin D in India more than in Western Countries, I could only disagree to the percentage shown in the PPT. I agree, deficiency is everywhere. But we have good Vitamin sources and practices. Unfortunately, the knowledge is not getting transferred between generations. That’s why we need good tasty supplements like Horlicks to enrich the nutrients and immunity and help Children grow taller, stronger and sharper. Because once you are strong inside, you can grow outside healthy.

Once the presentation was over, we had an interaction session between nutrients, doctors and Horlicks Team. It was a good enlightening session, though I do not want to press more on it as it would sound more like a promotional post rather than an experience. We had a quiz after the session which Saby’s team won. Our team got four or five points I guess.

What I missed or got changed in the meet was the interaction session between bloggers like it used to happen before years – where bloggers go around with a chart and pen, meet fellow new bloggers, share URL, twitter handle and other info. It certainly helped find new friends. What happened in this meet was an interaction session over dinner. Most of the bloggers, including me, was busy eating the delicious dinner served instead of moving around to meet and greet people. The best part of the meet was my conversation with CS on writing and books and with Leo on Haiku and SOL Launch. It’s such a pleasure to meet and thanks with them.

After the dinner we received gift hampers from Horlicks (a pack of two Horlicks Bottles). Thank you, Horlicks Team.

It was a good experience overall! #Immunity4Growth Meet Rocks! Thank you IB Team for making it happen. I am looking forward to meet bloggers again and this time, I wish we have a proper interaction session.

I am feeling good to publish a post after a long gap. See you all soon with another interesting post. Till then take care.

A day with Bikram…

Why I am so excited to meet my friend Bikram? I never can answer this but I am excited. I woke up early in the morning and started my journey to Birmingham. As soon as I reached the station, ‘Birmingham New Street’, I informed about my arrival to Bikram. He came to pick me up in his car, ‘Hey Hi….’ ‘Hi… This is Saravana’ and we started sharing about us. I never knew he was a cop in Birmingham and I was happy to hear, ‘A COP… Wow…’

‘Where you wish to go?’
‘Well… I want to visit Balaji Temple’

So he took me to the temple and on the way he showed me the station he works, 10 year old McD (PS: It was constructed in less than 48 hours) I gone mad on hearing it. The temple looked very calm and I clicked few pics there.

On the way, back he took me to McD and we had a coffee there. Wow, the McD looks very cool but I still cannot believe it was built in less than 48 hours. He then took me to Chennai dosa, and my God the food was too tastier, we had a nice breakfast.

We then went to Birmingham, the ICC where iPhone was launched then to REP, convention centre, the man made canals, and to sea life… I was very very excited to see those huge buildings, well-furnished ones. And Sea Life is chanceless, it is too good, how many creatures, how unique they are, how cool they are… I just loved it… Bikram thank you so so much, because of you only I saw my first 4D movie, wow it was too good man and the splash of water, that too really was too good, I just loved it man..

We then went to many shops, purchased few things and later he took me to Edgbaston Cricket Club, I clicked few snaps of it. He then dropped me in the station back and left for the day…

I really want to thank Bikram for making me smile all throughout the day. Thank you so so much man… We will meet soon in London too.

Here are the pics taken…

PS: I will be publishing, “Searching her… in the streets of London #2 before EOD today” so stay glued..