Thursday, January 26, 2012

When FarmVille Neighbors Meet In Real Life

"They got acquainted in the blogosphere, became neighbors in FarmVille, and finally became neighbors in real life too!"

This plot could have converted into such an awesome Bollywood 'masala' movie -- complete with a humor sideline, involving a thoda-sa-jhepu "gora" journalist and a super-bindaas Negro woman -- but alas, there's no "hero" in the story! And how can there possibly be a Bollywood 'masala' movie without a hero AND heroine?

Well, the two characters of this story are Shilpa Garg and "yours truly". And we're not exactly "neighbors", but then 8 kilometers isn't too far either, right?

So anyways, here's a pop quiz for you all. When one avid-blogger-cum-crazy-farmer meets another equally-avid-blogger-but-retired-crazy-farmer, what do you expect they'd talk about? Oh, and don't forget, they're both females too!

Yes, you're right. They'd talk about blogging (obviously!)... and its pros and cons. And they'd talk about farming... and its cons. And that's it?

Wrong! That's NOT it!

Always remember: Bloggers, by themselves, are a very talkative species. But if they are females, AND they've been crazy enough to get into FarmVille (and that too by FOUR different accounts each on Facebook)... then, God help you, there's no stopping them!

So Shilpa and I met last Monday Tuesday and went to the Jaipur Literature Festival, where there was little literature and more festival. Crisp sunshine, hot ginger tea in 'kulhars', and conversations that seemed to never end.

In the roughly three hours that we spent together, we naturally talked about blogging and FarmVille, but other than that, we also talked about professional writing, Google transliteration, adsense, entrepreneurial ventures of other blog buddies, bottles of Old Monk, clothes, pencil heels, stealing money plant, real estate in Jaipur, our families, salt and pepper hair, driving, twitter time lines, our work, and a hundred other trivial things.

In fact, we were so busy talking that we even forgot to take any pictures of our meet, and the camera was sitting right there between us all the while! I did make a mental note before leaving the house, that we'll take some pics for our posts. (Well, it was obviously understood that we both WOULD blog about it... we are bloggers after all!) But then it completely slipped my mind.

It's really strange, isn't it? With some people, even an hour seems so long, but with others, time just seems to grow wings and fly. And surprisingly, unlike the previous bloggers' meet at Delhi, which took weeks of planning, this one was so impromptu!

Looking forward to other hang outs with her. And hopefully, we'll remember to click some pictures of us next time! So that I wouldn't have to hunt for cartoons of bloggers meets on Google images.

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14 comments:

Neha said...

Let me come straight to the point - did you guys talk about me? :P

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Come to Jaipur, and then we'll talk about you! :D

rads said...

wow..dat is so cool!..i've met a lot of blogging friends like you but my relation is only online..i wud love to meet some in real life too...

Ava Suri said...

Lovely, I have met a blogger friend or two and it is always such a completing experience.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Rads, You are one of those bloggers that I would love to meet in real life some day.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Ava, I have met 8 bloggers now in real life. And each one was different. Really interesting experiences.

Priya Sreeram said...

tht's nice to meet a virtual identity in real time ! and yes u both must have rocked Jaipur !

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thanks for dropping by, Priya! :) Yes, we did have a great time. Where do you stay?

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

:-)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

And what are you smiling for? The missed opportunity of meeting "Kaddu the great"!?

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Ahem, I smiled because I enjoyed reading this post.

I live in the fond hope that Her Exalted Greatness would be magnanimous and present me with another opportunity to meet her someday. Would she, I wonder? Am I clinging to a false hope? Will I turn a doddering old grandfather who gazes longingly, wistfully at the inedible bowl of pumpkin curry his wicked daughter-in-law serves him because it reminds him of that one tragically missed opportunity of meeting K the G? Or will he be given a chance, another golden opportunity, by Kaddu the Kind to redeem himself and die with a satisfied smile? Stay tuned. Tudug tudug tudug.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Hahahahahah! You are simply too funny!

Shilpa Garg said...

How did I miss this post of yours!! :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

You did? Really ?? :O :O :O How ???

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