Skip to main content

#WIN15 - A day to remember.

            Becoming a member of Blogadda would bring about a change in my life, is something that I had never imagined. It has its reasons. I was new to the world of blogging, had no idea what I would blog about and had not an inkling what prompts were! On top of that, I also had no idea that there are awards for blogging, an event which I would get to attend one day and meet my favourite bloggers! Yes, thanks to Blogadda, I did get to meet some amazing writers and read their blogs and learn so much from them. And, thanks to Blogadda, I also attended the most amazing awards ceremony ever!

        The awards function was, frankly, something I wasn't keen on attending, thanks to the blues. But, one phone call from a Blogadda team member made me change my mind in a jiffy! I decided to attend the event, after all, and drive those nasty blues away. Was I glad I attended the event! I finally got to meet my favourite bloggers from my blogging group, The  BAR! People I had met online, read their work and learnt from them were there, standing with me, chatting like old friends. It sure was an exhilarating experience.

     Then, there was the venue. Well, I should have mentioned about it earlier in the  post, but I got carried away thinking about my  blogging idols! So, a venue as opulent as The JW Marriott Sahar had to be special. And pampering the bloggers seemed to be the plan for the day! Team Blogadda  had it all chalked out in collaboration with The Marriott. Lavish spread of a thousand varieties of breakfast and lunch and snacks; the most talented  guest speakers to give us some valuable lessons on blogging, and of course, an electric emcee of a guy, Siddharth Kannan,  to engage the audience with his wit and high spirits! What more could one ask for?

       The guest speaker I truly enjoyed listening to was, of course, Natasha Badhwar, who conducted an interactive session on creative writing. She spoke about how we could express our ideas fearlessly. And, also, Ajay Jain, the debonair travel blogger, who showed us how we could travel the world and earn from blogging about it! Fun, right?! There were others, who also enlightened us with their knowledge, passed on valuable information that could help us in honing our talent and gaining from it, too. There was Lakshmi PraturyRezwan IslamSruthijit KK from The Huffington Post, Ashok Lalla, and many more. Thanks to these greats, we came away with a lot of information we fail to find elsewhere.

      The very motivational talks left me impressed. It made me take a step back and give considerable thought to my blogging style, and come to a conclusion that I need to bring a fresh change to my writing. Who knows, one day I might end up on that stage to receive an award for my blog! Wishful thinking, eh? Well, I would call that positive thinking. But, that is what Blogadda has done for me. Change my perspective and give me the strength to make a wish for something I haven't wished for.

      My writer friends Sid BalachandranVidya Sury and  Sakshi Nanda who won the prestigious awards that night made it all the more memorable, making it a happy moment. Happy and full of hope! Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I couldn't wait for the release of the book, Game of blogs, by Suchitra Krishnamurthy. But, I did see the pictures and read about the finale on Dr. Roshan Radhakrishnan's blog, Godyears. It sure was a classic finale!

      So, first of all, cheers to Team Blogadda for arranging and managing such a fantabulous event - The #Win15 blogging awards (which was trending on twitter at no. 1)! Second of all, thank you to you all at Blogadda, for making my day special. And, thirdly, well, some pictures I managed to click at the venue. There are just a few pictures, as I really couldn't take my eyes off of anything. Star-struck that I was that day!
                                                           
THE cake!
     
Before the show began...
Me and my BAR mates.
The emcee, SID K.








































                 So, these are  some sweet memories of the biggest  blogging event of the nation, The Blogadda Win15 Awards! Waiting for next year. Already! 

Comments

  1. Sounds like it really was a fun event, Shilpa :) Am so glad you had fun! Yes, may you soon be up on stage to receive an award too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, it sure was a fun event, but you were missed....yes, you were....
      And, thank you so much! I really hope I make it someday! :)

      Delete
  2. It seemed like a grand celebration Shilpa :-)..
    Dropping via blogadda after reading their post on #win15.
    Have a great day ahead .
    Hugs <3

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, it was a great celebration, Sweety!
      Thank you for visiting! :)

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

A pleasant surprise.

Life does that. Springs surprises when you are least expecting any. And  you are left baffled, overwhelmed, ecstatic, and, surprised, too! You find it unbelievable that such a thing could happen with you. And, it takes a lot of probing and analysing to finally accept that something this unimaginable could happen to you, too!

              The above emotions are  what I went through when I received a message from the Manager of Baggout that my blog had been selected as one of the 15 best love and relationships blogs in India. I must have read the message 5 times and still found it unbelievable. In fact, I thought someone was playing a prank. I made enquiries, tried finding out all about Baggout and went back to where I was - in a state of utter disbelief! Call it low self esteem if you wish, but I wondered how  anyone could find my one and a half year old blog worthy of any such mention.

        The feeling was  good, nay, great. But, unless I saw it all in black and w…

The Pakistani Bride - Book Review.

I had been on quite a long reading hiatus, which, fortunately, ended last week. I bought not one, but three books of varied genres to begin afresh. I wrote about Love stories, an anthology edited by Ruskin Bond, and,  I let you go', by Clare Mackintosh. In today's post, I review the third book, 'The Pakistani Bride', by the internationally acclaimed  author, Bapsi Sidhwa.

   Her books have been translated and published in several languages and she has received many an honour for her literary works. As humbled as I feel reviewing her book, I hope I am able to do justice to her work. So, help me God.


The Pakistani Bride  is the story of Zaitoon, a little girl orphaned during the exodus that was the Partition of India and Pakistan. The bloodbath that led to a complete annihilation of the fabric of our country left countless families shattered and destructed.

 The following two lines  paint an accurate picture of  the aftermath of the Partition, of people's struggl…

The Wise Man Said - Book Review.

Book: The Wise Man Said.

Author: Priya Kumar.

Genre: Motivational.



The story in a nutshell: Sammy, an 80 year old billionaire, realises that the secret behind his success in life has been the various sacrifices he made along the way. One of the foremost being his neglect towards his family that rendered him a lonely soul bereft of a single person cheering him for his win in the race called 'life'. This realisation spurs him to leave behind his identity and money and participate in the life he missed out on. Eleven months in a year, he takes on a new identity and sets out to experience anything - even death - to participate in adventures across the world. All he carries with him are his curiosity and his willingness to experience anything that life may present him with.

The Wise Man Said is a collection of twelve stories from Sammy's adventures that he penned down in his diary; experiences from his exciting journey that left him feeling enriched and contented at a life well liv…