Sunday, June 28, 2015

#LiveLodgycal by BlogAdda


Cars have always fascinated for me and I try to keep myself updated with the happenings in the auto world and the dream of a LandRover still races in my head. So when Harish called me for an event at Goa and having been part of the last event for Tata Zest, I confirmed my participation without a delay. I got to know it was an event by Renault India for their newly launched MPV, the Renault Lodgy. What was more exciting for me was the prospect of meeting several bloggers of various genre’s and spending 2 days with them, that was something I didn’t want to let go off…

Unlike the last event, this one was to be for two days and I had just two things in minds, connect with people and have a fun time and well, I truly lived up to it :)



(L-R --> Ankita, Ankita, Tridib, Sushma from blogadda; Harish is missing here)

I truly appreciate the team of Harish, Ankita Vadhel, Ankita Banerjee, Sushma & Tridib at BlogAdda who took our feedback from earlier events and truly bought in those changes that ensured we had a pretty good time with a mix of leisure, fun, activities and purpose. Three cheers team, you guys are rocking the blog-o-sphere.

We were grouped into teams much before our arrival and the teams would compete in doing some activities that had prizes up for grabs. We were hosted at ‘The Leela, Mobor, Goa’ for the two days we stayed there. The property is huge and sprawling and caters to the elite class with a range of rooms and suites that cater to your taste and needs. The lobby itself was a huge sprawling hall and we were received cordially by the staff followed by the registration and welcome shakes from the Renault India and the BlogAdda team.



(our deluxe suite at The Leela, Goa)

Networking started from the airport itself where I met the Bengaluru brigade, about 12 of us, people from different genres of blogging and traveling on the same aircraft helped. Prashanth, Vamshi, Piyush, Giri, Parineeta, Madhumita, Thakker brothers (Nirav & Prateek), Jobo and Ankit were some of the bloggers whom I met with at the airport.

RJ Archana from Radio Mirchi, Mumbai was the host for the event who kept the bloggers involved through discussions, talk and fun. That was followed by the talk and presentations from the Renault India team briefing us about the history of the company, the making and all about the product. Well, they were glad to have us there and we all were more than excited. I finally met up with our team that had myself, Parineeta, Tina Acharya and Omkar Thakur (both from Mumbai) and we came up with a name for the team at the last moment… called #OrganisedChaos! (We lived up to the name being organized in the tasks and created good amount of chaos at the event).

(Team #OrganisedChaos)

Monsoon time and rains were evident all through the 3 days right from bloggers from Mumbai getting stuck in bad rain traffic to the rains lashing Goa through the two days of the event and it was fun driving around, lazing or at the beach.
(photos by Renault India team during the event)

(photo by BlogAdda team)

The next day was the day of the ride, filled with multiple tasks for the teams to complete and the twitter was abuzz with #LiveLodgycal, so much so that it was one of the top trending topics, power of bloggers you see! We drove up to The Lalit, about 35kms away for lunch and some video bytes shooting by the Renault India team and drove back to The Leela by evening. All of us shared the driving and photo sessions were multiple throughout the day. It was fun discussing various topics, completing the tasks and importantly the drive through scenic roads of Goa.


The evening after the drive was much livelier with few bloggers sharing their experiences of their blogging journey and some of them were truly inspiring stuff to listen to. Post this was ‘complete energetic chaos’ for the next few hours as the number one band in Goa, Forefront took center stage and the dance floor was occupied by ‘spirited’ bloggers, dancing away to glory, truly living a bloggers life, celebrating an eventful day (Neha stole the show churning out some wonderful songs). I and few others also contributed to the high spirits dancing away to glory at the dinner plates and snoring away to glory much before the ‘spirited party’ came to an end.

Here's a small fun video I made of the party...




Through the event, I met up with Senthil, Dr Roshan, , Ayan, Deepak, Manjulika, Ankit, Rutavi, Sharon, Ragini, Ashwin, Sourabh and many others from different parts of India who had all come to experience the #LiveLodgycal way of life.


(with @payaniga Prashanth and Giri, @cgiridhar)



I and Prashanth were up early and the rains couldn’t stop us from venturing to the beach, joined later by Giri and Vamshi in contradiction to others who were still lazing around trying to overcome the overnight spirits. We had heavy fun at the beach enacting few plays, captured them, edited, loaded and shared with fellow bloggers at the event nicknamed as the ‘Beach buggies’ series of videos, all done on our OnePlus One mobile devices, such is the power of the mobile device nowadays.

I leave you to watch them and please share them if you like it.




We were back at the breakfast table to hog before our flight but a delayed flight ensured we had more time than wanted to spend at The Leela and we finally made to the airport after hogging lunch and bidding goodbye to the fellow bloggers who were returning on different flights. It was a well-orchestrated event with loads of fun, laughter, sharing, networking, knowledge, activities and most importantly driving around the new Renault Lodgy.

I had a jolly good time meeting a lot of new bloggers and having awesome fun along with it and true to our team name, we created organised chaos and emerged as the top team to help ourselves to an iPad each, #OrganisedChaos.

I made a short video collage of the entire event, please have a look...



If you want to look at more photos from the event, please head to Renault India Facebook album here or the BlogAdda Facebook album here.

And, also do read the experience posts of these fellow bloggers.
BlogAdda post on their blog here
Dr Roshan
Piyush
Ankit Jain
Giri

I was a part of the #LiveLodgycal Drive by BlogAdda.com in association with Renault India.

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