I was waiting for 17th Nov. since last 3 months, from the day BNLF (Blog Now, Live Forever) was announced on Indiblogger’s social media channels. The dates were etched in my mind for several reasons, and self attainment was indeed the biggest of them all. Yes, it was worth a wait! Those 3 days ended with sheer euphoria! I got what I waited for! Bliss…!
#BNLF and #V0W2017 has surely grabbed that special place in my heart as I discovered ‘a new me’ during those 3 days. Did so many things for the first time or after a long gap! Like, I traveled alone after 32 years! Last time, I traveled alone to ISM, (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad to attend East Zone Youth Festival in 1985, representing my university (I was a college going teen then). Had undergone a ‘facial’ for the first time, all thanks to my daughter Maitreni who wanted me to look good (but I ended up with a swollen face with rashes all over). 😀 Missed a flight for the first time in my life despite being at the airport and a decent layover of 2 hours at Indira Gandhi T3 Delhi Airport!
I was missing all such silly mistakes, mischief , fun, spunk and spice in my life since long — all thanks to my overtly conscious personality, laden maturity and self-imposed responsibilities through years! Someone rightly complimented me sometimes back, “Are you, by any chance, 1000 years old?” 😀
Now coming back to BNLF! Those 3 days definitely had a momentous impact on my life which I would never forget. The experience, there at Dehradun had embarked indelible imprints on me. Witnessing and interacting with fellow bloggers was surely the cherry on the cake!. BNLF and Valley of Words 2017 was indeed the serendipity, we all bloggers were seeking for since last 2 years. Bloggers from different genres, people of various sensibilities were accumulated under one roof, protruding as warriors from different empires possessing a common sword— Words!
DAY1: Live Music Performance by Dehradun’s very own Bobby Cash at BNLF
DAY 2: Music Performance by various artists at BNLF, Dehradun!
Meeting with those awesome people in person, with whom I’ve always interacted and appreciated, was kind of a dream come true. I met many of my favorite writers and poets. We’d developed a strong virtual bond by reading and commenting on each other’s post and through social media, without even meeting in person before. It was a delight meeting with two of the eminent bloggers, the wizard of words Mr. Rakesh Pandey from ‘Tales of the Opal Moon’ and enlightened thinker Mr. Ravish Mani from ‘The Way of Looking’, as I’ve been a great fan of their scribings.
SEO King Mr. Kishore Kumar, Sports blogger Mr. Vikram Kamboj and Manpreet Kaur from ‘Finix Post’,were indeed a treat to meet with. I’ve got some awesome clicks with Manpreet, all thanks to her Indian Booktuber’s team. I’ve even shot by #Inditeam’s shutterbugs and loving my pictures on there fb page.
Last, but not the least, it was the #inditeam which made this BNLF experience consequential at par. Their congeniality, warmth and personal touch while dealing the situations, are the qualities I’ve always appreciated about them. Indiblogger is known for their phenomenal teamwork and integrity towards blogging, but I’ve seen their compassion and concern this time when I was not feeling well. I was offered all sorts of help and facilities to feel comfortable there. I’ve attended a couple of indimeets in past but this bnlf was indeed the best experience I’ve ever had. Waiting for the next one with bated breath!
Just 2 days and lots to explore! There are many facets of BNLF and Valley of Words that remained unexplained in this post! Book Launches, Exhibitions, Live music, Poetry recitation, food stalls and much more- wish I could amalgamate all in this ‘too personal’ post of mine, but I’m afraid it could have become too long and tedious to read! I attended a couple of book launches too, but what I enjoyed to the core was undoubtedly the live music show of Bobby Cash on Day 1. And not to mention, the star attraction of the event was the nerve gripping anchoring of the host Anoop who kept the jubilant spirit of Indiblogger alive. It was quite a fun watching people enjoying all the games and activities. Special thanks to Arjun, Saurabh, Nandita, and Mr. Renie Ravin for being on the toes throughout the event to make the it a huge success!
PS: The best experience of this trip was sharing those 2 days with my friend, (being a journalist, she was on a secret mission, so requested me not to reveal her name) who became the part and parcel of my life during the trip. Not only she had shared her room, food etc. with me, but also shot my best clicks, the way I was never clicked before. Thank you for making me look beautiful (which I’m certainly not).
Those two days were indeed a dream come true for me! I would like to dedicate a Hindi verse (a Sher from my new Ghazal) to those memories engraved in my heart that are going to last forever…..
दो कदम साथ चल बिछड़ लिए, सपने ही थे,
किस कदर फेरें मुँह उनसे कि वो अपने ही थे …
Pic Courtesy: Indiblogger & Manpreet Kaur