It was not just another sunny Weekday, it was a day when we were scheduled to meet and have lunch with non-other than the Jhakkas Anil Kapoor. Well, it all started a few days back at around 11PM when I received this mail from Indiblogger to confirm if I would like to have an Exclusive Lunch with Anil Kapoor courtesy Tata Storme and 24 – The Show. Not very much into Bollywood, I asked my friends should I go. And, it was like everybody had a single answer, of course. (check out the the blogpost which led me to this meet)
I was picked up at Vashi with another Indiblogger Deepti by Abhinav in a Bus bound to Pune from Dadar. There I met Ira and another guy (probably Varun) and also the other 3 bloggers (Megahna, Nandini and Vaisakhi). A group of tweeples was also there, who have won some twitter contest. As the journey took its course, I befriended with the Bloggers and few of the tweeples. With the day unfolding we came to know more about the event.
|Inside the Tata Motors' Pune Plant|
We reached Tata’s Pune factory at around 10 AM, and Ira took the bloggers with her for an exclusive tour of the plant. I must say it was a fascinating trip. Fun wasn’t just watching Anil Kapoor and his awed fanfare but also witnessing the karma-bhoomi of visionaries like of JRD and Ratan Tata. The trip did recalled me the famous story of Sudha Murthy and her postcard on gender bias at the TELCO (now Tata Motors Ltd), which made her the first female engineer in the ‘fraternity’. Touring in an open Tata Safari we saw the assembly line, press line, research centre etc along with the convoy of Anil Kapoor and Tata Motors Sr VP Ankush Arora. Hopping in and out of our vehicle, Tata executives were more than eager to share with us about the different departments of the factory. I particularly like the Torture track where some combat truck was undergoing some tests.
With fans (of course of Anil
Kapoor) all around cheering and clicking snaps, taking videos, we seriously
felt like celebrities at that time. I wonder did they try searching for our
faces in the later episodes of 24!
|My first shot....Anil with the plant employees|