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|
|Everyone wanted to capture the moments with Anil Kapoor|
|Anil with the IndiBloggers and the winning Tweeples|
After the plant visit, we headed towards the Lake House. En route we passed the dog training centre, where two of the trained dogs and their no-smile all stern faced trainers ‘greeted’ us. At the Lake House, Anil Kapoor was scheduled to address the audience, which was a mix of Tata senior employees, Dealers, Winning tweeples and us - the bloggers. There we were given a chance to be photographed with the Anil on stage. That was the only interaction we had with him, and after the scheduled tasks like felicitating the Dealers, photo-ops, he left the place. We had our lunch thereafter, received goodie bag and finally left for Mumbai at around 4PM.
|Trained dog and his trainer in the Lake House|
|A beautiful lane taking us to the Lake House|
|Anil addressing the audience|
|Anil being presented with the exclusive Safari jacket|
(Shy, I so much wanted that jacket :/)
|Anil being presented with the limited edition 24 - Tata Storme|
(I would have bargained for it against that jacket :p)
Though most of us missed the exclusive interaction with Anil, we thoroughly enjoyed the Plant visit. Those few hours spent at the Tata Motors plant were really enchanting and Abhinav and Ira didn’t left any stone unturned to make us feel like celebrities. For me, certainly visiting the plant and knowing awesome bloggers like Meghna, Vaishakhi, Nandini, Deepti and also Ekta was much more rewarding than having a pic with Anil Kapoor, honestly!
|IndiBloggers - A prized picture :)|
|A cute gift from Indiblogger-Tata as we couldn't meet Anil 'exclusively'|
Thanks to Indiblogger and Tata Motors for such an awesome visit to the plant and meetup with Anil Kapoor. I loved being there and felt proud to pay homage to the workplace of Tatas, I really mean it.
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