Skip to main content

Tata Safari Storme Meet with Anil Kapoor and Indibloggers

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. 
Torture Track
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! Shy!
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.                                  

And in the end...the Muscular Tata Safari Storme...
For more pics, click here.
Top Blogs Related Posts with Thumbnails
Enhanced by Zemanta

Popular posts from this blog

Trekking Ghansoli Gawli Dev (Parsik) Hill

It’s been there for geological ages, we have been looking at it for last about 4years and I have been planning to trek it since a long time. Finally, few weeks back, we trekked the Ghansoli Hill.

Ghansoli Hill is located at the eastern boundary of Ghansoli town, behind our office complex at RCP. The hill or better hillock is a part of small range that separates Kalyan and Navi Mumbai towns. A search on Google Map returns with a name Parsik Hill for it, though there is one more rather famous Parsik Hill in Navi Mumbai. We also found a NewsArticle, that talks about NMMC plans to develop Nature Awareness Centre at this hills and calls it Gawli Dev Hill. Here, we would be calling it Ghansoli Hill. I asked my colleague about it and he readily agreed. The very next Sunday we did it with another friend. We weren't aware of the route. All we knew is that a Central Road runs along the western edge of the hill and can be reached through the Vashi-Mhape road. We later found that there’s a Bus…

A Day at Global Vipassana Pagoda (A Photo Story)

What I like most about the cities we live in is the places we generally not aware about. Like the case of one of its own kind Butterfly Park of Thane, which is at stone throw distance from my place and I came to knew about it a few months back only. Then there is this Pagoda – another one of its own kind – world renowned and still not known to many city dwellers. We visited this place to take pictures and let me confirm it, we were stoned by the colors and the mystical sky (check out the Photo Story at the bottom of the post)
Located at Northern most corner of the Megacity of Mumbai, across the Gorai creek, Global Vipassana Pagoda is a meditation hall built out of gratitude to the Buddha, his teaching and the community of monks practicing his teaching (Wikipedia).  The Pagoda is also known for being built on the world's largest stone dome without any supporting pillars, at height of ~29 metres and external diameter 94.82-97.46 m. It is, thus, twice the size of the Gol Gumbaz Dome in…

Trekking Naneghat in Monsoon

Naneghat has been like an annual pilgrimage for me. So, when I planned for the ride and trek this year, I was sure I wouldn’t be blogging about it. But the way it turned out to be – I couldn’t resist jotting it down and share. On just a few days’ notice three Decide&RideTM Bullet guys agreed for the ride and trek along with a colleague and my roommate. Plan was simple - Ride/ Food/ Trek/ Food/ Trek down/ Food/ Ride back. Itinerary included Heavy to moderate Rain and Fatigue with Directions, misdirection, lot of fresh pahadi water, scenery and slips. We started it at around 6 AM morning. It was raining since last evening, and when we started it was still raining. Josh took Ashutosh as pillion and Abhishek hoped on to my pillion seat, Sandy was to join us at Kalyan naka with Monty – who found his bull not ready for ride and had to cancel it (though he rushed and did power-trek to meet us at top later). Anyways, it was still raining when we met at Kalyan naka and left for Naneghat.