And… WE DID IT!! We won the first ever Bloggers Premier League 🙂 by Cafe Ginger Chai dot Com. The Tigers roared all the way through, and swept most of the awards too 🙂 When Cafe Ginger chai announced BPL, I was very excited!! It was an innovative concept,something nobody had tried earlier. And considering the number of players (6 groups of 8 players each), and the fact that this contest would run into a couple of weeks.. fortnights even, it seemed to be quite a challenge!!
Neha and Kanagu have already blogged about our Journey in BPL.. and I would just like to add this… When Cafe Ginger Chai and LakshmiRajan announced the Teams, I was so sceptical, because I did not know anybody!! But I knew, for sure, that team performance would be so much better if we already had great team dynamics in place.
Fortunately, for us, Neha and I hit it off on Day 1, and we chatted on FB like long lost friends 🙂 She was my pillar of support, friend, guide.. and source of encouragement all through the League. And ofcourse, like I mentioned earlier on her blog, she is a chatterbox, leader, busy little girl – all rolled into one – I called her my favourite ‘Hitler’ 🙂 And to think that I subsequently wrote on Hitler in one of the rounds and topped that category 😉 (so much for modesty..phew!!)
At first, GC announced a WARM-UP round, to introduce ourselves. This was perhaps, the best thing they did 🙂 It gave us all a fair chance to get to know our writing skills and interests. Which was very important for a ‘team’ to perform ‘together’. Neha and I were chatting (again) on FB, and we decided to go ahead with the Limericks format, because Neha had already done some work in that genre, and I found it very interesting too. The rest of the team took to this idea so readily, and in no time, we had an awesome set of limericks to present!!
It was at this stage, that 2 out of 8 members disappeared 🙂 And therein was a grand entrance made by Kanagu 😉
Now we had this super-duper-writer who calls himself IdliVadaSambar 😉 and his email Id has a ‘king’ in it, so he became our defactor King Sudhakar:-) I had never read his work earlier, but this 55-er took my breath away 🙂 and I just KNEW that he was a hell of a player in BPL 🙂 Infact EVERY post by Sudhi was a stunner in its own right, and I am so glad he was adjudged Best Male Player of the entire tournament. He completely deserved it!!!
We had this particular round, where the teams had to come up with a Magazine name, and Sudhi stunned us by designing an entire Magazine itself!!! Infact, it was so fantastic, that somebody even contacted Saurabh, to ask if he could write for our next edition!!!
To complement King, we had a Himalayan-returned Debs, who charged into action with a whopper of a post. Again, it was her little 55-er that gave me clear indication of what a fantastic performer she would be in the rounds to come 🙂 True to it, she won almost every time she wrote something!! Proud of you, Debs!
Infact one of her posts in the tournament was so exceptional, that in a fit of frenzy, I vowed that I would give up blogging, if her post did not win. Luckily, she won 😉 😉
Kanagu – as you all know – is this simple, sweet guy. Pretends to work at office, but is mostly blogging away. What I like most about him is that he is so unassuming, so humble, that he simply takes on ANY topic assigned to him or left out after everyone else had chosen. He’s such a no-fuss guy, and we could always count on him, to write some strong analytical stuff on even the most boring topic. I especially liked his post on Education – totally rocking!!
Arpita – Unfortunately, I haven’t read much of her work, and since I am miles away from Poetry as a genre, I cannot comment much on her work. Though, she was a very sweet and encouraging Teammie 🙂 She was always there with kind words for me and the rest of the team, and with suggestions and comments 🙂
Rashmi – Again, sweet little kid. At the times she wasn’t writing exams, she was working really hard at blogging, creating interesting posts like her Aliens Report. Always ready to take feedback from the rest of the team, this little girl was a pleasure to have around.
Saurabh – How could I forget my favourite hip hop guy!! I call him that, because that’s what his email ID sounds like 🙂 He would churn out hilarious posts, though I really wish his ‘Maa’ interview had won – it was outstanding 🙂 And I remember one comment of his, on this post of mine ‘Princess of the Dark’ – when he said he was happy to have lived to read my post 🙂 I was utterly humbled and touched *tears in my eyes*
So thank you, LakshmiRajan, Mani Padma and Cafe Ginger Chai team. Thank you, AWESOME PANEL OF JUDGES, for giving us this super duper opportunity to get to read a bunch of utterly talented bloggers.
And ofcourse, for having ajudged us THE WINNERS OF THE BLOGGERS PREMIER LEAGUE 🙂 HURRAY! ROARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR……