On a dreary late Thursday
I sat mulling at Excel at my bay
Looking forward to a morose weekend ahead
Of changing diapers and partying in my head
Until I got a call…
That changed my plans all
Ting Ting went my phone
A telemarketer I thought, not someone of my own
Hi there..I am calling from Indiblogger
Would you like to come to Goa on an all expenses paid tour?
I jumped out of my seat
My mind agog, all upbeat
Tata Motors beckoned me
Come to Goa and see
The new Tata Zica
Come and ride it Chica!
Saturday dawned and I was on my way
Sadly I reached a little late due to some delay
Excellent Tata hospitality awaited me
Where everything was generous and all free!
The Alila Diwa Goa so serene and calm
A breeze, a flutter, the salty mist, such a balm
Set amidst green plantations and many a tree
I never felt so alive, so free
And now for the best part
The closest to my heart
I finally met the bloggers out there
Did I meet them earlier. Not really but who cares!
A new bunch of people I thought I knew
Only because of their blogs and twitter. It’s true.
Friendships were forged in the twinkling of seconds
At the end of the 2 days many were friends for life I reckon
Beauty, Lifestyle, Fashion, Travel,
Personal, Technology, Food all unraveled
An eclectic group of bloggers
Finally met the faces behind the handles and verbal wars
The Tata motors mascot , Lionel Messi, Made of Great
Integrity and talent who everyone loved to adulate
Was introduced to us in a funky locker room of fame
With lockers and Tshirts in our name
As we waited with our breath bated,
Suddenly, the locker room split and doors parted
To reveal the all new Tata Zica
In its flaming sunburst orange glory
With features explained by the passionate Tata team
It looked like a mighty big win
Sleek silhouette, a svelte body, and features galore
The Car looked gorgeous all ready to explore
Alas, we would have to wait till next day
On the lanes of Goa to drive her away
But a party awaited us next
Where we could just relax
The #fantastico cocktail party was in full swing
Where dresses were pretty and full of bling
White, pink, Purple and black
And heels went clickety clack
Where pretty cocktails and mocktails flowed
While talented singers went to take a bow
Our talented bloggers crooned
And karaoked the night under the stars and the moon
Thus the day ended
And so does this narration
But wait, the Tata Zica ride is what made the whole trip so special!
Well, that’s all the cheesy poetry (If I can dare call a bunch of rhymes that) I can write..
One week past the Goa weekend, and my mind still wanders to the fantastic(o) time it was. Tata motors and Indiblogger had taken a lot of care in organizing the event and kudos for pulling it all off so seamlessly to make for a brilliant experience.
And if the lines were too cheesy up there (half of which I published as an afterthought), here is the experience in a few lines of the easier to write prose 🙂
The MadeofGreat tag line for the new car being launched is pretty apt and I am going to call it the MadeofGreat trip in my next lines, was one of the best trips I have had for a long time. It was all the more special because it was with people who barely knew each other, but knew each other really well because of their words, and thoughts through prolific blogs.
The Alila Diwa resort which was our home for the two days that we were there, is a fantabulous property set on lush greens. The sprawling property has green views everywhere you look and calming canals and fountains that are indeed very pleasing to the eye and a far cry from the urban jungle we were coming from.
We started off our Goa day with a refreshing beach sojourn. This was followed by high tea and an introduction to all the lovely bloggers who were present. The Tata Motors team, who were indeed very hospitable every minute that we were there, then ushered us into the funky locker room complete with individual lockers assigned to us with #MadeofGreat merchandise just for us.
Celebrity VJ, Cyrus Sahukar, who was the ‘head coach’ kept us entertained as we heard the story of their journey to making this car truly great and worthy of Lionel Messi, the star footballer mascot.
The wow moment was certainly when the locker room walls parted and the car was revealed in all its sunbursting orange glory. The excitement was palpable as we all enthusiastically went to explore the car and we couldn’t wait for the next day when we would finally get to drive the car and see if it fared as well in the drive as it looked.
All in all, a great day culminating with an exciting cocktail party complete with Karaoke with talented singers in the group regaling us all.
Stay tuned for more on the car and the fantastic drive the next day.