Monday, February 9, 2015

7th S&B Meet, Chennai, 08 Feb 2015

Here are the snaps of another memorable afternoon spent at The Presidency Club, Chennai in renewing old acquaintances and meeting new. Thanks to Bhavan for being the catalyst and thanks to Bhala for all the legwork in organising the event.

Bangalore was represented by a 6 strong contingent and Hyderabad made a maiden appearance with   2 attending from the twin cities not to forget one from the land of Oz. We had the pleasure this time of having 10 setters of THC in attendance. 

The meet was attended by

The Australian presence
K Bhavan (Buzzer) with Amudha and little Nina who were present for a short while.

The Bangalore Gang
Kishore M Rao (Incognito)
Shuchismita Upadhyay
AR Devanathan (Arden)
Mohsin Ahmed (Mac)
Aakash Sridhar (Exa)
Col Deepak Gopinath

The Chennai gang
Vijay Sarvagnam accompanied by his wife and brother-in-law
Bhalchandra Pasupathy (xChequer)
Shrikanth T (Afterdark)
CG Rishikesh (Gridman)
CG Bhargav
Abhay Phadnis
Arvind Ramaswamy
Ramki Krishnan (IXL 2014 Champion)
Lakshmi Vaidyanathan
Srividya Krishnaswamy
David Jayaprakash John
Ajeesh VM
N Rengaswamy
Padmanabhan PB
Navneeth Chandrasekaran

The Hyderabad Gang
Raghunath Parthasarathy (The Phantom)
Ramesh J (Sunnet)


 Awaiting the others. Vijay can be seen at the head of the table

 Almost all in. Mrs Vijay with her brother standing behind her are visible here

 Exam time with Buzzer's Teaser. Srividya can be seen in the corner at the rear

 5 more minutes

 Relieved after the exam

 Aakash, Bhavan and Devanathan in serious discussion


 Gridman, Afterdark, Exa, Buzzer, Bhala, Mac plotting outside

The Phantom joins the plotting gang. Wonder why Sunnet, Incognito and Arden went missing from this shot

 Abhay being congratulated (by an over happy Colonel) for his cracker of a Jumbo used as the prize special on the 6th Anniversary of the THCC Blog

 Arvind, Kishore and Laksmi strike a happy pose

 Awaiting the group shot

 Some more discussions. The venue of the meet 'Platinum point' can be seen in the background

 The happy posers are joined by 2 more though Gridman is striking a serious look

 Exa and David

 Bhavan, Shuchi and Mohsin exchanging notes

 Kishore, Devanathan, Laksmi and Shuchi flanking yours truly

 Bhala trying to convince Gridman to have a glass of beer (he finally succeeded)

Shuchi and Bhavan ...

 ... joined by Bhala and Shrikanth

 Kishore gets his prize from yours truly ...

 ... and so does Mohsin

 Mohsin, self and Ajeesh strike a pose

David clicking a selfie with me

The Groupie shot
Standing from LtoR - Lakshmi, Padmanabhan, Bhargav, Rengaswamy, Ramesh, Abhay, Rishikesh, Arvind, Ramki, Aakash, Devanathan, Mohsin, Kishore, Bhala, Raghunath, Self.
Sitting/Kneeling LtoR - Navneeth, Ajeesh, Shrikanth, Bhavan, David

Another groupie shot
Standing from LtoR - Lakshmi, Bhargav, Padmanabhan, Rengaswamy, Ramesh, Abhay, Rishikesh, Arvind, Shuchi, Devanathan, Ramki, Mohsin, Kishore, Raghunath.
Sitting/Kneeling LtoR - Navneeth, Ajeesh, Shrikanth, Bhavan, David, Aakash, Bhala.

PS - I wonder how no one managed to get a proper photo of Srividya as she is the only one missing from the photographs.

Ciao till we meet again hopefully in Hyderabad.


  1. Thanks for sharing Col! With so many of you in blue, I thought there was a dress code. :P
    Looking forward to a meet in Hyd.

    1. Let's say we wanted to give everyone the crossword blues :)

    2. No such issues for colour blind people.

  2. Met my online friends :) Very nice get together. Thanks Col sir & Bhala for this wonderful meeting :)
    Sandy Many of us were in blue but with big smiles on our face :D

  3. Bravo, Colonel, for being the glue which holds the gang together. It was nice to meet and socialise with each one of them.

  4. Nice to see the galaxy of the stalwarts!

  5. Nice pics. My classification of the group : Six-footers - Bhavan and Mohsin. Heavy-weights - Kishore, Colonel, Abhay and Bhala. Feather-weight - CV Sir. Beauties - Srividya, Lakshmi and Suchi. My only grouse is I coudn't get a clear view of our Hyderabad friend Ramesh aka Sunnet!
    Congrats to Bhala and Col Sir for successfully conducting such a mega meet. :)

    1. Addendum : Pl include Raghunath aka Phantom too under the head 'Feather-weights' so that CV Sir is not left alone!

  6. Thanks Deepak for sharing, and to everyone who managed to make it there and make it happen. Seems it needs someone like Bhavan or Gita to come over and act as a catalyst. Nice to have met and interacted with the group.

  7. Thanks a lot for putting these up uncle!
    Also, thanks to Bhala for being the host and everyone else who had come !
    Had a very enjoyable time !!
    Thank you !

  8. Great to have met you all. First real-life meeting with some, yet it felt like getting together with old friends.