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The First Wayanad Tweetup

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At the Sultan Bathery Tweetup (L->R) EM Safeer, Historian OK Johny, Dr Sateesh

Before arrival in Sultan Bathery(Kerala) on Day 6 of the BSA Tour Of Nilgiris, there was word about something called a tweetup being on the agenda for the evening. Not many of the riders on the tour are twitter users but nonetheless, they showed up by the poolside at Hotel Issac’s Regency and participated in a thought-provoking discussion, for around an hour. This, coincidentally, happened to be the first tweetup in Wayanad.

The local stalwarts(seen in the snap) applauded the initiative, that is the BSA TFN. Discussions about how such a tour could act a platform for the greater good of the society were the highlight of the session. Donating cycles to those that can’t afford, tying up with NGO’s were some ideas thrown in.

Riders vowed that such things would be planned in advance for the next edition of the tour.

I caught up with Anita Bora, a twitter user riding on the tour to know what she felt about it – Although I do not know how exactly we might help, but it is definitely a good discussion to have. Besides, any such initiative taken must not be limited to Wayanad. We could plan for other such places we ride by, while touring next year.

The tweetup provided a new perspective to the riders. Besides being bound by the common thread of being environmental friendly, adventure freaks and nature lovers there were more serious pain-points that a tour like BSA TFN could alleviate. And they could be a part of it. Riders left the poolside hungrier … for action and of course, for food. The Kerela cuisine on offer satisfied the hunger pangs of one kind.

However, where the hunger for such activist action drives them, still remains to be seen.

Thanks to the enthusiastic and energetic VM Sajan, an active tweeter from Wayanad, for coordinating the entire event.

Written by Sangfroid

December 25, 2009 at 9:17 am

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  1. The name Wayanad comes from ‘Vayal’ and ‘Nadu’ which means the land of paddy fields. It’s really rich in nature with all those rolling hills and tropical rainforests. Edakkal caves are great too.

    Wayanad Traveler

    May 9, 2010 at 9:35 pm


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