MeFil #2 January 14, 2008 6:41 AM   Subscribe

Just wanted to express a very sincere and public thanks to hadjiboy for the second Hyderabad Meetup. And thanks for the gift!

Photo. Not only was hadjiboy sweet enough to meet this crazy, random American and his wife, but he showed up the next day at my hotel, gift in hand and took us on a tour of this wonderful city. What a guy!
posted by Slarty Bartfast to MetaFilter Gatherings at 6:41 AM (27 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Yay what a sweetheart!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:00 AM on January 14, 2008

Hospitality above and beyond. Top fella.
posted by Abiezer at 7:05 AM on January 14, 2008

Most excellent. I can't wait!
posted by Meatbomb at 7:26 AM on January 14, 2008

Very cool. Prepare for the influx, hadjiboy!
posted by Miko at 7:47 AM on January 14, 2008

Yeah, but let's see how hospitable he'll be at the nth meetup...
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:48 AM on January 14, 2008

posted by CitrusFreak12 at 7:59 AM on January 14, 2008

Sweeeeet! I'm looking at flights right now....Hyderabad, here I come!!!!
posted by typewriter at 8:04 AM on January 14, 2008

Did you check to see if you still have your wallet... and your kidneys?
posted by terrapin at 9:18 AM on January 14, 2008

I have to admit that I did not welcome Meatbomb with gifts when he visited Amsterdam.
Thankfully Meatbomb seemed perfectly able to find the typically Dutch treats on his own.
posted by jouke at 9:24 AM on January 14, 2008

Yes, but did you try some paan?

I have such a crush on hadjiboy ;-)
posted by madamjujujive at 9:25 AM on January 14, 2008

That's hadjiboy? How ya doin', dawg?
posted by jonmc at 10:15 AM on January 14, 2008

Three cheers for hadjiboy!
posted by post punk at 1:59 PM on January 14, 2008

woohoo! a face to the name, finally- hi hadjiboy!
posted by small_ruminant at 2:06 PM on January 14, 2008

jessamyn, you may have a candidate there for Antipodal Moderator... At GMT +5:30, he's 10-and-a-half hours away from both U.S. coasts. In his just-over-a-year at the Filter he has grown from a goofy newbie to a distinguished contributor at impressive speed. He describes himself in profile as "Occupation: Professional Timewaster"; that sounds like a solid qualification. And even though it had nothing to do with his choice of MeFiName, I would gladly take orders from Jonny Quest's sidekick. The only thing really working against him is the same thing I objected to with a mod in Mali... Hyderabad sounds... well, bad (or at least a place where the water is bad). Maybe he could move a couple miles to Kapra. That place sounds good, Frankly.

Disclaimer: Yes, I jump to strange geographical conclusions based on the sound of places' names. Which makes it odd that I live close to a place that sounds like Abysmal Beach.
posted by wendell at 2:26 PM on January 14, 2008

antipodean moderator? last time i checked, india was still in the northern hemisphere.

and what was the gift? an askme thread? you should have taken slarty to one of those famous hyderabadi sweet-shops instead.
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:53 PM on January 14, 2008

Hyderabad sounds... well, bad

not if you use its unofficial name: Silicon Alley
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:55 PM on January 14, 2008

I'm not sure we should be looking for a mod with a pre-existing bias against podes. The pode caste once played an enriching role on this very sub-site, albeit intermittently and notable more in its absence of late.
posted by Abiezer at 5:39 PM on January 14, 2008

and what was the gift? an askme thread?

I believe the implication is that the gift was one or more of the items suggested within the thread.
posted by DMan at 6:40 PM on January 14, 2008

yes, but having contributed the best suggestions to that thread, i want to know which of my recommended books he chose.
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:35 PM on January 14, 2008

Ha! Yeah, I went with Shantaram, that was suggested by dhruva, tellurian and Ubu, only because I really identified with the book and thought John would too. I had Maximum City and Are You Experienced? as secondary options if Shanta wasn’t available. Luckily it was. Thanks a lot for the help guys!

(wendell, we could always call it Bhagya Nagaram, but I doubt that would change anything;))
posted by hadjiboy at 8:30 PM on January 14, 2008

Also, I have to thank Saltry Bartfast for gifting me the cool Metafilter T-shirt that he'd gotten for himself. Thanks a lot, dude!
posted by hadjiboy at 8:37 PM on January 14, 2008

still haven't uploaded the picture of it to flickr so will be doing that soon
posted by hadjiboy at 8:39 PM on January 14, 2008

oh, good! shantaram really is unique & special. the one problem i had with the book was the author's tendency to slip in all these glib little half-baked philosophical truisms from time to time (i can't remember any, so i'll make one up to give people a taste: "small men count success in terms of the pain they avoid; big men count it in the pleasures they achieve") but it's such a great story, full of detail & observations about india, that i can forgive the author his little indiscretions.

that, and he sounds like one hard motherfucker, and i don't want to get on the wrong side of him.
posted by UbuRoivas at 8:44 PM on January 14, 2008

Three cheers for hadjiboy! And extra cheers for choosing Shantaram as Slarty Bartfast's gift. It's an excellent book, and I thought about nthing the recommendation in the AskMe thread, but then I read the MetaTalk thread about nthing and decided against it lol.
posted by amyms at 8:50 PM on January 14, 2008

I echo the cheers for hadjiboy!

He got me digging out my unread copy of Shantaram that I bought 2 years ago.
I will be starting on it soon. It is a thick book. But reading the blurbs, I remember why I bought it then at an airport bookshop.
posted by kryptos at 1:17 AM on January 15, 2008

Oh YAY MeFil2. And, like thirteenkillier, I thought it was Meh-Fie with the Fi like Hi-Fi. So it's Mee-Fi?

See hadjiboy, you're loved. madamjujujive has a crush on you, jessamyn thinks you're a sweetheart, I love you and now others know you're a man of impeccable good manners, generous and considerate too, which is what I've known for a long time now.

And Slarty Blartfest, you sound like a really nice guy too. What did you think of Hyderabad? It's such a big name in the outsourcing world, I've wondered how it's changed in the last ten years.

By the way hadjiboy, you said you'd been back in India the last 15 years, do you mind if I ask where you were before that?
posted by nickyskye at 7:39 AM on January 15, 2008

Let me take this opportunity to draw attention of Mefites to the first draft of the first page of your memoirs.
Check out his Project, folks!
posted by kryptos at 7:12 AM on January 16, 2008

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