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Guests of OpenOut II Hardeep : Things that you do for the first time!

"The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." - Eleanor Roosevelt

This quote holds true to the very purpose of my everyday living. Off late I have been doing things out of my comfort zone (like founding and managing BlogPanda) and every such experience I have had has taught me something and made me grow.

They say the only source of knowledge is experience. Rightly said!

A month back I had the privilege of doing something for the first time. Be a part of OpenOut - home hosted social experiences in Bangalore.

What was supposed to be a laid-back Sunday, lazying around on the couch and basically Netflix’n and chilling. Courtesy of my best friend. It turned out to be so much better than I could have imagined.

He invited me to a be part of a Hearty Sunday Brunch. Even though I had second thoughts about the idea of getting out of bed, dressing up and undergoing the task of getting out of my comfort zone. Which at that point was basically getting out of the house. That too on a Sunday.

Well he did try to sell me with the idea of getting chilled beer and lavish home cooked delicacies. And being far away from home I was sold at the very instant.

Thanks to him. That was one of the best Sunday's I had in Bangalore. The concept itself was so amazing where a person hosts a brunch/evening hangout or a dinner..it could be around food & beverages, or live gigs around music or stand up comedy. And every person you meet is someone you meet for the very first time. That's the best part. One fine brunch with endless story sharing.

We literally broke the ice around beer pong..introduced ourselves to one another..and within minutes everyone was hanging around like they were best buddies.

We had chilled beers, Mulled wine, Sangria and food for the soul. It was one of best home cooked food I ever had.

Big applause to Smita - our host for the afternoon. Her house was beautiful with a lovely terrace, greenery all around, little bit of sunshine and breeze..everything was just perfect.

We were introduced to various delicacies..some that I heard and tasted for the very first time.

On the healthy side we had Sala'egged - name itself is so fancy, then there was Cheesy Cowboy Open top sandwiches. You can never go wrong with cheese, cold cuts & fresh breads. And thankfully neither did she. It was amazing.

On the sinful side we had Chicken Keema & chips, Aachari Aalo & Pooris. And I am not even done yet.

For the sweet tooth we had Fruit Custard and my favorite 'Drunk Dude's Rum Balls'. The name itself says it all.

I was instantly blown away and addicted to the whole setting of that beautiful afternoon. I found a new purpose of visiting Bangalore now.

To be a part of these soulful OpenOut and get to meet some amazing people through all walks of life. Listen to their stories of life experiences, both good and bad. Lots of wisdom, love and affection..that too in just one afternoon.

Anyone staying in Bangalore or visiting it soon, I would definitely recommend you guys to experience this for the stories, meeting new people, conversations or if that's not your thing. Just go for the rich food and drinks.

P.S - Speaking of doing things out of your comfort zone..I was asked to sing and that is something which I dread not to indulge in public. Someone who knows me will understand why I am saying this. But nevertheless..I did indulge in the sin of singing with my not soulful voice and everyone clapped and cheered.

I guess it was for my attempt at doing something out of my comfort zone that amazed everyone. Or I did sing well..even though I asked my soulful best man to sing along. Maybe it was for him.

But at the end we didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun :)