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Friday, August 12, 2016

Wikiconference 2016, Chandigarh, August 5-7, 2016

I was one amongst the 103 participants who were awarded the scholarships to attend the Wikiconference 2016, Chandigarh, August 5-7, 2016 held at Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, Mohali, Chandigarh, India.

I took an AirAsia flight on 4th August 2016 from Bangalore Kempegowda International Airport without having as much a clue of others who were traveling on the same flight to attend the same conference.

When I reached the Chandigarh International Airport, volunteers holding the plaque cards for the Wikiconference caught my attention and was escorted to the airport lounge where the other Wikipedians from the various Indian communities were waiting to picked up and transported to the venue, Chandigarh Group of Colleges.

The various contributors for the Wikipedia started arriving one by one, slowly trickling in, from Sanskrit, Malayalam, Tamil, Konkani, Telugu, Hindi, English, Bengali, some Bangladeshi contributors, and so many other people that I cannot either count or remember right now. It was here that I met Mahalakshmi, the Sanskrit Wikipedia contributor, Harriet Vidyasagar, Konkani Wikipedia enthusiast and a couple of others. Little did I know that I would be sharing my accomodation with these two wonderful ladies and another Bengali wikipedian, Sumita Roy whom we met later on the Chandigarh Group of College campus.

The friendly volunteers ensured that the atmosphere was light. Since I was hungry, I grabbed a Samosa from the only airport stall that was located near by, while Mahalakshmi grabbed herself a bread sandwich.

After sometime, we were all directed to Chandigarh Group of College buses that were waiting to escort us to the location.

How the next three days passed is something that I cannot describe in words. Also, I need to provide the pictures talk for themselves while I need to shut my mouth.

Here are the pictures of the college campus, the various events that I attended, spread over the three days.



Thats a lot of pictures summing up the journey of that place.

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