In case you don't know who he is, he is the founder of Wikipedia and thanks to Kiruba (the list of things to thank Kribs for is growing kinda long), I happened to meet Mr Wales over dinner at Residency Towers along with a select few.
My knowledge of Wikipedia goes as far as looking up the Madras Baashai on Wikipedia quite a long while ago. Generally for reference and then one fine day a wiki on moi was brought to my attention.
First off, I could only apologise for being overdressed thanks to all the wedding kinda finery that warrants some concerts. And, I realize the classic long tables are no good for conversations. And there is the noise from other tables to consider. Despite that, I happened to gather quite a bit from Mr. Wales' responses to others. I eventually asked him, no prizes for guessing, on the kind of music he listens to. I didn't quiz him too much, I preferred listening. Not that I could ask him anything smart anyway. It took him a while to get my name, and he kinda 'practised' it a couple of times. :) Nice I say! But I guess I must have a tough name *sigh* I was also pretty surprised that he was in Chennai only for a few hours. And definitely, he is extremely simple, easy to talk to and how name dropping is a huge thing no matter where. And yes, there were a few things I learnt that evening on how to talk to just about anybody.
Pictures of this do; thats something I do not have. But others went clicking on their phones. I headed to the meet right after a concert, pretty much wringing my hands and fearing that I wont make it, but despite Chennai and its traffic, I did make it. And I was to head out of town again at about 3 in the morning. Quite an eventful weekend.
Here, on Ergo, is a more learned, expert report on the meet.
And yeah.. I Met Jimmy Wales!