Thursday, December 10, 2009

Voton Pe Aisi Baat: Indibloggies 2008

I just realised that I screwed up my chance to win the Most Humourous Indiblog by cracking the pun in the title. But sometimes, a man must stand by his principles and not compromise for material gains.

The Indibloggies have hotted up, with biggies like Amit Varma naming their personal favourites, populist measures being announced and coalitions being formed.
After laughing out loud at the antics of PUB, I sobered up and wondered how I could get a few more votes other than the three I voted myself from Rediff, Gmail and Hotmail. And even that runs the risk of being cancelled - if there is any multiple-voting limit!

My first option - admittedly un-original but potentially effective - is to form JUB (Jadavpur University Bloggers). With the venerable GreatBong and the tangy Sauce! from the same august institution as myself, we could hope to mobilise the Bengali votebank quite effectively.
Except that GB can possibly win this year by using his margins from last year and Sauce, coming from the artistic side of the University, is a little put-off by this shameless vote-grabbing that I am indulging in!

The other option is slightly more original though its efficacy is under a bit of cloud.,
Every day, I get about 145 mails from people who want (a) to enlarge various body parts of mine, (b) to give me millions of dollars (or South African Rands) residing in dormant bank accounts or (c) to help me claim the billions of pounds I have won when my email was selected among the trillions from around the world.
I could write back to these guys (and some very interesting gals as well - especially for Point A) and direct them to the voting URL. Presumably, these good Samaritans wouldn't mind clicking on the link and quickly voting for Calcutta Chromosome.
The downside is that they might also want to know my bank account number and e-PIN but considering the money I usually have in bank accounts, this is still an economically viable deal (as long as those people actually vote)!

The third - and actionable - option has already been activated. By which kind souls have already voted and are continuing to do. A classmate, who is changing jobs, has voted from the emails of his past and current jobs. Can't pretend there are too many like him. Or should be!
Another classmate (from school) is mighty excited that I am still repeating the same jokes from Class XI. Yet another classmate - with a massive and fanatical following on the blogosphere - has given a nudge to his constituency, which is about as big as a mid-sized company. And of course, my sisters are all for me anyway!

Therefore, I stand bemused as a nominee of Indibloggies with embarrassment and greed in equal measure. I thought it would be one of those novelties I would not have to do too much about. But I now realise that the past winners (or even nominees) are too illustrious for me not to try to emulate.

Voting closes today.

Do vote - (for me - shamelessly) in Best Entertainment and Most Humourous categories.

I promise not to crack bad jokes on this blog again. (Pssst... that was to get Mad Momma's votes. Of course, I am lying!)


Lavs said...

This faithful reader has already voted for you

anil said...

You got mine, from all two of my three email IDs!!!

The MemoryMaker said...

I am a regular on your blog, but never ever commented.
I am so sorry I could not vote even though this is my favourite blog and has made me smile on toughest days. Going through a personal crisis I could not go in and vote and today when I did, it was already closed. I think the time was IST. I don't know if your blog will win or not, but your blog ( others being the GB and Parul's) are the ones which have made me smile on days when I needed them the most. So for me you guys are already a winner.
Love your movie trivias :) keep 'em coming.
Good Luck

Life Of A Domestic Diva said...

Done ;-)

Deepti said...

All my friends who ever read blogs, are regular on yours and they have all voted for you.
One idea is to promise a party for all voters, if you win,.... not too cost effective but atleast its better than your option 2

Rimi said...

I *love* the idea of JUB! I'll be happy to mobilise my tiny, tiny network in your favour... but then I suspect they already love your blog and have voted it in themselves. You see, when I first came across Calcutta Chromosomes, I spread the workd far and wide :D

Rimi said...

Hahahahahahaha! I just took a look at PUB. Jesus Christ, they're taking a popular voting award seriously. I wish I could say it was juvenile, but even children have more sense. It's a popular bleeding award: if people like you, they like you. If they don't, they don't. And if they read you but couldn't be arsed to vote, well, they *couldn't* be arsed to vote. Wtf!

maxdavinci said...

@rimi: relax ji, it was all in jest. Just to point out the absurdity of the voting system.

@chromosome: had to vote for myself in teh entertainment cat, but voted for you in humor!!

Anonymous said...

I am a regular visitor to your blog. I did vote for this blog.