Vote for me!


Humor, Memories / Monday, March 19th, 2007

No, this is not a post asking you to vote for me at the next blogger awards. I don’t think 2 votes would be enough to beat him or him.

But there was a time when i did stand for elections in college – that too for the post of the cultural secretary – not sports secy which would probably have made more sense.

My election speech went something like this “don’t vote for me……….because I am a friend or from your section. Only vote for me if you think I can do a good job.”

Unfortunately, I had a feeling that people were paying attention only to the first part of my admonition.

To salvage my campaign I decided to run a print campaign. Which had two parts

Part 1: Loos – the night before the voting, I ran 40 – 60 prints of a poster which had a blown-up passport photograph (of me – in case you were wondering) and the headline said WANTED! The small copy below said ‘Wanted for the Post of Cultural Secretary. Reward – a great time or something similar. These posters were then put up in all the loos in all the hostel blocks.

Part 2: Pretty Women – My friends and I bought some t shirts on the front of which we scrawled ‘I want you‘ followed by ‘to vote for Shiju‘ on the back. And we got some of the pretty seniors to wear these t shirts and hang around in the mess at lunch time.

Needless to say, the voters remained immune to my brilliant advertising (i dont share my brithdate with David Ogilvy for nothing 🙂 ) and I ended up 3rd among 4 candidates with only 27 votes (from a batch of 180). Although i still maintain that these were high quality votes.

Although I didn’t win the elections, i did have an interesting time. Batchmates, especially women – telling me how they got scared early in the morning when they saw the posters on their mirrors (we figured that if we put them anywhere else we might lose our female audience)

Or the time when I was standing near the telephone booth and She passes by.

‘Wanted?’ She grins.
‘By you?’ I shot back.

18 Replies to “Vote for me!”

  1. I wish they saw your creativity 🙂
    But,well, scary to see ‘wanted’ posters on the dorm loo mirrors first thing in the morn…

  2. @anon
    i did, and i didn’t..

    @ r
    🙂

    @shreyasi
    sadly creativity alone, is not enough!

    @ santa
    i think you are being sarcastic – but with you its hard to make out!

  3. @anoni did, and i didn’t..@ r :-)@shreyasisadly creativity alone, is not enough!@ santai think you are being sarcastic – but with you its hard to make out!

  4. Lol, think the wanted posters on the mirrors first thing in the morning would have scared me too! Great advtg! And it’s good that though you didn’t win you had a good time – shows a good spirit about you!

  5. Lol, think the wanted posters on the mirrors first thing in the morning would have scared me too! Great advtg! And it’s good that though you didn’t win you had a good time – shows a good spirit about you!

  6. @ mel – i’ve always enjoyed good spirits 🙂 hows things down under? did anyone tell you that mumbai is not the same since you have gone 😉

  7. @ mel – i’ve always enjoyed good spirits 🙂 hows things down under? did anyone tell you that mumbai is not the same since you have gone 😉

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