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.