Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Tag: Ei8ht

Tagged by fundoome and Sonik X-( Let's get this over with.
My ideal lover should:
  • be strong and independent. never ask for, or expect, being looked after all the time.
  • be intelligent. should be able to understand the work i do.
  • be ambitious. i'm ambitious, and i dont want to be held back.
  • love me for who i am. not who she wants to turn me into.
  • have strong principles, and ones not too different from my own.
  • be clear-headed and logical. know what she wants, have well-defined goals.
  • be able to communicate with me in words; not in hints, strange looks, or tones-of-voice.
  • be honest. with me, everyone else, and most importantly with herself.

I want to tag:
  • Karwa
  • Sarfarosh
  • Shanks
  • Chaavi
  • Sunny
  • Dewdrop
  • Mangu
  • Dayal

Template

Inspired by sonik, who was inspired by psycho, who in turn was inspired by by the bourgeois buffoon, I've made myself a watermarked background template. I don't know if it looks better, but it definitely looks new. More importantly, it's original, and not just because i spent a few hours thoroughly modifying Blogger's Minimal theme.

The background picture was taken on our wing trip to Chandipur. That road is part of the golden quadrilateral highways, just outside Kharagpur. An awesome maze of flyovers in what would otherwise be the middle of nowhere - even J, our wing's resident artist, craftsman, all-round nature-freak and photographer for the trip, had to choose between the road and the sunrise to frame his pictures.

Until he got this one. Road plus sunrise. Wallpaper material. And, of course, blog-background material.

Too bad only a fraction of our trip were on such roads. We were soon jolted out of our fantasies of hitting 100 kmph on an overloaded sumo, by the dirt tracks that pass for highways in Orissa.

Pesticide

Although there were many comments for my last post, none put forward any arguments as to why pacts are better for Gymkhana the fests and GC's. (The alternative to pacts being candis having to campaign for votes, even in other senior halls) Also absent was any mention of when, or whether, the culture of pacts is going to go away. Let me try and start a discussion on that.

secret ballot n. A type of voting in which each person's vote is kept secret, but the amassed votes of various groups are revealed publicly.

secret ballot n. something that would seal the fate of the pact culture.

Don't get me wrong, I know that people will continue to vote as they are told by their seniors. But without the ability to openly snoop on voters, halls can never enforce the pacts they make. "Observers" can never be sure what exactly the seniors are telling people outside the poll booth.

Of course, these seniors can keep "allied agents" around while they give voters their marching orders. Even so, there is no guarantee that voters weren't told something else behind the last corner, or maybe at lunch that day. In short, pacts become unenforceable. No sudden getting on the phone, telling your hall to stop voting for X hall's candi.

In this scenario, I expect that pact-makers will try multiple pacts - one "open" one putting the hall in one "alliance", and another one under-the-table, a high risk pact with the other side. Insurance, just in case. Who's ever gonna know. In the end nobody wll know who voted for whom - the way it is actually meant to be.

So tell me, who is against the secret ballot?