Thursday, April 23, 2009

The ‘Chi’ Distribution - Turns out Voting is no easy task!

We didn’t have the voter ID cards made, but we had voted in the last assembly elections for Karnataka (and it was a breeze back then - no hassles, no delays; also the parties had distributed the slips containing details beforehand, which was not the case this time). So our names were for sure in the electoral rolls. The key problem injected this time was the fact that the part no. or book number had changed and the old set had got distributed among 2 fresh sets of book numbers which created tremendous confusion. Everyone and his brother were busy searching for their names. A search of close to 2+ hours resulted in finally finding the names and a sigh of relief. I’ve got to get my voter ID card made sometime soon, but even those with cards had to face the same laborious searching process.

The entire electoral list outside the polling booth where the searches were being done was in Kannada here for the Yelahanka assembly constituency which falls under the Chikkaballapur constituency (some confusion here - apparently it's part of Bangalore North according to some - this is not true). Also guess what? Being illiterate in Kannada it was I who spotted the names although many others helped me search the list for my name; I was looking for a different alphabet, when someone I know informed me on the right Kannada alphabet and I figured it out (the ‘chi’ of Bag‘chi’) based on sheer pattern matching prowess!

The process can be made more streamlined to avoid chaos and the impatient ones don’t bother and just end up leaving without voting. I realized that it is all about persistence… Well I’ve got the mark on my left index finger and I exercised my right to vote again which sure feels good! Some adventure and headache that’ll help me remember the occasion of the Lok Sabha Elections, 2009… May the party I voted for (or the best one) win and come to power!

Addendum: Seems like I made the mistake of not checking the online electoral rolls. That has the details although the names are spelt wrong - Bhagji instead of Bagchi - all spellings messed up.
Anyways lesson learnt! And persistence pays!!! By the way quite a crowd here, perhaps because of the search delays! LINK:

Sunday, April 19, 2009

IIMB PGSEM Star of the Quarter

From the PGSEM Student Affairs Council (SAC)
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore:

Star of the Quarter Award is given to an individual who has significantly contributed to PGSEM community through extra curricular activities in an academic quarter, as part of various activities done by PGSEM-SAC and committees.
SAC members will nominate significant contributors for the Award and the voting will be conducted among the current batches to decide the Star along with SAC members' points. SAC member is not eligible to be nominated for this award.
You will be getting a mail on voting for Star of the Quarter - Q3 2008-2009.
Please take your time to vote for and decide the Star.
A voting happened (to decide amongst 11 equally strong and capable contestants) and guess what? I polled 32.65% of the votes and yes I won!! 

My immense gratitude towards one & all who felt I was worth it!! It takes an institute of IIMB's stature and star students to recognize a STAR! :D Also have to appreciate the members of SAC for having painstakingly collated data and made this possible - a great new start with the Star of the Quarter (SoQ) Award. 

Remarks for my nomination mentioned the following:

  • Designing of posters, banners for NASSCOM event, Convergenz 2009 
  • - made it possible with frequent interactions with Srikanth (Google) 
  • Honeywell representation in Panel Discussion on Convergenz (Y V Prakash)
  • Contributed for Alchemy business plan event in Convergenz 
  • High creativity coefficient. Quick to decide and do things.

Ah! The last one was a pleasant surprise...

From the SAC mail announcing the winner:

It gives us immense pleasure to declare "Shamit Bagchi (PGSEM 2008 - Section A)" as the winner for "Star of the Quarter Award" for Q1 of year 2009. Shamit was awarded the certificate for the same by Professor Shankar Venkatagiri on 19th April in front of an applauding PGSEM fraternity. 
Shamit has been a unanimous choice amongst the votes polled by Students and the members of the SAC. 
Please join us to congratulate Shamit Bagchi for winning this award and simulatneously achieving peer recognition in the PGSEM fraternity.

Friday, April 03, 2009


From Sketches
Sketch: Onion, Lotus or an Unborn Foetus?
My inspiration would probably be the Onion that you peal as an analogy to uncovering a person's core personality/values... right from the hereditary traits to the true personality that he finally attains - like a lotus blooming. 

The new art format used could be described as the concept of
JUSTIFICATION: Where in I justify the sketched object based on certain thoughts looming in my subconscious mind.