28.5.05

Please vote for me

On a hot Saturday afternoon there I was at the gate of the Press Club trying to garner votes for a candidate -- my colleague's dad. Whew it was weird. Going up to people, smiling coquettishly and saying prettily, "Do vote for Mr X". Add to it the fact that for the first time in the 24 years of my life I was campaigning. These are the few things I learnt:

Steer clear of those with a purposeful stride. They know whom to vote for. They brush you away like flies.

Make a beeline for the grandaddies. They grin toothlessly and even mark out the candidate you point out to them in the pamphlet. God bless them.

Never call a woman journalist an aunty (Actually that's the last thing any woman wants to be called for sure). A girl campaigning for her father happened to address this lady as 'Aunty'. Poor girl was snubbed badly.
It's good to learn from other's mistakes.

Avoid other candidates. Especially if they happen to be former colleagues. This photographer, an ex colleague of mine came up and asked me to campaign for him too. Ahem it was a bit of a sticky situation. Unless of course you say sunnily, "Aw but I am already booked."

At the end of it, we badly needed nourishment. Entered the dining area. Was greeted by a host of old faces, some leery, some too busy to look up from their plates and some busy picking their teeth(shudder)

We ended up driving further up the road to the Women's Press Corps
and enjoying a lunch of appams and coconut chicken. And not to mention the fact that it seemed a mini office thing there with most of our colleagues scattered here and there. Everywhere.

Sometimes the world is too small.

32 comments:

couchpotato said...

Pretty useful tips, AB! Could use them if ever I make up my mind to become the next Laloo Prasad Yadav. ;-)
What elections were they, btw?

AB said...

They were for the Press Club. My colleague's dad was nominated for the president's post

couchpotato said...

Oh! So your campaigning worked?!

AB said...

Of course!

motheater said...

coooooool. now you can keep taking us there for cheap booze and media gossip

Toe Knee said...

Now that you have got the 'winning' experience, will you be entering politics? BJP - Cong -CPM - which one will it be?

Jay said...

In Malaysia, you call everybody 'Auntie'. Unless they're like, a lot younger than you. Or men.

AB said...

motheater: oh no it's so dismal:(

Toe knee: Lemme think. Hmmm.. actually none, they are too LS;)

Jay: Hmmph..do you mean a lot younger than me?

eM said...

Whee! Press Club! Cheap booze! Now you know the president, let's all become members! :)

AB said...

eM: Curb your enthusiasm lady. As I dampened motheater's spirits, let me be cruel to you as well;) But really it's too dismal, more for the oldies

motheater said...

hello. we've all been many times. where booze is concerned we have no standards. plus, if we can go to ollypub in cal, why not the press club?????

eM said...

I totally agree with the Motheater
So when do we go? :)

AB said...

motheater: Ok buddy we are on.

eM: Now missy how would you agree with motheater about Ollypub??? Tell me when you wanna go.

Mangs said...

me also, me also :-)
I'll be there soon! (but uh... no beer please)

AB said...

Don't worry I hate beer too. Except perhaps a Michelada

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The Box said...

I voted for the first time last year, and on my way to the polling booth, some party members were giving out free mineral water.

Politician: Are you going to vote for our party young man?
Me: That's a secret.
Politician: Well, if you vote our way, you get a free drink (smiles an oily smile).

As it turns out, I had planned to vote for his camp.
But boy, was I nervous about it now.
I may have ruined it for the next generation.

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