Right of Franchise on Flickr.
On a totally random note, the policemen at the Polling Booth congratulated me when I finally found my name in the lists outside. Who said the Delhi Police sucked? I totally love them! :P
I’ve been trying to figure out not just WHO to vote for but also HOW. And as anybody who has any experience with government websites in India, this is a bit like waging a war.
Well, that’s what you’d think.
I’ve been very pleased to find that the government websites are not just working really well, they’re a mine of information. Here’s a set of links for fellow Delhiites:
1. ECI’s Guide for Voters is a good resource to begin with.
2. Look for your name in the Electoral List on Delhi CEO’s website (serious breach of privacy here, btw).
4. You can now search for polling booths in your constituency using this map.
5. Next, you might be interested in current MLA’s. Have a look here.
6. I urge you to go through the affidavits (wealth, education, political affiliation, contact details) filed by the candidates in your constituency here. I was quite disappointed to find not a single lady in mine. But the wealth of information here is remarkable and quite illuminating. Not many judgments or inferences can/should be drawn from it, but, like I said, illuminating.
7. Now for the all important question—which symbol do I hit? Match up here. An extremely handy list, there is everything in here from “bungalow” to “hat” and “camera” and even, yes even I got my hopes up, “batsman”.
8. Finally, I can assume the results will be uploaded on this page on 8th December.
I hope this helps somebody, even if it’s just one person. I’d be really grateful if people pointed out errors. I’m still looking for a few links, like maybe a “compare manifesto’s” or something. Please do help!
*For those of you living under a rock, Election Day is on 4th December 2013. Be there.
Also, why the NOTA option is useless: “Therefore, even if the number of electors opting for NOTA option is more than the number of votes polled by any of the candidates, the candidate who secures the largest number of votes has to be declared elected.” (Source: ECI)
Hope you had a very Harry Diwali!
Continuing with the series of the pictures taken on my special day. This is the “Green Tunnel*” on way to Pahalgam. It’s unbelievably pretty and my mother did not let me step on the highway to take a better photo so yeah.
So the funny thing is…see, every time I edit a picture on Lightroom (always), I save the edits as a preset so I can apply it not just to the rest of the pictures in the set, but also to any photographs in the future. It’s always surprising how the atmosphere of one place can look good on another. For example, “Earl of Mayo**” and “Flowers of Gun Hill" are two my favourite presets and work magic on any otherwise dull and uninspiring photos. Guess which one worked for Green Tunnel? "The Columns of CP".
(Also, normally I like a little grain to add some flavour to photographs, but it’s just not working for me here. Isn’t it?)
*Here have a fairly appropriate link.
**Earl of Mayo: coming soon.
Mughal Gardens at Achabal, built by the dominating, powerful Empress Nur Jahan.
And that is the end of every photograph I took excluding the ones of people squinting and flashing theri teeth at the camera in a routine fashion.