Saturday, April 12, 2014

Distributing Voters ID and slip

Sujatha who is leading the volunteer for better india campaign at LnT South city called and asked

DAY 0 - Sunday
S- Have you distributed the voters id card?
I- No
S- They are available at BBMP office.
I - When can I collect it and whom to contact?
S - Fatima and Umesh ji and I will message the number.

DAY 1 - Monday
Next day reached BBMP. The place was a chaos with every corner people falling over each other trying to locate their voter id card. Managed to locate Mr Umesh.

Mr. Umesh gave the typical government employee look. Here are the gardenia cards, check and go.
I - Sir, I had organized the voters id registration drive on behalf of volunteers for better india and have come to collect the cards on behalf of residents.

See how the master makes an entry. A lady was standing beside me. Later found her name was Radhika and she was also from gardenia. She started interpreting my English to Umesh's kannada responses and vice versa. Finally Mr. Umesh expressions changed.

Mr Umesh - I had called your association and they said they could not distribute it.
I - Oh
Mr Umesh - Here are the cards, please count and sign here and leave your contact details.
Ms Radhika - can i help you with counting?

Just like that and I was - of course!!.

Just as we finished counting about 240 cards for gardenia Mr Umesh pushed the voting slips towards us.

Mr.Umesh - Can you distribute these also?

I did not know what were and Radhika explained it was required for voting.
I -  It is in kannada, how will I distribute?
Radhika - I know kannada and I can help.
I - Shall we sort it in sometimes in evening.

Meanwhile sent email to Brigade gardenia yahoo groups that they can come and collect it from my residence in the evening from 5-6 PM


Nagaraj a successful entrepreneur was the first to come. He humbly agreed to sort the cards block wise. We found some more cards not belonging to gardenia and kept them aside.

Radhika promptly came on time and started segregating the voters slip sheet block wise.

DAY 2 - Tuesday
I went to BBMP office to return the outside gardenia cards and slips. While coming out met Bhavani who was also a fellow resident.

She came in the evening and said she will come again tomorrow to help with sorting.

Brigade gardenia apartments owners association secretary Mr. Ravi agreed to distribute at association office from 6-7 PM in the evening.

DAY 3 - Wednesday
Manisha  came forward to distributed cards in Golden Magic.

Bhavani  came in the evening and helped to sort the slips. Surekha and Indira ji also collected many slips of their neighbours.

Satya said he was free for whole day on thursday.
DAY 4 - Thursday
Pratima took her voting slips as well as for tonnes of her friends.
Satya came early in the morning and distributed cards for one of the block during the day.
Arthi and Smruthi came forward after work and distributed the voters id, door to door.

DAY 5 - Friday
Mr. Viswanathan Kollur came for their slips and shared his disgust with one of the ancient party of India since partition. I was amazed to hear that the same secular (sicular)

DAY 6 - Saturday
Art of living organizes followup in elita every saturday at 7AM at yoga room. I got a message from teacher that I need to take it this time as the teacher felt sick.

Look at the so called mere coincidence of master entering again in story. I was coming back from followup when Sonia and Deepa were coming out from augusta club.
They - we came but you were not there.
I - Sorry, I may have gone out for food.
They - can we distribute slips now.
I - of course

What started as One person initiative became 14 person drive in no time.

Finally, I am grateful to HH +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for starting this movement volunteer for a better india and giving me courage and inspiration to participate in the voters ID registration, distribution and awareness drive 2014.

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