Thursday, September 13, 2012

A No Is A No is a No! - Really?


I just received an email in my inbox from one of the blogs that I follow and it was a contest entry for Indiblogger.

I thought that contest was past the deadline. Have they extended it?

I quickly jumped to the contest page on Indi and realized that the last date was 14th and not 11th as I had thought.

I am not submitting any entry for that contest, I had resolved.

“It was my love for writing and the passion to create magic out of my words that brought me to blogging”. Hmm, if someday someone prods a mike into my face and interviews me on television I might say that he he he…For now, let me be honest! it was boredom that brought me into blogging. I started to blog purely to while away time. Slowly I started enjoying writing and also connecting with people through the blog. It was fun.

When there is no contest involved there is a route my posts take. Something I see or hear or do sparks an idea, and a villainous glow forms on my face, ‘Wow! That’s a new way to torture some more souls ha ha ha‘and I set to write.  

Then there are these contest posts. You see the topic and think ‘Hmm, I can write a post on that!’ and then you kick, prod and beg your intellect to get out of its deep meditative hibernating state and get the creative water, juices or whatever its made of , moving if not flowing. And you eat ladies finger because your grandmother said that it helps!

And it does not end there.

Okay, Post written, Submission Done.

When are they closing this competition?

Ok, now the contest is closed for entry. When are they revealing the results?

There are ones where you know the date of the results. So you try to pretend to your own self that you are nonchalant about the outcome, but the fact is you are not.

‘I just participated for fun. Participating is important’

 ‘Hey results out, and no, that’s not my name there. ‘ Sigh!

‘Oh yeah! There is this other one. That one I definitely stand a chance!’

And it goes on and on and on.

There are the ones on Indiblogger where nobody knows when the results would be announced

I have never won anything on Indi so far and so I do not know how the winners will be intimated. Mail? Indimail? Post? Pigeon?

Everyday one goes and checks the contest page; Then Indimail; Then email;

And of late I stick to checking the forum coz I feel that if the results are out, the concerned topic on the forum would be suddenly super active.

And its not just that, most of the posts you read are also topic specific. Of late I have been dreaming a lot about Dove and Love marriages and Melbourne of course. I mean literally. I go to sleep and these blog posts appear in my head dancing and spinning.

So this time, I decided. Soak No More Jaish. Its enough. These contests have started engulfing you. No ! No ! No! Get out of this cycle! And this newly made decision starts bubbling inside my head like the molecules in the Surf packet.

And I close my eyes. And then I slightly open one of them and peep into the contest page open for quite some time on my Internet Explorer. ‘Hmm, I am not going to participate. I have decided and that’s it. Now what were the prizes again?’  Oh, Apple ipad! ‘WHAT???’ ‘APPLE IPAAAAAD?’

Hmm, it would be nice to have one of those eh?

‘But Jaish, you just decided that all this is enough?’ a version of yours truly in a flowing white dress with a halo on top questions me from inside.

‘Hey ! Shhhh!! You go ahead, darling!Dont listen to her! Apple Ipad! Wow!’ another version red in color with two ghastly horns screams from the other side.

This is Kal Yug  and people are supposed to be greedy about materialistic things. Who am I to stop the flow of world’s destiny?

And here I go.

Now when is this contest getting over? And what was that second prize? Ha ha ha!

And now I need to add something...."This post is part of the Surf Excel Matic Soak-No-More  contest at Indiblogger" ha ha ha again :)

 

88 comments:

  1. Wow, thats a different take, Jaish! :D good luck!!

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  2. Whoa!! Some post this was:D


    Loved every bit of it... a very different angle. Jaish your creativity is reaching new heights !!

    All the best ;)

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    1. Thanks a ton Me . Saw this comment just before going to bed and thanks to you I am gonna sleep with a smile ha ha :) thank you :)

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  3. Seriously girl, your creativity is showing diff new angles each day....I didn't expect this one for a contest at all....funny...:)

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    1. :) ha ha thank you so much FiF . Btw that poem was so impactful :)

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    2. oh really? Jaish, I don't have your email id, that's why sending a comment here. It came out of a lot of pain..:(

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  4. would say a creative way of vent... Thoroughly thoroughly enjoyed it... Kudos Jaish.

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    1. And see, I publish this post and the results for the Dove contest are out! What a co-incidence ha ha.... :) Thanks for the comment Sathish! :)

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  5. Hee hee..Jaish...You just echoed the words in my mind! Well written!

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    1. Thank you :) Just read your post on Melbourne and its very different and nice :)

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  6. Must be all that ladies finger that you ate :):) Good one Jaish!

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    1. It really works Suresh. You must try it out ;) ha ha ha :D Thanks for the comment!

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  7. Wow....it was easy to relate to the post! So well penned, as always :))
    All the best, Jaish....

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    1. And your comment was so sweet and encouraging as always! Thanks Panchali!

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  8. ha!! Good one!! Best of luck for the competition!
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting!

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    1. Thanks Roshni. As for visiting your blog, pleasure is mine :D

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  9. Jaishree, contest or no contest your passion for writing is visible all over in your posts! Keep writing and all the best for the contest:)

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    1. Thanks a ton Rahul. Your comment made my day!

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  10. and d winner is ......................JAISH
    U get an IPAD dat 2 in Red color :D :P.........
    whether u write for a contest or just for the purpose of writing yrs writings are uber cool creative..and getting genuine feed backs i suppose is yr greatest prizze :)

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    1. Red color and hopefully with horns ha ha :) Hmm! Must give Apple that idea and patent it! What do you say? :D ha ha...Thanks for that lovely comment Saikat! I do agree, there is nothing like a genuine feedback.

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  11. hehe That was funny! I wish you the best :).

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  12. A refreshing take! Enjoyed it!!

    Best wishes!!

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  13. Interesting. It is really nice to read various versions of the "soak" theme.

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    1. I agree. SOme were really very very creative and some thought provoking and touching!

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  14. It is as if you are speaking on behalf of many of us bloggers, jaishree. At least me. Its like quitting smoking and drinking. Once you are on, you get addicted. In the Melbourne thread I have once again posted a resolution to quit contests. Btw, is this an entry for soak no more contest? I don't see link to the contest.

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    1. I agree :) Yes, it is a contest entry and thanks for pointing it out. Have added the link now.

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  15. ...innovative, interesting view point!
    Well done Jaish:)

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  16. One of my friends on facebook had a quote about creative writing that went like this:

    Creative writing is like prostitution;
    Initially you do it for fun,
    Then for a few dear friends,
    And finally you end up doing it for money.

    A harsh comparison, perhaps, but, there is a world of truth in it.

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    1. Hi Ravi

      Thats indeed a harsh comparison :)
      But creative writing is basically for one's own satisfaction and thats something tough to define...As for the matter of money, who does not want to try his/her luck once in a while?
      These contests are more of a fun-come-lucky Dip! :D I dont think we cannot equate it to serious stuff like writing-for-money. :)
      Thanks for stepping in and for the comment!

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    2. Hi pal; I love reading your posts. Don't forget that I acknowledged it in a post that you are the one who made me look at indiblogger differently.

      As far as the quote is concerned, that's another way of looking at things!

      In the end if one doesn't enjoy writing, one shouldn't.

      You do, I do, and so many others do.

      Keep writing.

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    3. Of course we all do Ravi. :D How can I forget your ackmowledgement in that post :)

      I do agree, its just another-funny-quote-on-FB :D Thanks for stepping in again and seeing the quality of your own posts, I dont need further proof that you enjoy writing.

      P.S Addressing me as pal made me smile ( :D ) Thanks :)

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  17. I just joined Indiblogger, and really, these contests are taking a toll!! At the same time, they give you a theme. So writing becomes easy. I love racking my brains to think out of the box. iPad or no iPad, I'm lovin' it!

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    1. That way yes its good Nisha...Good Luck to you :)

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  18. Nice read!Extremely good, I should say!
    Best wishes!

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  19. ha ha :D Is that reminder post mine? ;-)

    Good one Jaish. All the best :D

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    1. You got it! Yeps the reminder post was yours :D ha ha

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  20. This one made me smile all through. All the best, Jaishree. Keep writing whether or not for contests :)

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    1. Thank you Zephyr. Oh yeah, I think I will. As I said 'Some more torture for all ' ha ha :D

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  21. :D all the best Jaish, and do keep writing, contest or not

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  22. Lovely one, Jayashree, and it is a note to yourself too! Very cleverly written, and captures the thought processes that I am very familiar with, as are others I am sure. There is a growing trend of taking contest topics and turning out intensely creative pieces like this one, even if it sometimes skirts around the edges of the contest topic. As long as you enjoyed writing it, and we enjoyed reading it, the outcome doesn't matter.

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    1. ha ha Yes Subhorup, as long as everyone enjoys, the outcome definitely does not matter. Thanks a ton for stepping in and leaving a comment. I wrote this purely for fun, not targeted at the contest at all. :D

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  23. lovely ! It did bring a smile to my face ...good luck !

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  24. Haha! fun post Jaish. All the best for all the contests.

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  25. Wow!!...I can completely relate to your post!...Yeah, even I used to get dreams about contests......But, I've decided to Soak no more in contests unless I find the theme interesting to write though the prizes are tempting....

    Lovely work!!....All the best for the contest...

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    1. Thank you SriValli :) Guess most of us bloggers out there can relate to the contents of this post! :) Thanks for the comment :)

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  26. Wow, Jaish, that's a whole different angle to entering a contest! Fun fun! BTW, I could so so so relate to the line 'Then you kick, prod and beg your intellect to get out of its deep meditative hibernating state and get the creative water, juices or whatever its made of , moving if not flowing.' I am so in that state of mind right now where nothing, absolutely nothing seems to be striking me to write!

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    1. Guess we all get into that state one point or the other Deepa! Happens! But maybe thats just a rest our poor brains need to come back all rejuvenated! Your series story(rem the name Kavi) was more than enough proof of your writing prowess :D

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  27. You had me there.. So this was for a contest again!

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  28. Wicked Jaish,you beguiled me into reading a contest post ,till the end (nearly)i could not make out what you were leading to....but i enjoyed it thoroughly-good luck to you.

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    1. hi hi....(Thats a wicked laugh!) Thanks Indu :)

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  29. All the evidence indicates pigeons. But best of luck, nevertheless.

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  30. That was a very neat bog and so well written! Congratulations anyway!

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  31. Oh, I'll tell you... never stop participating. I like what you write. Winning is important, of course, and that gives participation all the more significance. About winning the contests - Ek din zarur aaega! Don't worry! :P

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  32. hihihi... now that's quite a sassy take. & cheers to that. :)

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  33. You seem to have read the minds of almost all Indibloggers. There are some contests I participated in, One I won and many I didn't. But the cycle of trepidation, anticipation and culmination is just like you explained. Now I had no idea of writing for Soak No More contest but you have got me thinking again!! Best of Luck Jaish. :)

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    1. Hi Swapna

      Thanks for stepping in . That cycle can be really addictive ! Oh you won once ?congrats abt that :) so did u submit an entry for Soak No More ? :)

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  34. Jaish ....superb it made me go rofl ... its a winning entry for sure :) :)

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    1. Thank you dear Vinisha! And when lovely readers like you are so generous in your comments about the possibility of being a winning entry, the expectation curve goes all the more higher ha ha...Forgot to mention that in my post :)

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  35. Such a cute post, I know the feeling about contests.
    I have been here and felt that. All the best, darlin :D

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  36. There, someone finally said something about a contest. Lol. The thing is contests posts are not bad. IF you have an idea related to the topic, why not write and why not win? As simple as that. Some people , bad losers, take it upon themselves never to write contests posts just because they did not win and they were sure their post was the best. Well well, to each, his own, Right? :-)

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    1. Hmm....Each person has a different take on them Ashwini and I agree, if you have an idea why not write and win and if you are getting something like an IPAD you must definitely write ha ha :)

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  37. Very thoughtfully created, a very general topic discussed from a different perspective.

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  38. This is even better than your Dove entry which btw I loved. I hope you remember my comment on it. I think because of dream about all these contests, you come up with amazing posts such as this. Participating is really important. I was not participating earlier but then I promised by husband that I will. Winning gives you more non-blogger readers.

    And you have to check on Indi to know the results. I get to know from Facebook, someone wins and updates, though I would love Indi sending me a pigeon mail...:)

    All the very best, a different take which most of us can relate to...

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    1. God Saru, that Dove entry I was expecting a consolation prize atleast. It just ended with self-consolation hi hi hi...Yes, participating is definitely important :) Thanks for the comment :D

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  39. heyyyyyyy yay yay!! this is one kind of an entry! That which every blogger strikes a chord with and that which we yearn for...!! Such a reminiscence jaysh.. thank u!

    Do stop by my blog!! I'd love your visits & comments!

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    1. I know . Guess this is what most of us bloggers go thru :) ha ha

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  40. A very unique and creative take on the contest! Liked it!! All the best! :)

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