Blog Mela – Time for some demarketing

Update 2: Readers sent in by Shanti Aunty and JK are requested to note that the mela has not been “outsourced to the shores of Bangalore”. For one thing, Bangalore does not have a shoreline. For another, it is more accurate to say that it has been insourced to Bombay.

Update: Some nominations I had missed out have been added below and marked with (Update:)

Demarketing is a little known concept in marketing which aims at dissuading people from buying something, either because it is harmful (such as cigarettes) or simply because the demand is more than one can handle.

Blogging satisfies both criteria. It is of course well documented that blogging is addictive and as such harmful to both bloggers and readers.
Now poor Shanti aunty has simply collapsed under the weight of all the entries you people have submitted. I think it is time for some demarketing with this Blog Mela.

How will you persuade people not to blog? How will you demotivate people from submitting entries to the Mela? Ideas for ads invited in the comments. The more humiliating and snarky the ads, the better.

Now I move on to the unpleasant task of introducing the contestants for the ten dollar prize that Shanti has gracefully and enthusiastically provided. In order to avoid accusations of bias, I have decided to order the entries strictly by date. I would have ordered alphabetically, but I thought it would be unfair to those who will always be stuck in the middle (like me) and lose out on both the primacy effect and the recency effect.

Abhi over at the Sepia mutiny criticizes DRUM, (which, believe it or not, stands for Desis Rising Up and Moving) for being too touchy about the movie Harold and Kumar.

Confirming the worst fears of all those who were against allowing personal posts into the Blog Mela, the standards of the Mela hit a new low as Aniruddha Mahajan talks about how long his fingernails have grown.

In an independence day post, Chandrachoodan Gopalakrishnan fails to match the high standards of ranting set by Nilakantan as he asks what significance ritual observance of national days has, considering that we have betrayed the ideals of the day.

Ramchi tries to resolve the question of where home is.

(Update:)Gopi Sundaram talks of a cousin’s wedding he attended in Montana and talks of said cousin’s taste in lizards.

Demonstrating to CCG what real ranting looks like, Nilakantan R S questions the idea of monogamous marriage. Now I agree that monogamy is unnatural, but given that in our natural state, only one out of six men managed to mate and most of us got killed fighting for the survival and propagation of our genes, I’d much rather prefer the artificial arrangement we have.

Ashish Hanwadikar lays out a good case against restricting trade.

N S Ramnath has an entry on people looking at the dead body of a child.

Prashant Kothari explains why giving the Nobel peace prize to Pervez Musharraf might not be as good an idea as it looks at first glance.

Nancy Gandhi has a couple of photographs that reminds you of the morning in Chennai – breakfast and a kolam.

Prashant Mullick explains that homosexuality is natural. I am waiting for someone to come out with research to prove that gayphobia is also natural so that we can finally realise why basing public policy on what is “natural” and what is not is a bad idea.

“I wouldn’t want to remember my experience the first time-it was embarrassing” says Chetan Kunte. Turns out he is talking about his experience of Bangalore airport.

Charukesi talks of Infothelas where small towns get connected to the world through a computer with a high-speed, wireless internet connection, that is brought in a cycle-rickshaw.

Probir Ghosh makes his blogging debut reminiscing about the Nasik of 1966.

Madhu Dahiya talks about her feelings when she heard of the outrage in Beslan.

(Update:) Anil Gorti calls Arjuna Ranatunga a crybaby.

Photon Courier talks of the heroism of Noor Inayat Khan who was executed in a Nazi concentration camp on September 11 1944. Tipu Sultan is also involved in the story. Update: Shanti tells me that the blogger’s name is David Foster.

Seshu has a fine set of photographs titled “Capturing home”. At 8000 words, this must be the longest entry of this Mela. (Because of course, a picture is worth a thousand words. )

Voting will start once Shanti manages to send me the code for putting up the poll. Needless to say, I will rig the contest in favour of whoever will pay me the highest kickback. Send in your bids. The future of ten dollars is at stake.

18 thoughts on “Blog Mela – Time for some demarketing

  1. I object!
    You are trying to exert undue influence by the usage of words like “fails to” and “standards” when referring to me. I demand an immediate apology and as compensation and punitive damage, the 10 $ prize.

  2. Knowing that none of my entries would ever win the $10 prize in a fair fight, I refrain from submitting any of my posts for the Mela. If, however, given concrete assurances that rigging the vote is possible, I shall send in my entries from the next Mela onwards.

  3. Ravages you look like someone who goes to a WWF fight and loudly protests that they are not playing by the rules of professional wrestling.

    Sameer, rigging the vote is not only possible but also highly encouraged.

  4. Nevertheless, I demand my compensation and punitive damages. And in parting, would like to ask you to change the reference to me to a more suitable phrase. Like “Chandrachoodan Gopalakrishnan has a winning rant on his ….”

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