Voter ID card -An Update


Some one left a comment asking on what the next step is after submitting the form 6 online.

My online status continues to show :Field Verification completed”. However my name has been added on the list Finally !!!

As of today a new list has been updated – Please check http://www.ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in/

From the smartvote.in facebook page, the update is as follows:

Dear All ,
Please note that the Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka has published the latest electoral roles for the 28 assembly constituencies of Bangalore.

Please check if your name in included in the voter lists published today at the CEO Karnataka Website .

Go to >http://www.ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in/

Then click ‘Final Roll of Batch 2 Assembly Constituencies-PDF Version ‘ and then select yopur BBMP zone and subsequently choose your assembly constituency and then go through the part no that you belong to.

Alternatively go to http://www.ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in/ and on the left hand side you have link for ‘Search Your Name’ . Name can be searched based on Name, EPIC No or Acknowledgement No.

If not included please report your complaint here.

1. Call 1950 and seek information. If you do not get satisfactory answers, lodge complaint at Citizen Forum on CEO website.
2. If 1950 is not working, lodge complaint for this as well.
3. When you find other issues like application status not matching with reality, lodge complaint for this as well

Citizen Forum Website for lodging all complaints is

http://eci-citizenservices.nic.in/Default.aspx

English and Comprehension


Recently I got an opportunity to write answers for questions that was posted to me. Well this wasn’t science or geography where answers cannot be wild and imaginative but this was for a school admission form for nursery. Since this school believed it would not take interview of a 3 year old, they had a super long question paper that asked to describe my 3 year old, his achievements(!!! grrr I don’t think even at 36 I have any major achievements!!), to describe school, family/homework/play etc in one word. While I hurried during my lunch break at office to submit my form, I met another mom that was complaining to the staff that this was super long .She even had some pages empty because she didn’t fill them.The form was checked and pushed back to her. She simply had to fill every row .No excuses!

The husband and I dilly dallied if we needed to submit the form at all.We let go of day 1. I woke up at around 5:30 AM and filled the pages in a jiffy on day 2, writing what came on to my mind, and dashed off to work with glue, photos and birth certificate copies.

Questions and answers remind me of school. This episode reminded me of English class in 7th or 9th. We had an essay writing where the topic was given on the fly. If I have to remember now, I think the essay was on a dream??? or some such .

We had just watched Anjali movie then. There is  a particular song where the father reads a story book and then they break into a song- one where they visit space , and come back home !

So well !! I wrote this as my dream , where I go on my spaceship and in the end realize it was my dream. My teacher gave me a A+ grade for this. When my twin and another friend read my essay, they were amazed how I came up with something so different

Then there was another incident where three of us were chosen and asked to read out a chapter. I think the first 2 read as usual , nothing special. The class was silent.When my turn came : I made it dramatic. I think the character name was Harry . I shouted Harry!!! much to the bewilderment of the other 2 standing and narrating(one was my twin sis)

…I wrote to Childrens magazines – Target and children’s world that amma subscribed through post,.Sitting in a small town in T.N, we got to read kid stories from Delhi and some such big towns.

And for the annual exams, especially 10th class C.B.S.E, we had NCERT guides. So sample essays were given at the end. I filled pages during the exams . We aced the past tense, future tense, and what not, thanks to Wren and Martin. While most kids struggled with sentences, we knew how it had to begin and end. So much so , English exams seemed like a break between the Maths and science exams

For Panditji’s 100th birthday, all schools took part in some essay writing. My social science master chose me for essay writing. He drove me on his cycle for this competition. I think I managed to get a consolation prize.

However there was one other incident when I was narrating, I forgot everything and stood blank.

And during school prayer, kids were chosen and asked to speak on topics. The well narrated ones got 5Rs as a reward. On many occasions, I received the 5 Rs note !

…So in a way I enjoyed filling this school form in particular. I would mark this form as the best I have filled till date. The rest of them have super boring forms asking questions such as Caste.. (jaadi enna paa Jaadi , aren’t all Indians brothers and sisters eh ????) .and annual salaries …ufff what boredom !!!!

Kar NIC Voter Id card


My name was deleted from the new voter id list. So I had to go through the task of applying newly using the form 6

I did it online on the 1st of Dec 2012 and sent the docs through courier to 2 addresses mentioned in the form

My patience was wearing out when I saw that the application was on “progress” status for very many days. So I visited the office personally over the last weekend to drop the application as well as the proofs

Today the online status shows “Field Verification completed”

I am really hoping the voter id card arrives soon !

I don;t know if this status is from my online submission or my personal visit

If this is from the online submission , it will encourage more people to do the application online without having to visit a government office over the weekend

 

Property Dreams


While we were kids, we visited our grand-ma who owned a property in the prime Lalbaugh area of Bangalore. So this is the Bangalore I grew up knowing, the Lalbaugh, the National college and Jayanagar.

What I saw today made me gasp! this city is growing by leaps and bounds. For some business dealing, the husband, the son and I set off from our part of town in South Bangalore to a different part of town- beyond KR Puram. So while we waited and waited for the person to turn up, we killed time by ordering some juices etc. And all this on a dusty highway,where the only stalls you see are the ones that cook road side mutton and chicken biryani or some fried rice.

When the person whom we had to meet turned up, she took us to some villas getting constructed. You can call this some sort of gated community, far away from the main roads, tucked inside. Some villas are nearing completion while still a lot of work and a lot of workers continue to build other houses, so there are cement mixtures and construction workers round the clock. Dust, construction material, laborers, the noise of cement mixtures – this is what is gonna be the situation for atleast another one year I felt so.

For a moment, I wondered who booked these villas. Far away from roads. There is no way you can commute if you didn’t have a car. What sort of school buses would pick kids from here? And what kind of water facility do these villas promise?

Dusty roads, the never ending outer ring roads, the flyovers, the traffic- it was a little too much for the day by the time we made it to home by late afternoon. And somehow , today it seemed like it is peak summer already

I think my eyes are used to seeing a certain things every day – the familiar south Bangalore surroundings, the familiar ORR. My part of town isn’t very different from what I saw today. I stay on similar surroundings, on a highway with  the Metro getting constructed, a good part of our roads are eaten up

A few years back. the husband and I took the dusty Kanakpura road on our scooter. He was showing me few apartments on the road. That road was so new to me then. Today , this is home

On a dusty hot afternoon, any other passer by from a different part of Bangalore might have similar questions- Who buys property here !!

But we all buy something that answers some questions for us – for some it could be  proximity to the work place, for others it could be an area where schools are in abundance , and sometimes, the most important factor is what you can afford  – of course no middle class Indian can dream of property today in prime areas such as Jayanagar or a MG road today.

That explains the need to move to places -that seem illogical to some of us

Whatever said and done – the city is forever growing. Apartment complexes are coming up in the middle of nowhere. Again , as we drive through these areas, we ask each other the same question – who buys property here.

The answer is the same – You buy only what your pocket can afford