Sunday, September 5, 2010

Please Return to Vote for BATOM 14

Voting gets over at 22:00 hrs (IST) on Sep 12, 2010. Remember, that means time stamp of your comment can be at most 21:59 and not 22:00.

Lets welcome the new Blog-a-Tonics
You all will be blogrolled on the conclusion of this edition of BAT.

Click here to check the fellow Blog-a-Tonics who took part in this Blog-a-Ton along with the direct links to their posts.

In this edition,  64 blog-a-tonics participated, 63 of them within the stipulated time.

Please follow the following rules while voting.


2. You can cast upto 3 votes or cheers as we call them, and of course you can not vote for yourself.
In short, you are allowed to vote for one, two or three entries. All your votes will carry the same weightage.

3.  Your Voting Comment should start as follows:

I vote for - 
1. XYZ; his/her post = http://ABC/xyz.html
2. DEF; his/her post = http://LMN/def.html
3. PQR; his/her post = http://RST/pqr.html

I participated - <a href="YOUR POST LINK">YOUR POST LINK</a>
I vote for -

Replace the parameters highlighted in red with their actual values.

Remove the extra code in case you are voting for less than three entries.

3. While voting for a Blog-a-Tonic, use his/her name as provided by him/her in his/her participation entry and not his/her profile name.

4.  Post your vote in the comments section of this post.
5. All your votes should be posted in a single comment. So, take your time - go through all posts - only then decide your one or two or three favourites.
In case you vote separately, only the first comment will be taken into consideration.

Now coming to the other rules:
  • Voting ends at  2200 hrs (IST) on  Sep 12, 2010.
  • I have started moderating the comments and won’t display the voting comments till the end of this process to keep the result secret till its conclusion.
  • After the voting code mentioned above, you may also add the reason, why you voted for a particular post to help others know what you expect as a reader. Moreover, you may also mention the other posts that you liked though you can vote for just one of them. 
The Votes will be discarded without any prior warning in case they are not sufficiently compatible with the rules.

So, if there is any query about voting or you do not find yourself blogrolled, feel free to drop in a mail. I'll try to get back to you asap.

A Reminder - Have your number of participations reached 10???
Then you are eligible to be included into the List of Veteran Blog-a-Tonics.  Just drop me a mail with the links to all your posts (or simply label all your BAT entries and send me that single link).

Remember, the time stamp of your comment can be at most 21:59 and not 22:00 on Sep 12.

Hoping to see similar participation in voting too
Blog-a-Tonically Yours


  1. I participated in BAT 14. My RETURN can be found: HERE

    I choose to vote for the following:

    1. Rumya: HER POST LINK
    For a poetic form, filled with intriguing rhyme and repetitions, she made the repetitions hold attention through the poem.. The creativity was good. Rumz, I'm loving the execution on your experiments!

    2. Zainab: HER POST LINK
    For a first attempt at poetry, she kept her rhyme simple and her words simpler. I applaud her for that. Zainab, do more poems.. you'll just become better. All the best.

    I could only decide these votes..
    Others that came close to a vote were Shruti and Sadiya Merchant.

    Thanks to all 64 participating Blog-a-Tonics..!

  2. I participated, Someone Is Special - Return

    First of all thanks to Leo for suggesting a wonderful topic...

    I vote for Leo, his post link Leo - Return

    Reason: A powerful character kroora, and a painful truth behind it.. Yet another masterpiece from LEO. No more words needed to describe this sheer work of brilliance..

    I vote for Karthik, his post link Karthik - Return

    Reason: A mini novel penned down, If I read some of the works, I can say, narration is the key or the plot or the way of expressing but in his story I was mesmerized. I dunno what to say because this is the best in all the possible ways.. Loved it Karthik..

    I vote for Zainab Urooj, her post link Zainab - Return

    Reason: What a wonderful poem that was... The words touched my hearts, "Faith, love and trust. I'd walk on this road. for all I seek is the heaven 'Abode' A step towards the straight path For I know, 'Unto Him is the Final Return'". Lovely words... Well done Zainab..

    Apart from these three, this time I love to mention all the post I enjoyed reading it. According to me all these people are deserved to be winners.

    1. Rachana - Return
    Reason: What a innocent Return? or What a bliss? or What a romance? or What a dream?.. What a poet and what a poem that was... Loved it Rachana...

    2. Rumya - Return
    Reason: Belief of the town and Mom's belief, a lovely potrayal.. Loved it Rumya

    3. RiikaInfinityy - Return
    Reason: A tear-filled post that composed of prose, poetry and image which has no words to describe.. Great work RiikaInfinityy...

    4. Mahesh - Return
    Reason: Lovely compilation, loved the thoughts behind his take on return.. Well done Mahesh

    5. Phoenixritu - Return
    Reason: Param, a wonderful character and a moral behind it.. Great work..

    6. Sid - Return
    Reason: Smart way of telling his ideas and unique thoughts returned.. Loved it Siddesh..

    7. Cherry Blossom - Return
    Reason: Lovely Sketches, what a poem, great work of brilliance found here.. I am impressed totally..

    8. Brijender - Return
    Reason: Brijender, Interesting plot, Enjoyed the tale of Sayyad and Sidra.

    9. Nethra - Return
    Reason: "The request is granted".. What a post it was, a typical post from her.. Sorry Nethra, couldn't post a comment on your blog as the comment window is a embedded window. As I am viewing from my office, I won't be able to see Post Comment Button.

    10. Jaspreet - Return
    Reason: A poem which describes to return to a childhood, one of the best form of return.

    --Someone Is Special--

  3. I participated -
    I vote for -
    1. NAME OF THE FIRST BLOGATONIC YOU VOTE FOR; his/her postlink =
    3. NAME OF THE THIRD BLOGATONIC YOU VOTE FOR; his/her postlink =

  4. I participated -

    I vote for -

    1. Shahid; his/her postlink =

    2. Leo; his/her postlink =

    3. Brijender; his/her postlink =

    Shahid because it was an engrossing tale. Though it was a bit lengthy with too many characters to follow, I still feel it deserves a vote because of the ending. Beautifully done and an unusual take.

    Leo because I liked the way the protagonist came back to terms with her life and that too through forgiveness. I always like stories with a positive end. A meaningful tale with showing reality and also how to deal with it.

    Brijender because it was another long but constantly moving ahead and clean story. There were elements of mystery, myth and the use of good vocabulary throughout the post, gives it my vote.

  5. I participated - Maddie - Return

    I vote for -
    1. Phoenixritu; her postlink = Phoenixritu - Return
    2. Shruti; her postlink =
    Shruti - Return

  6. I participated - MY POST LINK
    I vote for -
    1. A Restless Min; his/her postlink = HIS/HER POST LINK
    2. Brijendra Singh; his postlink = HIS/HER POST LINK
    3. Raksha Raman ;her postlink = HIS/HER POST LINK

  7. I participated -
    I vote for -
    1. Shruti; his/her post =
    2. Leo; his/her post =
    3. Rumya; his/her post =

  8. I am simply putting the links coz my earlier comment did not go thru properly . Marshal hope this will be counted .

    I tikuli participated

    and I vote for


    Aman Arora


    Raksha Raman

  9. I participated - Return
    I vote for -
    1. Kshitij = Return
    2. Sidra = Return
    3. Samadrita = Return

  10. I participated -

    I vote for -

    1. Leo; his/her post =

    2. CHERRY BLOSSOM; his/her post =

  11. I participated - YOUR POST LINK
    I vote for -
    1. Sid; his/her postlink = HIS/HER POST LINK
    2. Brijender Singh; his/her postlink = HIS/HER POST LINK
    3.Vignesh; his/her postlink = HIS/HER POST LINK

    Sid-Because of his hilarious yet touchy take on the prompt and the narrative too was smooth.
    Brijender Singh-Because of the great combination of fiction+poetry+some facts in the post(an enchating tale).The choice of words and the smooth narrative made up for a wonderful read.
    Vignesh-Because of his poignant tale of lost childhood which he conveyed using such few words and without any explicit mention.

    It was really very difficult to chose since everyone had treated the prompt so differently and brilliantly.
    Other posts that I really liked(in no particular order) are:
    1.Leo-for his brilliant narrative
    2.Samadrita-For her different take on a prisoner's return to the maintream.
    3.Aman Arora-for teaching us a lesson that trusting someone too much often leads to self-ruin.
    4.Rinaya- for her very unique take-a poem based on flag's colors.
    5.Cherry Blossom-for her truly touching mother son poem.

  12. Hieee
    I participated - Sadiya Merchant- Return

    I vote for -

    1. Karthik; his postlink Karthik- Return

    2. Shruti; her postlink Shruti- Return

    3. Md. Muddassir Shah; his postlink -Md. Muddassir Shah- Return

    Also I thought other entries like Zainab’s and Brijender’s were awesome.....but couldn’t sneak them in the top 3.

    Writing for blogaton for the first time, it has been awesome!!!!! ......everyone was sooo good and soo warm....with such wonderful write-ups. Loved it!!! Only regret is not finding this place before!

    Thanx n good luck to all....Bubbiee!

  13. I RESTLESS participated -

    I vote for -

    1. BRIJENDER; his/her post =

    2. Gyan; his/her post =

    3. D2; his/her post =


  14. I participated -
    I vote for -
    1. Leo; his/her postlink =
    2. Shruti; his/her postlink =
    3. Dreamer; his/her postlink =

    I read all the entries, reading so many takes on RETURN was awesome. It was so difficult to select only 3. :)

  15. I participated -

    I vote for -
    1. Shruti; her post =

    2. Rinaya; her post =

    3. RiikaInfinityy; her post =

    Here's why:
    1. Shruti - She narrated a pretty usual event (barring the end of course) in the most special way. I select this post less for the concept of return but more for the skills of the writer. I was giving points to all the posts in the BAT... and I gave Shruti the highest. Her post was a 'wow' for me.

    2. Rinaya - The poem shelled out the love for India. And I am very senti about our homeland. Moreover, when she said a 'rising overdue', it was just the kind of thing I have thought of so many times. It was an excellent poem. Cant really express what I felt on reading it. I wanted to thank her for writing it. Thank you, I say now.

    3. RiikaInfinityy (Ritika, I think) - Her post was like a dream. I could list so many different emotions I encountered while reading it. Plus: She experimented with music. And I love people who love experimenting. Her post was surreal, for me. Very beautiful.

    And then, there were a few who I struggled big time to keep out of my third position (Shruti and Rinaya were always confirmed... Ritika got the third .. just ahead of the following):

    -Zainab (poem that spoke only of purity)
    -Brijender (excellent tale)
    -Tuppence (for the concept of returning to the pillow)
    -Karthik (for the effort... and the story... had his end been a little different, he would have been in the top 3 for me)
    -Manjunath (I just loved his post. A very unique one it was.)

    This was my first BAT. I loved it. It's definitely not going to be the last.

  16. I couldn read all the posts. without reading everything i couldn't vote!! sry!

  17. I participated -
    I vote for -
    1. adreamygal; his/her postlink =
    2. ~ RACHANA SHAKYAWAR; his/her postlink =
    3. Aman Arora; his/her postlink =

    these 3 posts were all written so nicely
    adreamygal:her post was the best i guess,
    rachana:the words are put is too good,
    aman: the story is so well narrated.

    apart from these, the posts which i wanted to vote for were, a very well written poem, reminds u of ur lost days, again a very touching post, dis one being too hatke,

    n obviously my own post :)

  18. I participated -

    I vote for -
    1. Sadiya; her postlink =

    2. Sweta; her postlink =

    3. D2; his postlink =

    The above choices are in no particular rank/order.
    I liked the expression in each of their posts as it seemed to instantly connect with me as a reader. There are numerous other posts that came close and i would like to applaud each attempt at RETURN.

  19. I participated -
    I vote for -
    1. Raksha Raman; his/her post =
    2. Siddhesh 'Ravan' Kabe; his/her post
    3. D2; his/her post =

  20. I participated :
    I vote for :
    1. Brijender Singh :
    2. Mahesh Kalal :
    3. Kshitij Khurana :

    I liked Tikuli and Samadrita's expression on Return too! :)

  21. Gosh...I posted the wrong links I guess...
    Pls ignore the earlier comment.

    I participated :

    I vote for :
    1. Brijender Singh :
    2. Mahesh Kalal :
    3. Kshitij Khurana :

    I also liked Tikuli and Samadrita's expression on Return.

  22. I participated - Return

    I vote for -

    1. Sadiya Merchant ; her postlink = Return

    Happy Endings are endearing and her's was one which wasn't just puppy love but much more. Narrated as though she's sitting next to us and telling a tale. Strong and simple characters add the adrenaline factor.

    2. Raksha Raman; her postlink = Return

    For daring to change a conservative post to something funky and just hours before the submission deadline. It's always nice to shake it up a little. Kudos for creativity!

    3. Brijender; his postlink = Return

    Brijender your entry was a unique take on a tale of impossibles. You've always written with a certain degree of finesse and 'Return' only serves as a case in point. The exotic abyss was described not as a stony location but as a place capable of generating a whirlwind of a romance and that for me was a clincher.

    I hope you'll be a winner in more ways than one.

  23. I participated - YOUR POST LINK
    I vote for -
    1. Sahid mukadam; his/her postlink = HIS/HER POST LINK
    2. Shruti; his/her postlink = HIS/HER POST LINK