January 14, 2006

The Word is out

Ladies and Gentlemen, the wait is over. The hectic final voting spell spread over a week that also saw a repoll for the Best Designed Indiblog category -- an unprecedented event in the history of the Indibloggies -- is finally over and we are all set to declare the results. The public poll, thanks to the sophisticated poll script that we used this year, demanded that you unearthed all those email IDs that you created but never used, including those "2 minute" mailinator ones. And those who only had that lone yahoo ID since years were also delighted to get the additional Yahoo ID. It was, all in all, a peaceful poll with no untoward incidents. A record 1278 people registered for the poll but only 892 actually cast their vote, by virtue of those "a@b.com" email ID that were used to register and those cookies resting on your machine, I am happy that they could verify that the system was quite hard-wearing, the polls couldn't be sturdier than this, IMHO.

And since I don't want to irk you with anecdotes of innocent emails that ranged from "I just got the voting link. How do I nominate the sites?" to "Hey the link is not working" to "I never voted but got a mail saying thanks for voting" to "I won't vote", here are the results:

IndiBlog of the year  [Tally]

India UncutIndia Uncut is the Best Indiblog at the Indibloggies 2005. Amit Varma, author of India Uncut and a Mumbai based journalist is a maverick of quick posts and anything that starts with a "C", cows and cricket for instance. He not only bagged 25% of the votes cast for the category but also has the distinction to bag 225 votes, the highest number of votes bagged by any blog/site in this competition (yes, we know that voting for this category was mandatory but we are talking statistics here) and emerged a clear winner. Such fun! Amit wins

Best Topical IndiBlog  [Tally]

India UncutMumbai based ace journalist, Sonia Faleiro (wow, the journos seem to have hijacked these awards ;) ) is the winner of this category and wins:

Best Humanities IndiBlog  [Tally]

India UncutJabberwock, the witty, no-nonsensical (ya, forget whatever Lewis Carroll said) blog of Jai Arjun, a Delhi based journalist. Jai wins:

Best Science/Technology IndiBlog  [Tally]

India UncutThe winning blog is The Scientific Indian by that "hominid born out of star dust that coalesced some 5 billion years ago" -- Selvakumar bagged 30% of the votes in this category. Selvakumar wins

The first runner up blog in this category Digital Inspiration wins a copy of Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition worth $299 sponsored by Microsoft India. This and the second runner up blog Michael Parekh on IT also win one Exam Simulator each, of their choice, sponsored by Whizlabs.

Best IndiBlog directory/service/clique  [Tally]

India UncutDesiPundit is the winner here. The hot one-stop news channel of Indi blogdom is a clear favorite among readers and bagged 46% of the votes cast for the category. The blog representative wins one Indibloggies T-shirt sponsored by Sakshi Juneja.

Indiblog with the best Tagline  [Tally]

India UncutMall Road is the winner. Shivam Vij, the guy with vicious plans, such as, toppling a few governments, wins:

The public opinion seemed quite divided on this category, with all the blogs in the fray finishing very close. This was one category that cheesed off a lot of people and this is probably the last time it appears at the Indibloggies.

Best Designed IndiBlog  [Tally]

India Uncut A walk in the clouds.. by Megha wins with 37% votes and strengthened my belief in the power of "collective wisdom". Yeh public hai, sab janti hai. This category witnessed some heated arguments on the scope of the award. The Jury was of a divided opinion, nominees rejected were unhappy and it was time we left the decision to the junta. This is the only category at the Indibloggies that had "all" the publicly nominated blogs competing for the award. The opinion that has clearly emerged out of the debate that followed it is that people do want that to come up to its name the category should only recognize original designs in future. Megha wins:

Best New Indiblog  [Tally]

Hooked on HeatThe best new Indiblog is Meenakshi Agarwal's spicy food blog Hooked on Heat. Meenakshi wins:

Best Photo Blog  [Tally]

India UncutJe walla award ja rya si Nilesh Chaudhary's ShutterBug nu. The "wizard of Canon" Nilesh wins :

Best Sports IndiBlog  [Tally]

India UncutSight Screen a group blog with authors such as Arjun Swarup and Prem Panicker. The blog representative wins a 25MB hosting package worth Rs.1000/- from Web1 Solutions and one Indibloggies T-shirt sponsored by Sakshi Juneja.

IndiBloggies 2005 lifetime achiever  [Tally]

India UncutGuru Subramaniam aka Lazy Geek is the winner with 44% votes. Guru wins:

Best Group Blog  [Tally]

India UncutDesiPundit is the winner here with a massive 45% votes in its kitty. The blog representative wins a copy of The Big Moo: Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable by Seth Godin and 32 other renowned authors.

Best Indic blog [Hindi]   [Tally]

India UncutMumbai Blog won in this category with 44% votes. Shashi Singh, the author, wins:

The runner up blog, Anup Shukla's Fursatiya wins:

  • Sushma Jagmohan's Hindi novel "Zindagi Email".
  • Navneet Bakshi's book "Mein bhi bana Minister"

Best Indic blog [Kannada]  [Tally]

Kanndave Nitya

Best Indic blog [Malayalam]  [Tally]

Kalesh’s World

Best Indic blog [Marathi]  [Tally]

The winner blog is Marathi Sahitya and wins one copy each of P.L.Desphpande’s Marathi books Poorvarang and Apoorvaaii from Marathi Blog Vishwa.

The runner up blog is Disamaji Kahitari… wins P.L.Deshpande Marathi book Jaave Tyanchyaa Deshaa presented by Marathi Blog Vishwa.

Best Indic blog [Tamil]  [Tally]


Best Indic blog [Telugu] [Tally]

Amazing Telugus wins an award of Rs.1000/- from Kiran Kumar Chava

Hearty congratulations to all the Winners! Thanks also to all the sponsors for being associated with and adding glory to Indiblogging. My heartfelt thanks to all the Jurors for your time and efforts. I also convey thanks to Jitendra Chaudhary to bear the postage costs for the gifts being sent by the Indibloggies. The money donated by Dr.Vivek Kochikar would be kept in buffer and utilized in paying the hosting costs next year on.

  • Winner may collect their award-badges here.
  • All prizes would be sent to Indian destinations only.
  • All winners are requested to send an email at indibloggies at gmail dot com with subject "PRIZE CLAIM 2005" with their complete postal address.
  • Please allow 4-6 weeks for the gifts to reach you, no intermediate correspondence on this delivery status of the awards please.
  • Some other pending awards would be added to this post later.
  • We do not take responsibility for loss of gifts in transit. Gifts cannot be exchanged for cash. We reserve the right to alter or cancel any or all of the awards mentioned above. No objections would be entertained.


DesiPundit » The Indibloggies are out said...

[...] DesiPundit bags the top honours in the two categories in which it was nominated. Congratulations to the other winners. [...]

MVS said...

over a week that also saw a repoll for the Best Designed Indiblog category — an unprecedented event in the history of the Indibloggies — is finally over"History"...what history do you go got dude! Its hardly an year. Its hilarious to see the "Life time achievement award" unless the nominees are worker Bees which has lifespan of one year.that you created but never used, including those "2 minute" mailinator ones. And those who only had that lone yahoo ID since years were also delighted to get the additional Yahoo ID.Quite funny ain't we. Where was all this humor when you made those idiotic explanations regarding best designed blogs where you decided to be a complete idiot than a half one. That was the most dementing logic one has ever used. Everyone knows this is your way of making yourself popular. But please atleast try hide the obvious by being little more smarter than this.

Debashish replied:Indibloggies 2005 is into its third year, congrats on getting out of coma. [MVS' IP (chances are, is a fake):]

world from my eyes - दुनिया मेरी नजर से!! » इंडिब्लॉगीज़ 2005, परिणाम घोषित!! said...

[...] इंडिब्लॉगीज़ 2005 के परिणाम देबाशीश ने घोषित कर दिए हैं, और जैसी कि उम्मीद थी, अमित वर्मा सर्वश्रेष्ठ भारतीय ब्लॉग की बाज़ी मार ले गए!! पाकिस्तान में मज़े कर रहे अमित ने अवश्य बटर चिकन और तंदूरी बकरे के साथ इस जीत को मनाया होगा!! यह विचारणीय तथ्य है कि एक वर्ष पूर्व 2004 में अमित ने इसी ब्लॉग के लिए सर्वश्रेष्ठ नए भारतीय ब्लॉग का पुरस्कार जीता था(इंडिब्लॉगीज़ 2004)। [...]

Amit Gupta said...

Congrats to all winners!! :)

KarmaDude said...

Congratulations to all the winners! I would also like to thank the organizers for their fabulous efforts.

Balaji Subra said...

Great Execution of the polls. My sincere thanks.

रवि said...

congrats to all winners!

Kudos to Debu - the one man ARMY for this to happen with GRAND success!!!

[Re-Entry: Week 2] Blog Awards, Buses, And More at Psychotic Rambings Of A Mad Man… said...

[...] Todays’ hottest news is that the Indibloggies 2005 results have been declared. I kinda feel proud about it right now,for I had a great deal of fun participating in the jury process and discovering a great many of interesting new blogs through it. I must congratulate Debashish for the splendid show this year, and the beautiful concept that the Indibloggies Awards have come around to be, over the years. Yet another glorious Indian blogosphere tradition, to be cherished by one and all. [...]

asiapundit said...

indibloggie awards 2005

The 2005 results for the indibloggies are out visit the results here. Congratulations to Amit Varma for taking the top spot, and to DesiPundit and all of the other winners. Technorati Tags: asia, blogs, india, south asia

The Indian Economy Blog » Blog Archive » Hitching Our Wagon To A Star.. said...

[...] Uber-blogger Amit Varma’s India Uncut is Indiblog of the year. India Uncut came in numero uno by a wide margin, which doesn’t surprise anyone who knows a thing or two about the desi blogosphere (the Blogistan). If you haven’t read his blog yet, now’s a good time to start. And don’t just take our word for it. Vox populi… [...]

Sailaja said...

Congratulations to all the winners and the organisers sure have done a great job!

VK Narayanan said...

Congratulations to all winners out there. Also kudos to Indibloggies team for such a great event.

Aks Seth said...


Congratulations to all winners. I am sure the blogistan will join hands with me in appreciating the efforts of all those who instituted and have conducted these polls. Kudos to debashish (thats the only name I know of this team) & all those involved

Jitendra Chaudhary said...

All is well,when end's well. Congratulations to Debashish, for such an efforts. Great Job. Best wishes to all the Winners.

सत्यनिष्ठ शर्मा धुरंधर said...

लख लख बधाईयाँ होवे। इस साल के जीतने वाले सच्चे हकदार दिखे है , तभी तो चालिस पचास वोट हि पाके जीत गये हिंदी वाले भी। पिछले साल सतनारायण की परसादी की तरह फर्जी वोट जो नही डलवा पाये.

Gagan said...

Congratulations to all the winners. A very well organized competition and great jury too. Cheers to everyone.

Further, it felt nice to be in the foray for the best photoblog. I have seen excellent photos through this competition and am more aware of the fellow photoblog brethren. Must say, I had a great time and lots of fun. Keep up the great work.

मुम्बई ब्लॉग » Blog Archive » ब्लॉगर बंधुओ को मुम्बई ब्लॉग का आभार said...

[...] कोई भी पुरस्कार या सम्मान प्राप्त होने के बाद धन्यवाद देने की पुरानी परंपरा है. इस परंपरा का निर्वाह करते हुए मुम्बई ब्लॉग को Best Indic blog [Hindi] चुनने के लिए मैं आप सबका हार्दिक धन्यवाद करता हूं [...]

ashish dikshit said...

congratulations to all the winners, participants as well as the organisers!
but i would lov to see more blogs in indian languages next time. i appeal all the indian english bloggers to write in their mother-tongues as well. also, y isnt there catagories of best gujarati and bengali blogs?

Boomboom said...

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks Debu for the repoll in the design category. Even though I didnt win but including all the blogs nominated was a relief ;)

Priyank said...

Congrats to all winners. Kudos to organizers, Debashish ofcourse.

Ajay Sanghani said...

Congratulations to all winners, and well done to IndiBloggies for organizing this country wide hunt of best bloggers. We look forward to submit some entries next year from our list of new bloggers at itvidya.
Ajay Sanghani

ilaxi said...

Congratulations!!! Success is counted Sweetest and may all Winners strive for excellence o'er again n again! Keep it up!
- ilaxi
Official Blogger for MJ Akbar

DesiPundit » Auctioning off our Indibloggies prizes said...

[...] As you all know, DesiPundit won awards in two categories at the Indibloggies. We are not claiming our prizes and instead offering them to our readers. The catch is, we are auctioning them off and will be donating all proceeds to Anuradha Bakshi’s ProjectWhy. The gifts are as follows: [...]

Word Junkie » La Martiniere old girls’ blog said...

[...] Talking about Indian bloggers, the Indibloggies are out — the Indian weblog awards “showcasing excellence in the Indian blogosphere”, as the organisers say. Winners include old familiars, but, boy, oh boy, this is the first time I came across Sonia Faleirio and Mall Road. Working in Singapore, I have obviously not been keeping up with all the home news. Some of these bloggers are pretty stylish and opinionated as bloggers ought to be, if they have that freedom, that is. So many constraints can get in the way — one’s job, one’s future, the family, the society one lives in. But there are free spirits. Hats off to them, from this Anonymous Coward.   [...]

A Few Phone Calls at Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind said...

[...] Saturday morning. I wake up to see that Shahid Afridi has blasted the Indian attack to smithereens. Younis Khan, another mediocre player whose career India has made, came as close to a double century as possible. As a result, we are now battling to save the Test. And I had lost the Indibloggies Indiblog of the year to Amit Varma (225 to 159 votes). [...]

फ़ुरसतिया » श्रीलाल शुक्ल-विरल सहजता के मालिक said...

[...] कल शनिवार को जब दोपहर आफिस से घर आया तो डाक से आया किताब का एक पैकेट मेरा इंतजार कर रहा था। सोचा शायद देबाशीष ने भेजा होगा। पैकेट खोलते हुये सोच भी रहा था यार,ये इतनी मोटी किताब कहां से होगी जिन्दगी ई-मेल। शाश्वत धिक्कारबोध भी मुंह बिराने लगा कि नेताओं की तरह घोषणा तो कर दिये अभी तक किताबें भेजी नहीं। लेकिन जब सिमसिम खुला तो मजा बढ़ गया। धिक्कारबोध भी भाग गया जैसे सिपाही को देखकर बिना हफ्ता दिये चोरी करने वाला भागता है। [...]

Sumir Sharma said...

Congrats. to Shashi Singh for winning best Indin Blog (Hindi) for Mumbai Blog.


Hooked on Heat » Best New Indiblog…Me?? … Yes ME!!! said...

[...] Noteworthy... [...]

Anil said...

Congratulation to all winners, hope the next awards bring in more encouragement for the community.

செ.பு.க.காட்சியில் வாங்கிய புத்தகங்கள் « Prakash’s Chronicle 2.0 said...

[...] வாங்கிய புத்தகங்கள் indibloggies தேர்தலில் வெற்றி பெற்ற முகமூடிக்கு [...]

मुम्बई ब्लॉग । mumbaiblogs » Blog Archive » ब्लॉगर बंधुओ को मुम्बई ब्लॉग का आभार said...

[...] का निर्वाह करते हुए मुम्बई ब्लॉग को Best Indic blog [Hindi] चुनने के लिए मैं आप सबका हार्दिक [...]

मुम्बई ब्लॉग » ब्लॉगर बंधुओ को मुम्बई ब्लॉग का आभार said...

[...] का निर्वाह करते हुए मुम्बई ब्लॉग को Best Indic blog [Hindi] चुनने के लिए मैं आप सबका हार्दिक [...]