Avant Garde Bloggies Awards – Winners


Without much ado, I announce winners and runner-ups for Avant Garde Bloggies Awards that has spanned for three months and had support from a number of people: badge designer, the judges, the poll managers, the Scrutinising Committee, participants  and several others who contributed in other small ways.

1. Most courageous post

Winner: The Vagina Dialogues
Author: Ideasmith
Runner up: Let’s Talk about Porn
Author: Crazy Sam

2. Best short story post

Winner: Little Bundle of Love
Author: Sakhi
Runner up: Imperfect Circle
Author: Mystique

3. Best off-beat post

Winner: Art of Embarrassing Others
Author: Smita
Runner up: Classification of Students
Author: Reema

4. Best book review post

Winner: Of Revenge and Guilt
Author: Smita
Runner up: To Have and Have Not Aravind Adigas
Author: Jabberwock

5. Best movie review post

Winner: Classic Weekend
Author: Oxy
Runner up: A Rather Late But Wonderful Introduction to Satyajit Ray
Author: Devaki

6. Most interesting tag post

Winner: And That’s How A Tag is Done
Author: Reema
Runner up: The A-to-Zs of Me
Author: Ringchen

7. Best How-to post

Winner: How to be Writer and Sleep Like French
Author: LaBeletteRouge
Runner up: How to Write a Feature Article?
Author: Nita

8. Most interesting personal rant post

Winner: The Burning Taxi and Eggless Mob
Author: Amit
Runner up: From Bangalore, With Love
Author: Nikhil

9. Best regional/cultural post

Winner: Fun Time of the Year
Author: Reema
Runner up: A Chennai Guide
Author: Maami

10. Best current affairs post

Winner: Raping Bonanza in Orissa
Author: Amit
Runner up: Hindu-Christian Violence in India
Author: Nimmy

11. Best eye-opener post

Winner: Motherhood-Necessity or Choice
Author: Reema
Runner up: Before U Shit Plz
Author: Brocasarea

12. Most humorous post

Winner: Sub-Continent Declares War on China
Author: Hades
Runner up: Matrimonially Yours
Author: Amit

13. Best satirical post

Winner: Delhi Bomb Blasts: A Pigeons View
Author: Amit
Runner up: Link Love
Author: Rambodoc

14. Best musical post

Winner: Rainbow Song Updated
Author: Kris Bass
Runner up: Uncanny Lyrics Make Tashan Groovy
Author: Mahak

15. Best visual post

Winner: Paintings
Author: Amit
Runner up: Valley School Birding Trip
Author: Sandeep

16. Best human interest story post

Winner: Indians or Moral Police
Author: Reema
Runner up: Story of Unchaahi
Author: Roop

17. Best travel post

Winner: Europe: The Unforgettable Tour
Author: Nick
Runner up: Punducherry is Still Quite French
Author: Nita

18. Best consumer rights post

Winner: What’s in Your Biscuit?
Author: Nita
Runner up: The Postal Scam
Author: Reema

19. Most informative post award (link blogging)

Winner: Invisible Dimensions
Author: Amit
Runner up:Participating in a Reality Show-Think Again
Author: Nita

20. Best product review post

Winner: Google Chrome vs Mozilla Firefox
Author: Vaibhav
Runner up: Review: iMac Core Duo 17
Author: Dinesh Babu

21. Best ‘culinery’ post

Winner: A Quick Nutritious Indian Pizza Uttappa
Author: Nita
Runner up: Palaak Paneer and Aloo Parantha
Author: Sandeep

22. Best public interest post

Winner: To Sir, With Hatred
Author: Meghana
Runner up: Public Smoking Ban
Author: Nita

23. Most insane post

Winner: The Hitchhikers Guide to Lose A Guy
Author: Amit
Runner up: Farting Etiquettes
Author: Nikhil

24. Best Social Issues post

Winner: Irony of Being a Mother-in-Law
Author: Phoenixritu
Runner up: Lost Love and Fair Skin
Author: Reema

25. Best Poetic post

Winner: Cram It Like No One
Author: Puneet
Runner up: For Yourself
Author: Vishesh

Blog awards

1. Most beautiful header award

Winner: Priya
Runner up: Apar

2. Most interesting sidebar award

Winner: Amit and Nita
Runner up: Mahak

3. Best “About me” page award

Winner: Amit
Runner up: Ringchen

4. Best blog design award

Winner: Oxy
Runner up: Smita

5. Most disciplined blogger

Winner: Nita
Runner up: Reema

6. Most networking blogger

Winner: Sakhi
Runner up: Nikhil

7. Most responsive blogger

Winner: Vimal
Runner up: Sakhi

Congratulations to all the winners! With this we pull the curtain on Avant Garde Bloggies Awards 2008. Thank you each one of you who participated and contributed to make this mammoth project possible. Many thanks to you, guys! 🙂

All the Avant Garde badges have been designed by Chirag.

65 Responses to “Avant Garde Bloggies Awards – Winners”

  1. 1 Rinchen December 11, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Congratulations to all the winners. They truly deserved it! Sad to see the contest end. Good job, Poonam and gang.

  2. 2 rambodoc December 11, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Thanks, and great job! And when am I gonna get my iPhone? Make sure it is the 3G version, don’t get cheap on me now!

  3. 3 amit December 11, 2008 at 10:02 am

    I was expecting 2 or 3 awards at the most. But 8???? This is too much for me to handle!!
    This is one of the most happiest days if my life!!! 🙂
    Thank you so much to everyone who voted and judged and made this possible and thanks to Poonam for the wonderful idea. I hope the Awards return every year.
    I am feeling very “James Cameron-ish/Peter Jackson-ish” 😀

  4. 4 jottingsnmusings December 11, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Wow, this is amazing! I am happy to be runner-up too, the competition was simply awesome. Whoever voted for me – thanks! 😀 Wonderful effort Poonam and friends! We got to know some great blogs through this process. Please do this next year too.

    And I’d like to know – can I display the badge on my blog? (With the runner-up disclaimer ofcourse!)

  5. 5 Poonam Sharma December 11, 2008 at 10:12 am

    @Rinchen: I think you were runner-up in two categories. Congratulations!

    @Rambodoc: iphone with 3G? This is serious. Who made this promise o you. Sue him/her for your rights. 😛

    @Amit: Congratulations! Nor did I thought you will get 8 awards. Thank your voters, I guess. 🙂

    @jottingsmusings: Feel free to put the badge in your sidebar with link to this post. and yes, most important, it should be made clear it was runner-up! Congratulations, it was well deserved! 🙂

  6. 6 Nita December 11, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Congrats Poonam for taking this award competition so well to the end. I was expecting to win 2-3 awards, but was prepared for not winning any! So the runner-ups are a nice surprise. And I must say I am glad to lose to Amit, who happens to be my favourite blogger.
    Thanks to all those who voted for me.

  7. 7 Nimmy December 11, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Hey hey..Thatz a grand finale Poonam and team..Great work and my heartfelt appreciation for the time and effort you guys spent on this..Congragulations to all winners..I am glad that you opted for the runner up-s 🙂 Thanks to all those who voted for me.To me,being a runner up is a great appreciation,as I am a relatively newbie and my contacts in blogoshpere are just on the start and still people voted for me..Thank you all and again,congragulations to all winners and special pats for the people behind the screen..

    Good day

  8. 8 nick December 11, 2008 at 11:21 am

    1 nomination- and that led to an award !!! Yaaaaaaaaay 🙂

    I agree with Amit….this is one of the happiest days of my life too!! 🙂

    Thanks a lot to everyone who voted…..and my heartiest congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!!! 🙂 Cheers!

  9. 9 Kiran December 11, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Great effort Poonam and the gang! Congratulations to all winners, truly well deserved 🙂

  10. 10 Anshul December 11, 2008 at 11:34 am

    What? I haven’t won in any category. I demand a recount. 😉

    “I would like to congratulate everyone who has won this award and would like to thank their readers, their parents and the people for their support and votes. I would also like to thank Avant-Garde jury etc. for presenting them with these awards. 🙂 ” I have been waiting for this moment for long. Although I wanted to thank my readers, supporters etc. 😦

    And, for those who haven’t won the award please start blogging about something good and interesting and if you don’t have anything award worthy to write, atleast make some interesting header for your blog. 😀 Oh! that includes me too. 😐

  11. 11 Jo December 11, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Congrats to all winners and those who participated!

    And Poonam, your effort on this is highly appreciated!

  12. 12 Smita December 11, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you so much *sniff* *sniff* *wiping off my nose* on a very serious note, i wasn’t expecting to see my name there and man was i suprised? Poonam you are s star, you organised it so well. Thanks to everyone who voted for me 🙂 Amit where’s my party? I voted for you 😉 Oxy Oye! you nixed me in design? Wait till i meet you…

  13. 13 manushi December 11, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    congratulations to all the winners!! :-)…me, the blogging toddler is inspired!! 😀

  14. 14 megcloud9 December 11, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    thank you sooo much 🙂 just made my day !!!!!!!!!

    inspires me to write more on social issues that need immediate attention !

    congratulations to all the winners ! and the runners-up too 🙂

  15. 15 megcloud9 December 11, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Also,thank you to every one who voted ! I wish i could see the voting statistics 🙂 When will they be out ?

  16. 16 Chirag December 11, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Congratulations to all the winners!!! Next time I will take all the judges on a drink before they vote 😉 LOL

  17. 17 Chirag December 11, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Also Guys lets Cheers for Poonam for all her hardwork. Great organization.

  18. 18 Puneet December 11, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    I was anxiously waiting for the awards, and the first thing in the morning i woke up and checked the results(i usually wake up at 12.). Awesome, the bloggers here are awesome and Poonam and company is also total awesome. True good work. I loved the way the awards were organised, I would love to participate again in the awards again and help in any way I can. My best day in Kota till now. Great work!!!

  19. 19 Nikhil December 11, 2008 at 12:33 pm


    This has been an awesome journey for all of us! We have met interesting people through this and I think this will help bring the bloggers of the world closer! 🙂

    Cheers!! 🙂

    (PS: Yay, I won too!) 😀

  20. 20 Ghazala Khan December 11, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Interview Request

    Hello Dear and Respected,
    I hope you are fine and carrying on the great work you have been doing for the Internet surfers. I am Ghazala Khan from The Pakistani Spectator (TPS), We at TPS throw a candid look on everything happening in and for Pakistan in the world. We are trying to contribute our humble share in the webosphere. Our aim is to foster peace, progress and harmony with passion.

    We at TPS are carrying out a new series of interviews with the notable passionate bloggers, writers, and webmasters. In that regard, we would like to interview you, if you don’t mind. Please send us your approval for your interview at my email address “ghazala.khi at gmail.com”, so that I could send you the Interview questions. We would be extremely grateful.


    Ghazala Khan
    The Pakistani Spectator

  21. 22 kanagu December 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Congrats to all the winners 🙂
    And this is a great event happened in the blogging world 🙂

  22. 23 Oxy December 11, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Whoa!!! I was kinda expecting for Movie Review but for Design as well… I am honestly surprised.. And now that i have won in that category… Smita. all I would tell you is.. HeeHaw HeeHaw.. .

    Poonam and all those who were part of this, Many Thanks. 🙂

  23. 24 brocasarea December 11, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    thanks for the award…am grateful:)…

    and congartulations for other winners too:)

  24. 25 Reema December 11, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Yippeeee!! Thanks to all the voters for making Reemawati win.

    P.S. Best human interest post is still uncorrected 😦

  25. 26 deepsm25 December 11, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Hey, I must congratulate all the winners and most of all you for taking an awweesssum initiative and being the encouragement to so many.

  26. 27 Hades December 11, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    To start with I would like to thank my parents who paid hard cash for my education and slapped me around when I didn’t study. It’s all due to them.

    However, in spite of all the slaps, I still don’t know how to spell, so a big thanks to MS Word.

    And, of course, thanks to Blogspot, for providing me with a reliable free host!

    P.S: Great job Organisers. This was quite a novel idea and nice to see it go through (especially now that I’ve won :P…no, no, just kidding)

  27. 28 lallopallo December 11, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Congratulations to all the winners and to you Poonam for organizing it so well!!! You worked very hard and very fair for it without aiming for any rewards for this exercise. I salute you. 🙂

  28. 29 Crazy Sam December 11, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you very much.

    Congrats to all the winners, cheers to Poonam and team!
    Great show everyone!

  29. 30 scorpria December 11, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Poonam and the gang — kudos for the wonderful effort put in! Congratulations, winners and runners-up! You all deserved it.

    So, when’s the next award coming up ? 😀

  30. 31 nikkiman December 12, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Oh yes…..Congrats to Poonam and the entire team for their great work! Hats off to all of you 🙂

  31. 32 V December 12, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Thanks for awarding me one. I do feel delighted as this was not just a random award, but people actually chose my post out of many.

  32. 33 arvind December 12, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Congratulations to all the winners …

  33. 34 arvind December 12, 2008 at 1:40 am

    WE all need to get a treat from reema and amit 😀

  34. 35 vimal December 12, 2008 at 4:08 am

    Congratulationsssssss to all the winners !!!

    Poonam : You dont know how happy Im now !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Im ‘winning’ an award for the first time. Thank you sooooooo much !!!!!

    PS : Im booking myself as a volunteer for the next Avant Garde Bloggie Awards too. Wherever and However Iam, you can count on me once again for being a part of this prestigious award. It was wonderful working with you and the rest of the team.

  35. 36 fruity December 12, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Awesome!!! Feels so good to see the end result…
    Kudoz to the winners and runner ups- Here I go and pop a bottle of champagne…toast to you…

  36. 37 xylene December 12, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Congrats all winners !!!!!!

  37. 38 Perx December 12, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Great results! Congratulations to everybody who won…
    Congrats poonam for the success of the awards, it was fun working with y’all.. looking forward to avant garde 2009 😛

  38. 39 Trailblazer December 12, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Congrats to all winners. This was a great idea. It will only encourage better blogging.

    Well done.

  39. 40 dinu December 12, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Congrats, winners 🙂

  40. 41 maami December 12, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Congratulations to all the winners.

  41. 42 IdeaSmith December 12, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Thank you, so very much…
    – to everyone who voted for me. I don’t know if it is a good thing or not to have so many people relate to a post about child abuse but I guess building awareness is always a good thing.
    – and to Poonam for giving us all this platform and organising the awards. Great work and thank you so much!

  42. 43 Man of Roma December 13, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Congratulations to all the winners!! I have never seen anything like that and it is ok if I dodn’t win anything. I think that Poonam and the rest of the team did a wonderful job. But we must not forget it was Poonam who invented and promoted the whole thing. Poonam and her catchful eye. Hurrah for Poonam!! 🙂

  43. 44 praneshachar December 13, 2008 at 5:51 am

    congratulations to all the winners and nominations.
    kudos to very committed team of Poonam and the entire group
    very big applause and wishes from the core of my heart, u have
    done a yeomen service to the bolg community. It is really interesting
    and category of awards chossen speak volumes. great job and keep it up.
    will it be an annual even now on ? any plans like that? I feel you can
    make it.
    once again hearty congratulation to the winners, losers, participants, nominators, judges and whole team very committed Poonam & co.,


  44. 46 Paul December 13, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Congratulations to all the winners! Well done and well deserved!

  45. 47 La Belette Rouge December 13, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Congratulations to all the winners!!!

    Thank you so much! It is a thrill to win this lovely award. Thank you Poonam. I am still not sure how I got nominated or how this happened, but I am delighted it did. Thank you all you lovelies who voted for me. Also, Chirag I want to thank you for the gorgeous award that I will be displaying on my award with much pride. This is fantastic. Merci!!

  46. 48 La Belette Rouge December 14, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Poonam: I had a question for you. Would you mind sending me an email so I could email you my questions? Thanks, LBR

  47. 49 Poonam Sharma December 29, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    @All: Thnak you for the appreciation! It is touching.

    @Perx, Vimal: Thanks for helping me out, look forward to work with you again.

    @Reema and Amit: COngratulations, we all deserve a big treat from you.

    @LaBebetteRouge: I havedropped an email to you. Congratulations for winning, you have great friends who appreciate what you write. 🙂

    @Vimal: I am doing my best to motivate myself to do this tag. Its hard for me. 🙂

  48. 50 Patricia Torres March 22, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    This is awesome!! Congrats to all the winners… Well done!!

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