"People used to ask me, aap paanch saal kya karte hai? (What do you do for five years?) Because people think the Election Commission works once in five years," says a grinning Surinder Kumar Mendiratta, author of two books on election laws, but more importantly the legal advisor to the Election Commission of India and its unsung hero in a way. Despite being retired from service for 20 years now, Mr Mendiratta has been the "go-to-guy" for India's most globally recognised and respected brand, the Election Commission. He also feels the current cap on political funding will ease the worries of the Election Commission. The humble gentleman also narrates the interesting reason behind India's transformation to from the ballot paper to the Electronic Voting Machine.