I started asking questions on Quora and recklessly promoted them(I had recently received 2500 credits from a total stranger as goodwill for explaining the idea of an application that I created). The only clue I had received was a tool called Deckard. I asked around a bit more, contacting creators of the already existing tools in l10n, and one of them, Nicolas, also the lead of Deckard, turned out to be a mentor of Ankur(he had joined just that week)! He helped me out a lot, and with drastic changes to the proposal, I came up with something that was in a good condition to be submitted. I could see light at the end of the tunnel.
By that time, I wanted to get in the Google Summer of Code at any cost, and it had become an obsession. I really love coding, and this was my first chance to do something substantial, and officially get an internship at the same time! I couldn't let it go- and there was no way I was going to.
... until the morning of 23rd of May. I got a mail from Greg Gay, the head of the ATutor project, with the header "GSoC Duplicate" (with carbon copies to the Ankur coordinator and the mentors for both projects.) Here's what it said.
You have potentially been selected by the IDI to work on the ATutor project and by Ankur India to work on one of their projects. We have decided to let you choose which project you prefer.
Can you let us know as soon as you can which project you want to work on. CC everyone when you reply please.Greg
I knew from one of the seniors that GSoC sends emails with either two subjects "Congratulations... " or "Thank you ..." depending on whether your proposal got selected. I got the "Thank You ..." mail and my heart stopped. Was it even possible that I didn't make it? Did the IDI admins forget to select me? Was it a glitch in the system?
After a quick glance through the email, the term "Ankur" caught the eye. This mail was for the Ankur proposal that I had submitted. Soon, I got the mail which made me happy.
When the list of organizations were announced back in early April, I had no idea if I would even be considered for any project. Almost two months later, it feels that I have come a long way.