Visa to India!

Yesterday I finally completed my visa that I needed so that I will be able to work in India. I decided to leave it as long as possible since people going to work in India for Infosys were having problems obtaining the right version of the visa. The Indian Embassy has to be partly to blame due to an unstructured system and paper work needed. And this unstructured way was apparent when they wanted to look at my contracted and required all 10 pages of the contract instead of the front page that everyone else who obtained the visa for working in India had presented. Of course, I didn't wanted to give the original contract so I had to go out and get the 10 page contracted photo copied, and then when I arrived back, the India Embassy had closed for lunch till 2pm.

After return at 2pm, I was then told by the Indian Embassy that the doors will open at 3pm, so with more hanging around I finally got in and went straight to the queue and thankfully they accepted and told me to wait for 10-15 minutes. So I decided to go and see the other guys I went with to get my visa done, Antony and Gaurav.

Antony and Gaurav had already obtained their visa, but due to Infosys not giving us the required information, had to get something changed on their visa. It must read something particular and they did not have this. They needed to wait for this guy at the embassy who signed their visa so that they can get it changed. They were waiting with me earlier on and found out that they were waiting in the wrong section... but to be honest it wasn't their fault, the Indian Embassy told everyone with visa stuff to go up stair, but they needed to be downstairs, so they wasted 3 hours queuing upstairs for no reason.

Anyway, when I went to see how the guys were doing, it wasn't going to well and was still waiting for that guy. After 10 minutes I went upstairs to get my passport back with a new visa. I went to this door where you have to wait to get your passport back, and then I heard a call, "MR LEECHURT, MR LEECHURT" and I was like eh? and looked behind and saw waves waving urging me to go to the counter, so I went and there I see my passport. WOOHOO, after 5 hours waiting, I finally got it done!! WOOHOO!!! After that I went downstairs to see how the guys were doing.

HEHE, they were still waiting for that guy, and we waited another hour for them to get it done. After that we were meant to go see the Simpson's new movie, but we couldn't be bothered and decided to go and eat. HEHE...

Anyway, on my way home, was reading the London free paper and there was an article about Boris Johnson, the Conservative MP and potentially running for the new Mayor of London. This article was about the application he wrote for Mayor, and under the section, "Challenges Faced", he had as an answer, "Trying to help raise 4 children in inner London. Outcome too early to call, but looking promising." and "Taking on Blair and Campbell in the battle of Black Rod's Memorandum on the Queen Mother's lying-in-state. Outcome: Total victory." and finally, "Negotiating Hyde Park Corner by bicycle. Outcome: survival.". I think these are awesome replies.. hehehe.. who would have thought someone would write such utter rubbish for an application that allows him to run for Mayor, Oh yeah I forgot, it is Boris Johnson...


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