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I broke down, however.
I broke down, again.
I explained him why I was there, in the Hindi I knew. He looked well understood and asked me to wait. After some time I was told that the scanned copy of the original could not be accessed as the server had been down. I was told that they had to look at the original to confirm that the hand written text was present in the original copy too! Then they would certify that the original document was fine to be accepted. I was in no mood to leave the registrar office empty handed; frankly, the situation here was much easier to handle than the one at the passport office, especially at the B counter.
I insisted and got the document certified. I was given a xerox copy of the rent agreement with fresh stamps and signature. I could not believe it would work at the passport office but the staff at the registrar office was in hurry to send me off. I was 'charged' a two hundred rupees for five to six stamps and a signature. Here I was ready for my third visit to the passport office.
And I broke down again, at home of course.
Visit to the passport office #3 (2nd March 2016)
I waited again to see my token number being called by the same officer who sent me back during my last visit. I thought now what! I had no choice than going to him. I saw him in a different outfit with absolutely no different emotion! When I reached his place, he was busy rejecting another application. Then the destiny pitched in. My token number was called by another officer. He seated right to the one sent me back during my last visit; in fact, before rejecting my application he had a chat with this guy too! To my fortune, all that was forgotten by this man probably due to a phone call he got while I sat in front of him. He completed the call and asked me to give my file. He looked at me and said "You can proceed to the C counter".
I could not believe what I heard. I said 'sorry' by making a face asking him to repeat what he said. He repeated the same. I ignored all the effort I put in to get the registered agreement certified for the hand written text. I effortlessly suppressed my excitement to show the fresh copy I had and escaped to the next counted in a brisk. At C counter, my old passport was stamped to cancel and I was told to go to the receipt counter. I quickly took the receipt, looked for an exit door, never minding if it was the proper exit door or an emergency one, and came out of the passport office.
With in a few minutes I got an SMS that my passport had been sent for printing and within couple of days my passport was in my hand.
So, did I succeed? Yes, in logical terms. No, in emotional terms considering the number of times I broke down during this whole thing. The whole episode showed me a persona of mine which I thought I had won over! The persona that used to get out of position and cry for small things/issues but used to be fearless while handling big matters. The persona that weakened me from within although I half-succeeded in covering it up. The persona that I always wanted to change about myself but loved to be so considering its sensitiveness in a true sense. Last time I found that persona within myself was during the campus placements at IIT. After comfortably being in a convenient zone at work for many years, I thought I grew stronger and that persona of mine was all over. But this passport-episode brought one of my worst dreams to live again. Here I was aware of who I was, what I was and how less I changed towards becoming a stronger sole! Well, everything happens for good and so I think about all this. Now I have a task at hand; all of a sudden I'm not as comfortable as I thought I was, in my convenient zone,which is very much better than being blind about my true self.
Kind of 'fear' still exists to fill any application form and now my goal is, by the time I apply the next big thing I must be stronger than how I'm now. I'm not sure how but I hope I will be.
Dec 26, 2016
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Nov 8, 2016
Many are saying that this book's title is not justified, given the way the lead woman's life style is portrayed. I differ with this. I think, characterizing a woman, or a man for that matter, in a generic manner that is derived from the cultural roots of the country is not fair enough amidst the swiftly changing socio-economic conditions. Globalization on one front reduced the geographical boundaries to mere political ones. And now, the recent technological advancements have ensured the civilization takes a sharp turn in terms of people's life style. This is applicable for both men and women. Hence characterizing a woman based on thousand year's of legacy needs to be rechecked. So, I think there is no problem in the way the leading lady's characterization is done under the title 'One Indian Girl' in the latest fiction work by Chetan Bhagat.
I somehow lost interest in reading fiction few years back! I must confess, I could not stay away from purchasing this Chetan Bhagat's new pie! I purchased it and read the first chapter, and the rest happened all by itself. The story was indeed gripping, emotional and about a working independent woman, who had a mother daunting about marriage, a father always feeling proud about his daughter's carrier and less intervened, and a beautiful sister happily settled to be a house wife.
The leading lady, Radhika Mehta, works in banking sector, Chetan Bhagat's once own field of work. Understandably, there is a lot mention of technical stuff about banking in the book, in the story. Even though I did not understand the technicalities, I could manage to relate to the work-life style of the leading lady. That ensured my ever growing interest to turn to the next page quickly. The other characters of the novel are there to rotate the strike every now and then. While they are not typical of their kind, not way different too! And finally the climax-decision by the leading lady surprised me as well as satisfied the typical-Indian-woman character within me. One must read the book to know what's the decision is!
A quick read in free time and when feeling like getting lost in a fictional story will make one enjoy this book. Chetan Bhagat does the magic again, though not to the level of 'five point someone'!
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Often, success lies in not taking a wrong step. Also, very often, success lies in cashing out on the opponent's wrong step.
Handling the wrong steps is the game we all have to play, most of the times. It's not easy but it's very effective.
Aug 29, 2016
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Rio games have not yet ended for Indian media, electronic & print and the latest 'social' - Rio2016 #8
Back in 2000 Olympics, Karanam Malleswari won the lone medal for India. Then the media did not cover as much as it is doing this time round. Social media was not present at all in those times so there were no way the story would do rounds and rounds. Malleswari was a woman and had 'Beti Khilao' been said and practiced, today we would have been celebrating the success of a few more women in the Olympics. Somehow, "Beti bachao; beti padhao" campaign started later and now 'Beti khilao' is being said with grand rhyming. And as everyone is busy saying that, the Rio games have not yet ended for Indian media, electronic & Print and the latest 'social'.
Now that women have won the medals, everyone is saying that women must be encouraged to participate in sports. No doubt it helps. At the same time, its extremely important to recognize the fact that encouraging women to excel in the field they choose makes them come out succeeding in their respective fields. Sport is indeed the most loved by masses, and that cannot precede the love women have for the fields they choose, whatever the field may be.