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It's been a painful week and I do firmly believe that the statement, that will define a movement in my life has been made.

The last such statement was when on radio a long time ago, the host asked me how celebrating Diwali was different in Malaysia to the way it gets celebrated in India. And I didn't know the answer to it, because I'd simply never been home at that time, at least not for the preceding eight years. Considering I was 15 years of age then, I'd left the country when I was seven and I didn't remember the festival, because I'd never gotten more than a days leave at that time.

As a result of that conundrum, I moved back. A move that changed my life, and saw me flee the country again, when I turned eighteen for University. I was done with India, I wanted to go home.

That was then, and now a few short years below a decade later I face a similar question. With the damage of my passport recently, I was asked, in order to get a replacement, what documents I had with me to prove my citizenship of this country.

And I had a shock. I do not have a voters id, license, ration card, sslc certs. My passport was the sole identification document that linked me to this place. The same passport that saw me country hopping.

And yes, I have a flight to catch at the end of the month, to go visit home outside of home. But right now, after being told of the requirements to get a duplicate passport, I know I will not make it. :(

Unless one of you guys out there know a passport issue officer out there, who would be willing to issue a duplicate one for me, on temp basis, and allow me to travel to Malaysia. And should I be able to travel there, I should be able to get the consulate to issue me a duplicate in a day!


oh sad, you got no document at all? you can try to negotiate with the officer there, inform your problem, they might help you.
Saro said…
Yes, Sid, that's the plan for tomorrow. And no, I have my pan and well, that's that. And my birth cer, the thing is it won't be too hard to get a new passport. Just that it'll take forever and for me to do it the fast way, I need more docs, which I don't have :( So much for non refundable tickets!
Sowmya said…
Everything happens for a reason. Take a deep breath!
Sureindran said…
Was searching for you in FB. Too many Saro(s) there. Add me,

And yea, I will be back here later after my squash to read this post.
Saro said…
Hey Sowmya, thank you. I try and say that to myself too :)
Saro said…
Surein, finding you on fb. And btw, Saro is not my real name :) You'll find out soon enough.
Oh Oh...quite a spot your in
!Hope everything falls into place and you get to fly home! :)
Sureindran said…
that's sad. you got it settled? I am sure there's a way...

btw, got you in FB. Now I know your real name, will keep it a secret :)
Saro said…
TSK: Thank you :) Will definitely let every one know end of the month, if I make it across the borders :)

Suren: Haven't gotten in settled. I'm gonna give travelling on a damaged passport a try. And yes, I saw you, we don't have any mutual friends huh! Strange. We have to have a chat online :)

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