BUT we’re not aiming for the moon. We just want a passport for a ‘Passage from India’ is that too much to ask for?
We now know what this statement on the acknowledgement letter means..
Documents Verified with originals, however, confirmation from issuing authority is required.
No one told us at the time, of course, the officer just said (ie lied) we could have the passport and get Police verification afterwards BUT we now realise there’s a problem with the TC
prepare for re-entry
I telephoned the office and we are called back to the main Regional Passport Office in Bangalore.
To make this happen, we have to go all the way back to Bangalore, that means, book a taxi, three hours on the road, and a further hour through the treacly traffic jams, an eight hour round trip, a relatively short queue to get our number and interview time, then come back four hours later for another queue to see an officer. Unfortunately the location isn’t good and any interesting place or attraction is too far to go, so we enjoy a late breakfast and chill out in a local park.
It seems that The Babu (civil servant), on our first visit, (she had a bit of a rant) was not impressed that Manjula didn’t answer questions quickly enough and didn’t know her proper school name. In the Civil Service World it indicated that she might not be legitimate. In another world it might show that she was only seven at the time, have hardly ever attended the school and that she was a woman from a poor background who’s had crap schooling.
How did she not know the name of the school? It seems that it’s known, by the local children, as the name of the slum area: Bamboo Bazaar. Manjula, who attended there when age seven (35 years ago) didn’t know the proper name of the school. Bugger.
That’s raised the Babu’s suspicions or at least provided an excuse for a right old runaround.
Because of this they require her TC (transfer certificate from school,which serves as her proof of date of birth) verified by the headteacher. More uncertainty and delay.
So they plan to write to the headteacher to verify the TC is correct.
I’m not at all sure why we needed to be here in Bangalore for all this… So we do try get useful and help it along a bit…. and get the letter sent fast!
We provide another two copies of the TC. On top of the ones we’ve already provided. They are scanned on the first floor.
Back to ground floor, officer signs chit that acknowledges papers scanned in.
Up, to second floor to trigger the formal letter to go to headteacher.
Back to ground floor for something or other.
Back to second floor, God knows why.
One more trip down and then up. They promise to get the letter off tomorrow. (we’ve become part of the team so we wander in and out of the office up on floor 2) That’s why we did all these ups and downs, we’re running out of time to get the passport and apply for visa for the BIG trip.
I now have a new worry: Manjula’s Disappointment if it doesn’t work out. How has this become so bloody difficult?