Thursday, 23 December 2010
"The Holiday Curse?"
And it's not like you can even blame the 'Great British Freeze of 2010' (as it will no doubt go down in history) or the third-world-esque conditions of the formerly mighty Heathrow.
No, it's plain and simple Indian Bureaucracy from the sounds of it. One friend submitted the requisite photos needed for the visa application, as did his girlfriend. They were procured from the same photo place, and indeed the only thing different were their respective mugs, but his was accepted and hers was rejected!
Another friend has also had his visa application curiously rejected today (he was due to fly in the next 24 hours), after having submitted it three weeks ago through a specialist visa service!
And our other mate was due to arrive a few weeks ago but had to rebook his trip for the end of the month due to...you got it...visa problems.
What's going on? Are we bad luck? Why do the official powers that be want us to be alone this year?It's starting to feel a bit like 'Lost', only we're not stuck on an island but rather the Indian subcontinent. And it's not like we can't leave - only no one can come to us!
And that kind of sucks. For this year the focus was going to be less about the 'presents' and more about the 'presence' (of our good mates).
Here's hoping they make it. All of them. And that we're not REALLY cursed. Because that would really suck for all our friends and family. Besides - it's pretty hard to believe we're cursed when we're currently residing in one of the Top Ten Destination Spots (according to a recent Guardian online poll) for Christmas 2010...