Getting a Visa to Visit India

Stephane Forsik and Harry Bhadeshia got up at 0415 to catch the 0539 train from Cambridge to London in order to get visas from the Indian Consulate in London. We got there at about 0710 and there were already 200 people queuing in front of us. We finally got back to Cambridge about 1400. By coincidence, we met a former Darwinian (Sushma) who also joined the queue.

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Stefan getting his passport photograph at King's Cross Station in London.
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Stefan getting his passport photograph at King's Cross Station in London
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We had to queue for 90 minute before the Indian Consulate opened. This is the Aldwych Theatre, photographed at about 7.10 a.m. "Dirty Dancer" playing.
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The Waldorf Hotel at night. The people in front are in a queue, all waiting for a visa. About 200 people in front of us.
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The Waldorf Hotel at night.
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The queue meanders around he corner.
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The queue meanders around he corner.
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French Connection has decided not to use the abbreviation FCUK
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Dawn breaking. These are the people queuing behind the 200 in front.
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The Waldorf at Dawn
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One lonely cyclist.
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Dirty Dancing
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Sushma, a former student in Darwin, noticed Harry and Stephane and managed to jump the queue. The baby is Ravi, about 5 months old.
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Sushma and Stephane
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Steel in action as we go around the corner once the consulate was operational.
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Inside the consulate. Sushma and Harry were downstairs whereas Stephane was sent upstairs
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Ravi and Harry obtained their visas just about 30 minutes after entering, but Stephane's visa required about two hours to process. It was very cold outside.






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