Friday, September 18, 2009

Humiliating

Each time I'm heading somewhere in the city via Mount Road, I can't help but cringe at the sight right under the Gemini Flyover. It is greatly embarrassing to see smartly-dressed, highly educated people, young and old alike, standing in a snaking queue. And why you may ask. Well, to get their visa to the Big Apple. Seriously, is it worth the humiliation of standing in the sweltering heat right out there on the main road? I find it utterly disgraceful that we are made to do this just for a trip to the U.S. I don't know how it works in the other consulates, but in the U.S consulate, they have hit the lowest form of mistreatment.
I wonder, how people actually comply to do this? I hope to God I never have to visit Uncle Sam ever in my life. That's why I've limited my dreams of going abroad to Greece, Spain, UAE and Singapore. :)

10 comments:

AttilaTheKilla said...

I agree completely; but the irritating bit is that their universities are too damned good, as are their companies.

smile said...

happy to see the edit. I: )

Mariya said...

@smile Happy to help :p

Buffy said...

Actually it isn't that bad...they give you a time slot and you have to be there only then. It is barely a 2-5 minute wait. I have no idea why people queue there

Mariya said...

yeah? Maybe they derive some masochistic pleasure out of standing out there for the world to see???

Sakina Adeeb said...

I agree with buffy, I have been to the U.S consulate thrice now and have never sweated out in the sun nor waited more than 5 mins in that queue. The long queues are usually not "corporates" but unprepared "dependents" waiting to get their license to see their better half's working for Uncle Sam :)

Mariya said...

@Sakina Adeeb I'm truly enlightened by the ones who've been there and done that. Glad it isn't as bad as it appears to the outside world.

Chirayu said...

US is not as bad as it is seen from the worlds point of view, I am not sure about the embassy and how they treat people that but visiting Uncle Sam is not a bad idea ;)

Arun said...

well said! but its not america's fault to make em stand! No? we stand like idiots cos we need dollars! :)

but look at it this way, once he gets to US he would never need to stand in a queue again. no ration. no bus queue. no train queue..

anupamaa said...

Ditto. Here is a part of my deleted post on my blog on the attitude of those "lucky souls" who do make it to the end of the line.."But while I do enjoy the long phone calls from Heaven a.k.a the United States of America, do I really need a blow by blow account of last week’s trip to the department store? Or the exhaustive list of the brands of bread available there? Why is it that once someone steps on the hallowed soil of the US of A they immediately think that we poor souls , unfortunate enough to still be living India are riding bullock carts to work and cooking in mud pots on wood fire ovens?"