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Identity crisis

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Its strange but true that one has to establish his/her own identity to others. It so happened with a friend of mine who lost his id recently. He had a flight to catch the next day and we had to literally run from pillar to post to convince people that he is the person he is.

Add to the problem my friend doesn’t speak good Hindi. I went along to the local police station to convince them to issue a ‘Pehchaan Patra (Identity Proof). I spoke to one of the officer who seem to had his own version of everything. He thought that my friend might have disobeyed some traffic rule and the cop must have seized his licence and we were there to get a new one. No point of arguing with a cop. He ended up suggesting that we get a certificate that a college id card has been lost.

We thought of atleast trying that and went to another officer. This gentleman said that he could issue a ‘Pehchaan Patra’ only on the basis of some identity proof. Great our system is sound! Really secure!

We finally managed to get some scanned copies of a bunch of relevant documents from Warangal that tried to prove this chap’s identity. Man the power of internet is amazing!

We took the bunch to the airport. The lady at the airline desk was trying to understand our problem when this lady with a very large rounded pair of ……………………..glasses poked her finger in “You have your flight tommorow. I have to catch a flight now” She pushed both of us aside and then asked “I hope you don’t mind if I…” “Sure go ahead” – I said. Miss airline was not really convinced with the documents we produced. The documents had pictures of atleast a few years ago. It is the period in a man’s life when the hormones take a twist and with it changes the whole appearance. And unfortunately this twist happened after the pictures on the document were clicked. But looking at our innocent faces and the bunch of documents she agreed and approved the documents.


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