Wednesday, August 26, 2009
U.S. visa: never think of cheating the system
U.S. visa norms, validity and renewals
A blogger friend belonging to a certain religion was recently refused a business visa.
here is my reply.. if there is any correction, please let me know...
What I feel is, you should have had one invite from the company at any cost. They could have faxed it on their letter head. They should also mention, or your company should be taking care of all the expenses towards your visit, including the medical insurance. The period of travel should be clearly mentioned as well.
You should carry your bank statements which has salary deposits, 3 years Form 16s etc. Also wear your ID card of company in a proper attired suit.
You should go ahead and re-apply. There is no restriction. I think they would have given a 212g, which says there is insufficient documentation. They can also give a stamp like refused without prejudice (on the intent to immigrate).
- inputs from my husband, who has traveled many times to the USA.
( Sorry, that I don't want to tell about their attitude towards certain religions in public, as told by others in media ).
Good luck and praying that you should get the visa.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Place : Silicon Valley, USA (Two American born Indians Talking)
Currency Conversion Rate : INR 1 Rs = USD $ 100
Ram: Hi Sunil, you didn't come yesterday to office?
Sunil: Yeah, I was in Indian Embassy for stamping.
Ram: Oh really, what happened, I heard that nowadays it has become very strict.
Sunil: Yeah, but I managed to get it.
Ram: How long it took to get it stamped?
Sunil: Oh, it was nasty man, long queue. Many PHD's was standing in front of me and they played with him like anything. That's why it got delayed. I went there at 2 AM itself and waited and returned by 4 PM .
Ram: Really? In India , it is a matter of an hour to get stamped for USA
Sunil: Yeah, but that is because who in India will be interested in coming to USA man, their economy has been booming.
Ram: So, when are you leaving?
Sunil: Anytime, after receiving my tickets from the client in India and you know, I will be getting a chance to fly Air-India in their new Supersonic Jet, which reaches Hyderabad in 2 hours. Sort of dream come true.
Ram: How long are you going to stay in India .
Sunil: What do you mean by how long? I will be settled in India , my company has promised me that they will process my Hatte Pachcha ..(Green Card)
Ram: Really, lucky person man, it is very difficult to get a Hatte Pachcha in India .
Sunil: Yeah, that's why, I am planning to marry an Hyderabadi Indian girl there.
Ram: But you can find lots of US born Indian girls in Hyderabad , Bangalore and Mumbai.
Sunil: But, I prefer Indian girls because they are beautiful and cultured. They also date!
Ram: Where did you get the offer, Hyderabad?
Sunil: Yeah, salary is good there, but cost of living is quite high, it is Rs. 2000/- for a single room accommodation.
Ram: I see, that's too much for US people, Re. 1 =$100/-. Oh God! What about in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai?
Sunil: No idea, but it is less than what we have in Hyderabad. It is like the world headquarters of software
Ram: I heard, almost all the Indians are having one personal Robot for help.
Sunil: You can get a BMW car for Rs. 5000/-, and a personal Robot for less than Rs.7500/-. But my dream is to purchase Ambassador, which costs Rs.2 ,00,000/- but has got a lovely design.
Ram: By the way, who is your client?
Sunil: Subbarao and Apparao Associates, a pure Indian company, specialising in Embedded Software.
Ram: Oh, really, lucky to work in a pure Indian company. They are really intelligent and unlike American Bodyshoppers who have opened their Fly-by-night outfits in India . Indian companies pay you in full even when you are on bench.
Retired President Barack Hussein Obama, it seems, used his visit time to visit Bihar, the most liveable place in India , probably world.
There you have full freedom and no restrictions. You can do whatever you want! I
wonder how that state has perfected that system.
Sunil: Yeah man!, you are right. I hope our America also follows their footsteps.
Ram: How are you going to cope with their language?
Sunil: Why not? From my school days I have been learning Telugu as my first language here at New York . At the Consulate they tested my proficiency in Telugu were quite impressed by my cent per cent score in TOTIL i.e. Test of Telugu as International Language.
Ram: So, you are going to have fun there.
Sunil: Yeah, I will be travelling in the world's fastest train, world's largest theme park, and the famous Cyberabad where you can see actors like, Ram Charan Teja and all. You know Ram Charan's son Junior Chiranjeevi is also going to debut as a star, with Maghadheera Rendu. Ramoji Rao Film City is also near Cyberabad. You should also visit Mumbai, where its slum of Dharavi is still maintained, as it was in 2009, but costs Rs 5000/- a night to stay in one of the tenements, worth 2 BMW's!
Ram: You know, the PM Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit US next year, he may then relax the number of visas.
Sunil: That's true. Last month, worlds richest man Teja Raju visited White House and donated Rs. 2000/- for infrastructure development at a SiliconValley company and has promised more if we follow the model of High-Tech City of Hyderabad. My dad also got a chance of meeting him. Very lucky person.
Ram: But, Indian government is planning to split Tech Mahendra and Satyam, the largest company in the world. That is to help both the sons of Raju, who are the world's richest. It seems, after serving his 10 years sentence, Ramalinga Raju, brought out few thousand crores, paying the 30% Voluntary Disclosure Tax, and made a killing when the US Dollar fell in the last 2 decades! Now at 90 Ramalinga Raju is in Moon, doing the age defying process.
Sunil: Both Rajus are hard workers man, he can build any number of Satyam like this. Every minute he is getting Rs. 1000/-. It seems, if you keep all his money converted as $ 1/- notes you can reach Pluto.
Ram: OK, Good Luck Sunil.
Sunil: Same to you Ram. And don't go to Consulate in a "Kurta Pyjama" or "Veshti Tundu" because they will think you are too Indianised and may doubt you will never come back and hence your Non-Immigrant Visa may get rejected. But don't forget to say " Namaskara, Baagunaara " to the Visa officer at Window 5. It seems he likes that and will not give you a visa if you don't greet him that way.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Homeopathy works. yes. But my regular doctor cribs. Wait till it hits you. English medicine is great! Yeah right. I shouldn't enhance immunity...
I see all kids cribbing 1000 times to wear face masks.
My daughter has a nice "lips" drawn in the mask. Style statement.
The sugar pills of homeopathy is loved by kids, some less candy expense! ( costly at Rs 24/- per tube for 5 days? )
A friend told me that my blog post writings are appearing as snippets in newspapers, other blogs etc. ( without credit to me ). Please inform me if any match is found.
Copyright for me only! :-)
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Please consult your doctor for the right medication if suffering from cold and fever.
Also read my post Know the Difference between Cold and Swine Flu Symptoms
It could be symptoms of Swine Flu. The dry cough, seems to be an indicator and wear and nose/mouth surgical mask while going out. You can make is at home, with a clean washed cloth, cut in Jain's Gurus style.
Please use Eucalyptus Oil drops on handkerchiefs and masks as one of the preventive measures against Swine Flu, while going out to shops, schools, colleges, social gatherings, theaters and malls.
Do not shake hand, hug or kiss when socializing.
Influenza strain, that affects the lungs is the root cause ( that jumped from pigs - swine to human ). There are many conspiracy theories floating around based on Robin Cook novels, how the bird flu, swine flu is affecting human populations at the behest of these tough medicine makers in the name of making these drugs. Hence the traditional medicine might work against after diagnosis and administration of Allopathic Prophylactic Tami-flu 75 mg which costs Rs 1800 to Rs 2100 in India for 10 tablets ( which gives side effects of diarrhea, muscle pains and strained eyes ). Even Tami-flu is getting manufactured in India by Stryde Arcolabs, Bangalore and I am told it would retail at Rs 64 plus taxes, soon.
Scientific Prevention of Swine Flu using Household Products (as told by Baba Ramdev and various TV Channels )
1. Inhale Clove Oil (Lavang) For 1 Second.
2. Chew 1 Clove In a Day
3. Eat Raw Garlic (Lasun), Onion, Ginger (Aale) (1 to 5gm)
4. Drink Hot Milk With 2gm of Turmeric
5. Consume Plenty Of Vit C Fruits-Lemon/Avala
Homeopathy advises building strong immunity. ( If you believe in Homeopathy )
* Influenzin 200 medium size sugar pills and take 5 pills after breakfast, lunch and dinner.
* Varolinium 200 can also be taken to prevent contagious diseases, with same measures as above.
Always check with your own doctor before taking any medicine.
Note - This is not a medical advice, just information!
Know the Difference between Cold and Swine Flu Symptoms
Fever is rare with a cold.
Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the flu.
A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.
A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the flu (sometimes referred to as ).
Slight can be part of a cold.
Severe aches and pains are common with the flu.
Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.
Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the flu.
Chills are uncommon with a cold.
60% of people who have the flu experience chills.
Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
Tiredness is moderate to severe with the flu.
Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
Sneezing is not common with the flu.
Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.
The flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.
A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
A headache is very common with the flu, present in 80% of flu cases.
Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
Sore throat is not commonly present with the flu.
Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
Chest discomfort is often severe w
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Thanks to my friend Ramesh for giving me the interesting blog award for a Womens Tamil Blogs aggregator blog! This was featured in Ananda Vikatan ( அனந்த விகடன் a Tamil weekly mag.)