Currency Conversion Rate : INR 1 Rs = USD $ 50
Tom: Hi Mark, you didn’t come yesterday to office?
Mark: Yeah, I was in Indian Embassy for stamping.
Mark: Yeah, but I managed to get it.
Tom: How long it took to get it stamped?
Mark: Oh, it was nasty man, long queue. Bill Gates 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 .
Tom: Really? In India , it is a matter of an hour to get stamped for USA.
Mark: Yeah, but that is because who in India will be interested in coming to USA man, their economy has been booming.
Tom: So, when are you leaving?
Mark: Anytime, after receiving my tickets from the client in India and you know, I will be getting a chance to fly Air-India. Sort of dream come true.
Tom: How long are you going to stay in India ?
Mark: What do you mean by how long? I will be settled in India , my company has promised me that they will process my Hara Patta ..(green card)
Tom: Really, lucky person man, it is very difficult to get a Hara Patta in India .
Mark: Yeah, that’s why, I am planning to marry an Indian girl there.
Tom: But you can find lots of US girls in Hyderabad , Bangalore and Mumbai.
Mark: But, I prefer Indian girls because they are beautiful and cultured.
Tom: Where did you get the offer, Hyderabad?
Mark: Yeah, salary is good there, but cost of living is quite high, it is Rs. 4000/- for a single room accommodation.
Tom: I see, that’s too much for US people, Rs.1/- =$50/-. Oh God! What about in Bangalore, Mumbai?
Mark: No idea, but it is less than what we have in Hyderabad. It is like the world headquarters of software
Tom: I heard, almost all the Indians are having one personal Robot for help.
Mark: You can get a BMW car for Rs. 5000/-, and a personal Robot for less than Rs.7500/-. But my dream is to purchase Maruti, which costs Rs.20,000/- but has got a lovely design.
Tom: By the way, who is your client?
Mark: Reddy Associates, a pure Indian company, specialising in Computer Software.
Tom: 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.
My friend Johnny, it seems, used his bench 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.
Mark: Yeah man!, you are right. I hope our America also follows their footsteps.
Tom: How are you going to cope with their language?
Mark: Why not? From my school days I have been learning Hindi as my first language here at New York . At the Consulate they tested my proficiency in Hindi and were quite impressed by my cent per cent score in TOHIL i.e. Test of Hindi as International Language.
Tom: So, you are going to have fun there.
Mark: Yeah, I will be travelling in the world’s fastest train, world’s largest theme park, and the famous Gateway of India.
Tom: You know, the PM is scheduled to visit US next year, he may then relax the number of visas.
Mark: That’s true. Last month, Azim Premji visited White House and donated Rs. 30,000/- for infrastructure development at a Silicon Valleyand has promised more if we follow the model of High- Tech City of Bangalore . Bill Gates also got a chance of meeting him. Very lucky person.
Tom: But, Indian government is planning to split Azim Premji’ s Wipro.
Mark: He is a hard worker man, he can build any number of Wipro like this. Every minute he is getting Rs. 1000/-. It seems, if you keep all his money converted as Rs. 100/- notes you can reach Moon.
Tom: OK, Good Luck Mark.
Mark: Same to you Tom. And don’t go to Consulate in a “Kurta Pyjama” 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 ” Namaste, aap kaise hai ” 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.
Will this happen?
What do you think?
(Submitted by FFJ Reader Abdullah)