About a month ago, I went to the Passport office to get a new passport. My passport was actually valid for 4 more years. When it was issued in 2004, I had asked for a Jumbo (64-page vs 32-page) booklet. They didn’t do that. As a result, all the pages were used up by the visas and immigration stamps. And since I had international travel coming up, I had to get a new one.
So, I went personally to the passport office one morning. First Big Mistake. I should have given it to an agent. But I was told that if I wanted to get it Tatkal (quick), I would have to go myself. The date I got from the Internet happened to be the day I was in Palitana, so I went immediately upon my return. Considering that this is my 5th or 6th passport, one would have presumed that they would not need every conceivable documentation on earth. But they do.
Anyways, armed with the documentation, I arrived at 11:30 am. (I had sent an office person to queue up for me. He called when my turn came.) I was shocked by what I saw.