Although during the past two months I was running around like my tail was on fire, I can definitely say that they were the most memorable days of my life! So here is an account of what i went through during these months:
Wedding - I never dreamt of such a wedding, ever. A perfect bollywood example of a South Indian-North Indian collaboration! It was fabulous and a dream come true. I had only previously heard of the fun in north Indian weddings but thanks to my GF (now wife) for being one, I could experience all the fun first hand. It was a nice amalgamation of cultures, customs, relationships and joy. The best part was the dance! I witnessed the dance moves of my parents and relatives for the first time and was left with a cramped jaw due to excessive laughter! Anyways, on the whole I'm so thankful to my in-laws for arranging such a beautiful wedding and to my family for being such a good sport!
The Family Blessing Marathon - If you are unaware of Indian customs then note that the most important ritual for a married couple is to visit the houses of ALL the relatives, fall in their feet, get their blessings and consume as many calories as humanly possible in a single meal. So a week after my wedding and after a wedding party at my city, we were off on road touring several hundred miles seeking blessings and calories! Note that in India this takes priority over the honeymoon or so is my conception.
Honeymoon - 15 days, 1000 miles and 50 pounds later we set out to one of the most beautiful places that I've seen. It was a beautiful nature resort called Camp Noel about 8500ft above sea level in the state of Kerala. Check out the place here. The monsoon at Camp Noel was to die for.
Back to business with Pre-Visa Prep - After a week relaxing and charging our spirits we headed back to my hometown and immediately I realized I would be starting my MBA in a couple of months. And hence started the frenzy document chase. I was not surprised to know that I was damn late in my visa application process considering the American visa nightmare that i experienced 5 years back! But there are a couple of things that i got to know about myself during this process - one is that I can be very very very patient while dealing with "Government" folks and when my visa is on the line, and two that one of the places that i absolutely hate in this world is the Passport office! Once the document collection circus was finally over I had to get it endorsed! That called for a trip to the capital - New Delhi. Its only when I landed that i realized that i had just intruded into the worst monsoon storm of the year! Anyways, lets just say i managed to get the job done.
Family Blessing Marathon Part 2 - Is it a coincidence that the Spanish Consulate General is in Bombay which is where my in-laws are? Yeah some questions are better left unanswered. So i fly to Bombay and this time with my wife (I'm still not used to calling my girl friend - "wife"). After handing over all the documents to the Consulate, we prepared for another round visiting all her relatives, falling in their feet, getting their blessings and consuming insane amount of calories. But since my inlaws were North Indians, the meeting involved a lot of singing, dancing, and an over dose of laughter at high decibels. Just kidding! On the whole I and my wife enjoyed the trip especially since after exactly 12 days, I got my visa!
So thats how June and July 2010 was for me. (Hope yours was fine as well!) And now that I'm free of my visa and post-wedding duties, I plan to post more often atleast until I fly to Barca. I'm also planning to put up a step-by-step guide to the Spanish visa application process in the upcoming post; so stay tuned for that!