Vodafone: “Yes, we have no Vaseline!”

Remember that whole post about the saga of getting a SIM card for my phone here? How I was delighted because I had finally gotten everything arranged after spending days running around the city? How it all finally just worked?


That lasted about 5 days. I knew Step 14 seemed too good to be true. I got a text message 3 days ago with the dreaded, “The documents submitted by you are not as per TRAI ruling. Pl re-submit your application form, identity, and address proof within 48 hrs to avoid suspension.” I took yet another trip back to the main Vodafone gallery to find Ashwini and ask her why she saw it fit to lie to me. Ashwini was not working that day.

The gentleman that was working, however, was no help. He couldn’t tell me why my documents were “improper” because he didn’t know where the documents were (they apparently write the rejection reason on the documents themselves) and was helpless to find them.

I asked to speak with Rohan, the manager.

Rohan assured me that the documents were in transit from another department and he would re-filed properly once they arrived at the main gallery and that I had nothing to worry about. He asked me to fill out the form that Ashwini said I didn’t need to fill out. He would personally attend to the issue and made it clear I would have absolutely no reason to return to the store. “Please don’t worry, sir. I promise to personally take care of everything.”

…My phone stopped working yesterday morning.

Air Arabia Taking Off: Insha’Allah!

Maybe my SIM card needs a prayer. Much like this recording that is played before every Air Arabia flight. I assume it’s a prayer? Ominous reverb has been left in from the original recording:

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Photos from the UAE to Mumbai

For the people that like pictures, here’s an overdue Flickr set with photos from my trip from Istanbul into Dubai on a long layover (to see the insane Dubai Mall) and a some from the first few days in Mumbai.

Here are a few highlights, or you can just go through the whole set on Flickr.

Landing in Dubai:
Landing in Dubai

Dubai Mall Aquarium walk-through Tunnel
Dubai Mall Aquarium walk-through Tunnel

Waterfall Inside the Dubai Mall
Waterfall Inside the Dubai Mall

Inside the Dubai Mall
Inside the Dubai Mall

Pizza Hut in Arabic!
Pizza Hut in Arabic!

Stinky Fish Market in Bombay
Fish Market in Bombay

Tightrope walking girl walks the tightrope.
Tightrope walking girl walks the tightrope.

Delicious, delicious Indian food.
Delicious, delicious Indian food.

Finally, India did not let me down. Two cows were in a busy intersection just as I’d always hoped.
Cows in the road!

4 Responses to “Vodafone Strikes Back + Photos from Dubai and Bombay”

  1. danon 15 Mar 2009 at 11:15 am

    I assume you hit up that pizza hut for every meal, no? And it instantly transports you to the IU student union.

  2. nanfanon 15 Mar 2009 at 10:15 pm

    What an amazing sunset on the flicker set in Citizen Plain – Mumbai!

  3. nanfanon 20 Mar 2009 at 11:44 am

    Oopsie – just reread my comment from a couple of days ago – I meant flickr set BY CitizenPlain – aka Nathan – though a place near Mumbai called Citizen Plain would certainly be unique I would think. Anyway – I love the sunset photo you took from the plane, Nate! So – what’s up next? Where are you and what are you doing?

  4. All Inclusiveon 30 Jan 2010 at 1:50 am

    Ok, love the photos, absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing them. And what a sim card adventure. Not completely jealous of everything I suppose.

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