Friday, September 2, 2011

SIM Card Business; Business or Harassment!

At times I  really, sincerely, madly, deeply feel mad at myself for being so forgetful  about some of the basic things in life. People won't believe me when I say that, sometimes I reach my class without even  brushing my teeth and combing my standing hairs. The worst is when I leave my things behind never to be found again. Many such things have happened with me and I have virtually lost the count now. It's actually "I left my things somewhere" but I prefer saying "I lost it". 

The last one was very recent case. I left my phone in an Auto I was travelling to my College. Not realizing the beautiful pictures of my family that I lost along, the only self consolation I had was that I have used that phone for almost five years. Ohh no. My wife used that phone for nearly five years, until she decided to give it to me. Because of my forgetfulness attribute, I never fancied buying any fanciful phones so far. 

With my Phone lost, I was cutoff from my family and my parents. The life is woeful. Believe me its even miserable without it. 

So I decided to buy a new phone for myself. I took another auto.That time I made sure that everything is checked and that I left nothing behind. Once in the shop, I thought I was almost done with my phone acquisition. Then I asked for the shopkeeper to also give me a sim card. 

He looked nervous and to some extent, he looked confused too. He started asking me so many questions. The first thing he asked me was which country I come from and whether I have a passport, visa, Driving license, Citizen card, proper address in India and why I was here in India for. With these many questions, even I became nervous too. At one point of time, I felt like they were suspecting me of a terrorist. 

On my end, I have always showed my candidness. I told him that I am form Bhutan and that I have come here for my education, I even gave him a copy of my citizen identity card and my college student card. 

But He wasn't convinced, instead he kept calling different people. He even said that my citizen identity card looks very unauthentic to which I promptly responded. I told him that he will need a bar code reader to read my details. At the height of his worse geographical knowledge, he didn't know where Bhutan is and what kind of bilateral relation we (Bhutan) shared at National level with India.

After sometime, he gave me a list of documents required to own an Indian sim card as below:
1. Passport copy
2. Visa Copy copy
3. Citizen ID card copy
4. Driving License copy
5. College ID copy
6. Letter from Government of India
7. Recommendation letter from my University
8. Passport photographs of the person who recommends
9. Voter card of person who recommends
10. My passport photographs
11. Proper address in India.

With a lengthy list of requirements, I thought its better off not owning a phone altogether.


  1. Firstly, sorry to hear about your phone. This is really a bad news. You have lost all your contacts. I hope you have managed and sort out something by now.

    I think the Indian people are always so suspicious about one another and you don't be sad that they interrogated you so much. Even they doubt among themselves (Indians).

    I must say, buying a phone in Bhutan and outside of our country is totally a different procedure. It's same thing here. We need to provide hell of a document. Out here, if we want to buy a mobile,we need to plan it before hand before reaching the store. There are different methods of buying: Some sim cards are blocked which cannot be used overseas and we have to pay separately to unlock the sim card to use it in another country. Another thing,we can buy it either on plan, ie by paying through monthly installments (it's compulsory)cz some of the price of the mobile is so high that we can't pay it right away. While some mobile is with a blocked sim card (you know what that means). Here I am, after getting the mobile I was like, I love Bhutan because everything is so simple and we don't have to provide such a ling list of documents. We get it right away.

    Holding a mobile in our hand is such a trouble from the beginning till end of the day. we need it but we hate it sometimes.

  2. Oh, sorry to learn that you lost your old phone. During my last journey back home, I too nearly lost my phone in an auto which we were traveling towards the railway station. Reaching the hotel to take a dinner, I found my first and only phone I bought myself missing. I was damn sure that it cannot be retraced but me and my friend tried to call in my number, which said, its out of reach. My joyous mind instantly turned gloomy. Since I am on my way back home after spending a semester, I didnt have enough money to buy a new phone also. But after several tries, finally there was a response from my phone. I requested time and again of that guy would return my phone and assured some rewards as well, surprisingly, the answer was affirmative. Just before 10 minutes of our departure, I was overwhelmed to have my phone back. There are certain souls who really understand the problem that others face. :)
    And acquiring sim card is always a problem for us, here as well.
    Better take a single document of one of your Indian friends for availing it la.

  3. Thank you so much for your concern Yessi and Lethro,

    But i had to buy one phone. Currently I am using a sim card which belongs to one of my friend. he has two sim cards....

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