One of the first things you have to deal with no matter where you move is getting your phone up and running. iPhones in hand, we set out to take care of that today. It turns out the road side Airtel stalls do not regularly carry micro-SIMs, or any apple related paraphernalia – which we should have known.
The showroom in GK2 did not have them either, but were kind enough to offer to cut regular SIMs for us. Success (we thought)! But alas, we had neither passport copies nor passport photos on us, and were sent away. Shortly thereafter we returned carrying both photocopies and photos acquired down the street. Success, we thought again. Our photos, however, did not meet the strict requirements of the Airtel officials. “This is paper photo, sir, not thick enough”. I admit, they were flimsy looking, but we figured anything goes in India. Nope. We were sent away again.
The third time we returned with our faces printed on thick, glossy paper and we were allowed to proceed with the necessary paperwork. After a relatively painless hour of form filling and phone activating, we had our SIMs and much-sought-after data plans in hand. A great success indeed!
In ‘other business’, the house hunting has commenced. A grand total of 11 apartments were visited today – some good, some bad – and another lot await us tomorrow. We’re growing confident that we can get something we like within our budget, which we may have underestimated in general. More on that in a different post. Minor success.
To round off this fairly successful fourth day in Delhi, we dined at Udupi, a past favorite. The thalis were just as tasty as before – and I’m still not capable of finishing them. That is probably good news for my waistline.