Fortunately or unfortunately Nirvaan was sent to crazy parents who conceived a trip to some foreign country when he was just one and a half month. With great thoughts, comes great responsibility and enthusiasm. Step one for any foreign tour would be to get hold of passports. Mommy and Daddy had their passports. However, babies do not come to earth with a passport. That meant, we had to make a passport for baby Nirvaan.As soon as we received baby’s birth certificate, Daddy racked up the internet to find out the requirements for procuring a passport for infants in India. He applied online for the same and chose a date for the appointment. Tons of forms were downloaded, printed and duly filled. Photocopies of his birth certificate and of all our IDs were done. Next, we stumbled upon a difficulty. It was getting a passport sized photograph of the baby. Remember, he was just one and a half month of age. Although our phone galleries were and are overflowing with his photos and we have captured his photos in all sorts of way, there are many criteria for a passport sized photograph for a passport.
The background has to be white.
Baby’s eyes needs to be open.
His ears should be visible.
His mouth should be shut.
Taking all of these into account, we had to go to a photo studio. At a time when he’d be mostly asleep or crying or suckling milk, it was a difficult job. After a few trials, we got hold of a perfect shot. We were overjoyed and relieved after ticking the last thing in our list.
Now, came the D-Day. Baby Nirvaan set out for his first ever ‘interview’ for the passport office with Daddy, Mommy and his nanny. Living in a metro with a Passport Seva Kendra pretty near to us meant it would be just half an hour’s drive. However, we were still a litte scared since we were warned of cross infection and many other hazards. Like all other times, we did what we had to do being encouraged by our pediatrician, Dr. Roy who is himself a travel enthusiast. Once we reached there, we saw quite a number of infants of his age and sighed with relief.
Babies get priorities everywhere. So, we could avoid the long serpentine queue at the entrance and with the exception of waiting for our documents to be verified, other processes went pretty smoothly and quickly. Noteworthy to mention was the process where Nirvaan had to give his thumb impression!
Finally after 2 hours, we were done with the formalities. Next, there was police verification. After a few days, a police came to our place and verified all the documents and the baby.
After all this, in another fifteen days, the postman delivered the passport. We were thrilled. Daddy’s eyes were glittering triumphantly. That afternoon, we were almost on the verge of booking our tickets to Paris. However, work called Daddy to go to the clinic and Mommy was feeding the baby. Little Hashi, our four-legged and first baby finally got a chance to examine the lucrative new thing which lay on the desk and made good use of the opportunity. Little did she know that her teeth could puncture the passport rendering it ‘damaged’ and of no use. We were thoroughly disappointed to see all our efforts gone in vain.
After a few months, we again applied for the passport and went through a similar process.
Ps., later we were thankful to Hashi because a Euro trip with an infant would have been a little difficult given the weather conditions and long traveling hours and lots of running around. But we did make use of the new passport in another 4 months about which you will get to read soon.
Also, we have another passport sized photograph of Nirvaan at six months owing to this and we can’t stop finding it extremely cute.