Saturday, November 14, 2020

Festivals of India- Kumbh Mela, Holi, Diwali, Nav ratri, Durga Puja, Ganesh Visarjan

India's philosophy is : The World is one family- Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – वसुधैव कुटुम्बकं. Indian Greeting is: Namaste. You join two hands and bow to the other person. Namaste means I bow to the good/god in you. I respect you. I accept you. No other greeting in the world is probably as meaningful as Namaste. You start with visioning the world as one family. Then you respect and accept everyone you meet or come across. Festivals do the rest. Most festivals in the world are internal or limited to family- Christmas, Thanksgiving etc. India opens up its festival. They are celebrated beyond an individual or a family. The community becomes a family and celebrated the festivals. Kumbh Mela- Millions come to one place and create the largest makeover city on the planet to celebrate Kumbh Mela. Holi,. Navaratri, Ganesh Visarjan. Enjoy some clips and see how India, even though it is probably the most diverse nation on the planet, how it becomes one and celebrates festivals with fun, food and friends, alongside the religious significance.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Indian Embassy in US to accept online applications for visa, passport, OCI services from today Nov 04, 2020.

Indian Embassy in US to accept online applications for visa, passport, OCI services from today The Indian Embassy at Washington DC, US will accept online applications for visa, Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI), renunciation, passport and Global Entry Programme (GEP) services through a new service provider, VFS Global, with effect from today (November 4). The Embassy release stated, "With effect from 4 November 2020 (12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time), Embassy of India, Washington DC will accept online applications for OCI, Renunciation, Passport and GEP services through new service provider, VFS Global."

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Important note about re-issuance of OCI Card - Rules relaxed till June 30, 2020!

Important note about re-issuance of OCI Card - Rules relaxed till June 30, 2020!

Several airlines denying boarding to certain passengers below 20 or above 50 years of age for not having a new OCI card, in compliance with Indian government’s enforcement of the latest OCI card validity policy, stirred agitation among the foreign citizens of Indian origin in the United States, Europe, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and the Middle East.

“Inadequate awareness about the sudden enforcement of the OCI card renewal rules which have been in place for years resulted in a mounting number of trip cancellations and cases of harassment at origin airports or during transit at connecting airports including Dubai, Doha, Singapore and France. We received an influx of requests from OCI card holders for their reservation cancellation over the past few weeks,” said the chief customer relations officer of, a leading air-ticketing organization in USA.

However, there is a major relief for Overseas Citizens of India with renewed passports but old OCI cards. The rigid enforcement of the OCI validity and renewal policy by immigration authorities and airline officials has been relaxed to ensure smooth travel to India till June 30, 2020. OCI card holders, who are either below 20 or above 50 years of age, can continue to take flights to India with their new passports and old OCI cards until June 30, 2020. At the same time, they are required to carry their old cancelled passport.

Yesterday, the Foreigners Division of the Home Ministry issued a directive ordering government agencies and airlines to lift the enforcement for hassle-free travel of children and senior citizens among the OCI card holders worldwide. It is a welcome relief as long as they possess the old cancelled passport.

In case OCI card holders below 20 or above 50 years forget to carry or fail to produce their old cancelled passport while traveling to India, they will be denied boarding. However, re-issuance of OCI card at the time of passport renewal for those below 20 or above 50 is a mandatory requirement that they must fulfill by June 30, 2020.

On seeing reports of massive inconvenience caused to children and senior citizens among the OCI card holders, several Indian-origin leaders including Indian American Prem Bhandari raised the issue to Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Indian ambassador to the US, and the Civil Aviation Ministry of India, according to PTI.