Visa registration "Book of foreigners", ओरस, सिंधुदुर्ग, MH., India

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- Visa registration in the "Book of foreigners", Oros, Sindhudurg, Konkani, Maharashtra, India -

Up at the office my eyes indulged in.... pink ! The whole space was painted pink. That could already alleviate the spirit. Many government offices I visited look as is if electricity era hadn't arrive yet. The spaces are so dimly lit and darkly painted that the feeling is either it's a siesta time, a cave or some place where people are allergic to light. I also can't help but play with the idea that transparency can't come to light in such a place.

I sat with a clerk that was surprised I speak some Hindi and gladly introduced me to the office head, inspector Hajara. While moving hesitantly into his office I was immediately treated ( welcomed = नमस्ते ) with a Barfi cookie ( बर्फ़ी caramelized milk cooked with a sweet spice blend). He chatted me up and I drew my card and told him about my village documentary project. His smile and surprise were merging well with the pink wall. I already felt between friends rather then Indian officials.

After I was registered in the 'Foreigners book' The inspector asked me if I would like to have some lunch. I was already smiling when he offered to share the tiffin his wife prepared (the Indian compartment lunch box combo).

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My India: Where every village is home - Experience !

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* Sindhudurg, in Marathi language: सिंधुदुर्ग जिल्हा, is an administrative district in the state of Maharashtra in India, which was carved out of the erstwhile Ratnagiri District. The district headquarters are located at Oros (ओरस)

The Konkan, in Marathi/Konkani language: कोंकण, also called the Konkan Coast or Karavali, is a rugged section of the western coastline of India from Raigad to Mangalore.

Maharashtra, Marathi: महाराष्ट्र is a state located in India. It is the second most populous and the third largest state in India. The Western Ghats better known as Sahyadri, are a hilly range running parallel to the coast, these are a source of numerous small rivers which flow westwards, emptying into the Arabian Sea.

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