Reunion in US

Hello folks!!

How have you guys been?? What are you upto??

I really apologise for not being around for such a long time. I was really occupied with a few errands.

Well, this June I took a 20 days trip to US and gallivanted across 15 states incl(D.C) which is not a state for sure… if you say that in D.C, you are lookin’ for trouble.

Anyways, the trip was fantastic, I really enjoyed my time there and was with my friends; some of the most finest people on earth 🙂

We took a road trip which began in Baltimore, Maryland and onwards to New York. Then we travelled further mid-west covering West Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri & Kansas. We took a detour in Ohio, we got down in Zanesville and took a motel for a night (Best Western) it was really good.

Btw, I learned how to swim 🙂 Yah… I didn’t know how to swim before… But now I DO!!!

Also, we stopped by to say hi to my Grandpa who is a famous Sitar player from India, who now lives in St.Louis,MO, he is a maverick and dexterous too.

Celebrated 4th of July in Dallas and then I left Dallas on 07th early morning; heard there was shooting goin on there in Dallas, feel sorry for the folks out there.

All in all it was an adventurous trip. The most exciting part of the trip was…..

I met a girl and I fell in love 🙂 Oh god it was so wonderful… I’m planning on visiting her next year and will take a trip to Park city & Heber city, Utah 🙂

 

Love
Alan

 

 

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Merry Christmas Dear Bloggers

It’s the most beautiful time of the year. Yes, its true Christmas time is here!

Bring out the chocolates, sweets, cakes and pastries.
Out come the smiles & laughter, filled with cheers brought by gifts and Santa stories.

This year has been a remarkable one, mostly owing to the adventurous tours, beginning my blog, and spending quality time with my buddies.

Often people think, this is a time to rejoice, reunite & go out on holidays, however they fail to realize that, its this time of year when we come out of our old closet  and embrace a new reality of life…

We are born-again and just a like a butterfly from its cocoon.

It’s the time when we should let the bygones be bygones…. The soul does cry out when happiness is felt to its core…

Many a things we lose and many we gain, but one thing remains; it’s the quality time spent with our loved ones this year… that passes by…

With all love from this part of the world…I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Feliz Navidad 🙂

Love
Alan

 

 

 

The New York city Tweedledum

Have you ever been to the New York city?

Oh, its beautiful in New York city. Btw, when were you in New York city? In December I was in New York city.

There is train from Boston that goes to New York city. Reaches at 17:00hrs in New York city and splendid looks New York city.

December brings happiness in New York city. New York city! That place full of lovely ladies and handsome hunks who love the city not for its scumbags but good looking punks…??!!.

New York city dude! They, the rich lives there!!!

Brooklyn is a part of New York city… Its one of the boroughs of New York city…..

Christmas in awesome in New York city. Whats the accent like in New York city..?? Its like the accent in the New York city…

Whats so great about New York city….. !!! Its great coz its THE NEW YORK CITY….

Are you obsessed with New York city… I love New York city…. Romantic spot in New York city..

ITS THE NEW YORK CITY

How to obtain a US Visa : Tips for your visa interview

What’s up folks!!!!!

I trust you’ve all been happy lately …

People esp. Travellers have a lot of dreams … Like to visit their dream/favourite place or desired destination … So on..

One of the dreams I dreamt was to visit America … Not because of any greatness …. As a historian, I was just fascinated by the American history esp. Civil war and Abraham Lincoln …. New York City, San Francisco etc….

As a child I was so obsessed with multi-culturism, people, languages and food…. But States always had a special place in my heart …… The zenith of this obsession was such … That whenever I would hear someone talk about America or even mention it ..I would give my ear to it… Which really started annoying people… Words likes Washington, parkington would give me goosebumps… I even went to am extend and memorised each different states in the US and their capitals .. Name of the previous presidents .. Which shocked even some of my American friends … One major person who really influenced me to see that place was Mr. Robert nimmo, he was kinda mentor to me and used to teach me about American culture… He served in the US navy and had practically lived in every city in the US…. Cities like Casper, Helena, Bismarck, stove pipe well Death Valley etc… A gold rush prospectus he was…

But it’s not always easy for non American folks to visit America… I know 9/11 changed everything there….

Last year I finally decided to visit America … And I went in for a visa interview … Most people out here mind wonder its just a visa ..why make a deal out of it… Well, like I said… It’s really considered as an achievement in the third world country….

However, I was refused saying that I didn’t demonstrate enough ties to my home country ….I was in grave pain… I couldn’t even hear my own thoughts for a week… I thought I didn’t do anything wrong still I was rejected …. But then I decided I’ll do research and prove them that, I’m not going to live in America but I’m just going to visit the place and appreciate the beauty of the culture….

And finally I made it this year … My visa was approved …

So I would just like to share a few thoughts on your visa interview … Again, each case is different and you can never guarantee … But hard work pays… And a little information can make huge differences …

1) When you intend to apply for the tourist visa for the US, do not hire anyone to do that for you… People can fake a lot of things… I’m sorry but our today’s world is like this…

2) Prepare all the documents in advance and keep it with you handy while you fill in your DS-160 … For with you can log onto www.ceac.state.gov

Fill your DS 160 and make sure you email or print for yourself a copy, in order to know what you’ve written, also never lie about anything in your application, because lying is not good and secondly the consular officer will come to know as they are well trained and they know about you more than you know… Mebbe it’s a clichĂ© but that’s what it is…

3) Print the Stanley form to pay your visa application fees… You can choose your bank to pay on US travel Docs website… Where you’ll have to create an account ….

4) after paying your visa fees, you will receive a detail showing payment update in your US travel docs account, click on the payment token and schedule your appointment … There will be 2 appointments based on your country of origin, as for India, they’ve to go for the OFC which a biometrics, fingerprint, photo and other such information appointment. I suggest to book your OFC appointment a day prior to your visa interview… Makes the job easy ….

5) Arrive at the embassy or consulate on the interview day no less than 15 mins… Dress well, always wear a smile, do not over smile, don’t give any signs of nervousness … Even if you are… I know it’s hard … But think its your dream to see the place..

6) The consular officers usually do not look at your documents … They rely on verbal conversations … When you present facts and figures they start analysing your response and give a conclusion, whether or not to grant you a visa… Show as much ties to your home country as possible, do not be hard in trying to convince the officer, do not volunteer information, which is it asked. If the officer needs additional details he/she will ask you. See, they are gentle people, however their work is very tough.. They are protecting the american borders .. They meet 1000s of dumbs everyday, who do not stick to the answer or the question per se…

7) Once your visa is approve, your passports will be kept for visa stamping, if you were rejected under 214(b), then they’ll return your passport … Remember it’s not the end of the world … You can apply very soon, once your circumstances have changed..

If you have any query or you wanna give a mock interview and want to find out whether you are eligible for a visa or you wanna know more, please write to me : alanphoenix18@hotmail.com

I would to hear from you … Good luck and all the best…

Love
Alan

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