Be Cool Palani. You would need to worry only till you leave the country. Once you are out of India, there's nothing to worry about - everything will happen like ClockworkIt did sound comforting, but never expected that I would first hand experience the truth in this statement during the first trip itself.
Given this was the first trip, had followed the instructions of the Travel Desk guy to a tee - and had my travel pouch with all the relevant documents with the passport - invite letters, hotel confirmation, itienary, air tickets etc..etc..
After going through the checklist a dozen times - reached the airport and waited through the emmigration queue, confidently went to the Officer and handed over the passport with a broad smile on the face - and the first thing he asks, "Can I see your company ID card?" Whaaatttt....That wasn't expected - and I realized my ID had gone with the check-in baggage. Blushed and lamely stammered - "Sorry Sir, First Time, Didn't know". Luckily the Office let me pass with a warning. A big sigh of relief that my travel didn't end before it even started.
That kind of proved the first piece of mama's comment about having to worry only until you leave the country. Just so I don't start getting hate mails and dragged as a topic of debate on the Arnab Goswami show - let me clarify that I am indeed a proud citizen of India - but just that when it comes to dealing with government officials, be prepared to "Expect the Unexpected"
The flight had a stop over at Tokyo Narita airport - I had been sleeping all through and the air hostess had to wake me up to get me off the aircraft. I was still half asleep as I stumbled off the plane - and all that I heard was an official mentioning - "Follow the Yellow Sign". I didn't even look at the boarding pass for the gate details etc.. but just kept following the Yellow Sign blindly. After quite a long walk passing through multiple escalators and dozens of bright yellow signs I finally reach a Boarding Gate that reads "Los Angeles"!!! I still can't imaging how this was possible, with the no. of flights coming out and going out - no clue how blindly following the Yellow Sign took me to the right gate. The first thing that came to my mind then was mama's comments - "Everything will happen like Clockwork".
Hats off to the Japanese - haven't seen this happen in any other airport. Truly unbelievable experience - no wonder a small group of islands is ranked the third largest economy in the world!!!