How I tracked my passport!

Continuing from where I had left the last post, the taxi had to be tracked somehow. But how? How could we track down the taxi without having any clue about it? Suddenly my friends got reminded of something magical. On our way to the hotel from the airport, the entire journey was captured as a motion video in the camera. Could there be some clues in the video? At least it was worth investigating.

The video was long, so we had to quickly glance through it and find clues. Most of the video had captured the mountains and greeneries (yes Madinah is surprisingly much greener than Riyadh!).  We went through the entire video, and there was nothing which could help us track it down. We saw it all over again. And suddenly we realized that we had captured the driver’s face for a couple of seconds!!!! There was a ray of hope now. If we went to the airport and showed this photograph to the taxi drivers out there, someone must be able to recognize him and help us get in touch. This was really promising. To help us out came one of the hotel staff who was from India. He called up a taxi fellow he knew so that we could go to the airport. The taxi arrived in a few minutes and we rushed to the driver to show him the image and ask if he recognized him.

Bingo! We showed him the image and he didn’t even take a second to recognize the guy! Wow! This was just awesome. It seemed as if I already had the passport.  The taxi in which I had left the passport belonged to an Arab guy, while the driver who recognized him was from Pakistan. He didn’t have his number. However, he was confident that we can track him at the airport. We lost no time to rush to the airport. The way the Pakistani guy (Ghulam Ali) assured me about getting the passport was really promising. I thought for a moment, it is only when I am in India, there’s a negative mentality about Pakistan .  Over here, it feels like they just belong to some state in India! I’ve met quite a few people from Pakistan here, and all of them have been exceedingly helpful in making my stay comfortable over here, in some or the other way. That deserves a post.

Getting back to the passport hunt, we reached the airport and Ghulam Ali went on to hunt the driver. He was back in about 5 minutes, not with the Arab driver, but his phone number! He called him up and asked for the passport. The Arab guy said he has passengers and will check immediately upon dropping them. We headed back to the hotel. We called up the guy again midway and he confirmed that he has the passport with him. I felt so relaxed! All jailed abroad stuff vanished. Ghulam Ali dropped us to the hotel as the Arab guy was in the Madinah city where I wasn’t permitted to go. One of my colleagues went on with him. In about 15 minutes they got back with my passport!!!!!!!!!

I thought Ghulam Ali would demand a good sum of money to have helped. To my surprise, he just asked for the taxi fares to the airport and back (which was half of what the Arab driver had charged us!). This was really something which moved me. I gave him the fare with some extra money for the calls and all he made and a million thanks from my heart!

Ghulam Ali, this post is dedicated to you. I will never forget your kind gesture to have helped me track down my passport. A zillion thanks from the core of my heart!

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manishree - June 11, 2010

Wonderful!!!!!. So every small thing that we do in our life counts…. While capturing the video u guys would never have thought that this would lead to a lifeline.
Regarding pakistani versus Indian versus Arabs I guess all are human beings and humanity prevails.. Pakistan’s bad image is more of a political drama…or perhaps due to handful of selfish and insane people.

Nitin - June 11, 2010

Congrats!! Otherwise I already started thinking when discovery will telecast your episode of “Jailed Abroad” 🙂

Amit Srivastava - June 12, 2010

@ Manishree: So true.
@ Nitin: Thanks! Luckily I didn’t feature in Jailed Abroad 🙂

Deepesh - June 12, 2010

On the point about bad image/perception of our neighbors. I think, people are different from person. Individually people are logical, make them into a group and they might (make it ‘will’) end up supporting something that they could never have agreed to individually.

I have had similar nice experiences with Pakistani people abroad and I can honestly say I never had any wrong perception about them as individuals. It’s just the whole mess that we are in now with them and I am not too sure even People to People thing will work out just because of the complexity of the issue. The moment a group forms, views will be distorted. One radical thing that can improve this would be economic progress on both sides, then people would be less worried about politics and more about using their money to have fun in life.

Sorry for slightly off topic comment.

amit pandey - June 15, 2010

@Amit: congr8s dude …. finally that video footage had helped.
After reading first post, i had imagined some other kind of story … you might have gone to police and police cud have come for your rescue…. but that wud have been more troublesome.
you got escaped from those troubles. live long Ghulam ali [:)]

@Deepesh: very insight and logical understanding of the issue.

Amit Srivastava - June 16, 2010

@ DY: I am in perfect agreement with you 🙂
@ Amit: Thanks! Luckily I didn’t run into police and all. You can expect least cooperation here!


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