(Disclaimer:- Please do not read this article if you cannot or do not want to apply reason to religion.)
“Do you need the USA visa? Just take eleven circumambulations of the shrine of the Visa temple,” Reddy advised the US visa seeker Srini.
“Visa Temple! What is Visa temple? I never heard about it before.”
“Are you new in Andhra Pradesh? It is Chikur Balaji (Vishnu) temple. We call him The Visa God. It is only 30 minutes from here, “Reddy surprised by Srini’s lack of knowledge about well known Visa temple.
“Do you think I will get H1B visa if I make the vow at the visa temple?”
“Of course, you WILL. The Visa God has already helped millions of IT people.”
Atheist Anil could not ignore the conversation anymore and interjected, “Chikur temple was built before Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America. The visa concept did not exist at that time. You can pray at any temple.”
Reddy replied,”Hundreds will vouch they got H1B after completing circumambulations of the inner shrine of the Visa Temple.”
Anil tried to add logic, “A US Company needs to offer him a job and send the paperwork for his H1 visa sponsorship.”
Reddy clearly annoyed, “Balaji is the God and HE can do anything and that includes positively influencing the US consulate.”
Anil, not ready to give up, calmly stated, “Almost all Americans follow Jesus Christ. Jesus might have better connections with Americans.”
Red with anger, Reddy almost raised his voice, “Jesus is not our God. Praying at the Visa temple works, it is matter of faith.”
Staying composed Anil asked with a smile, “Are there different rituals for faster Green Card (EB1, EB2) processing or citizenship processing?”
Reddy shouted at Anil, “You need to ask priest.”
Anil tried one more time, “Does it work for other countries like the UK, Canada, and Australia?”
Reddy replied tersely, “If Balaji wishes, Srini will immigrate to the USA or wherever he wants to.”
Anil had a perfect counter argument, “Balaji chose Indian parents for us. HE wants us to live in the holy land of India, HIS birth place.”
Not willing to discuss any further, Reddy ignored Anil and addressed Srini, “If you want the US visa, just take your application form and paper work to the priest.”
Slightly confused Srini asked, “There is no paper work. It is all electronics.”
Reddy almost yelled at Srini, “Then take your laptop.”
Srini packed his laptop and left for the temple.
Anil sighed and thought, “IT people are logical only in computer programming.”
Reddy picked his IPhone 4. He spoke softly, “Dude, I have sent another IT guy to you. “
The person on the other end replied, “Awesome. You will get your commission tonight.”
Reddy continued, “I have a new business plan.”
“What is that?”
Reddy uttered proudly, “Faster Green Card Processing. But I need higher commission for that.”
(I will let readers decide if Srini got the visa or not.)
- Fellow Blogger Insignia who told me about the Visa temple.
- Wikipedia article on the Visa Temple
- Times of India article