His father had been promising it for ages. If the exams went well…
They went very well indeed, and now Yussef was finding it difficult to control himself. He had scribbled his best friend’s number on his hand – he was going to surprise him.
But who was surprised was Yussef himself: the call would have to wait. According to the man in the shop, the government had started to demand the identification of all SIM card holders, for security reasons. A contract would have to be signed and sent by plane to India to be introduced into the system. Yussef would only be able to make his call in 30 days.
30 days! He went back home distraught. That afternoon, however, the man from the shop called his father. They should go back the following day, he said. “We’re going to tear up that piece of paper and do everything all over again”.