The title of this post isn’t really sarcastic. While in many countries, that would be an outrageous amount of time to wait, in India it’s actually quite fast. The complaint columns in the newspapers often have sad stories of people waiting years for a connection—sometimes more than a decade! Perhaps it helps that my landlord is friends with the BSNL guy, and it’s in his name. I’m sure it helps, in fact. If I tried to do it on my own, it would probably take many months.
The most amazing thing is that the Internet connection is actually pretty good (so far).