charankanya on January 17th, 2012

An FBAR is the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Form TD F 90-22.1 from the Dept. of Treasury (US). Who must file the FBAR? If you are a “person of the United States, and if you have “financial interest in, signature authority or other authority over any financial account(s) in a foreign country” […]

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charankanya on December 24th, 2011

Flipkart:  Excellent online bookstore.  Great collection. Even have option for Cash-on-Delivery for most items. Landmark:  Can also order online.  Also has many store locations.  Some stores (like the one at Camp) are HUGE.  Good collection.  Gift certificates (Rs. 300 or more) come in a “card” form – the type with a magnetic strip, and is […]

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charankanya on February 1st, 2011

Many people I know are not quite happy with the system of schooling in Indian schools.  Everyone grumbles, and apparently there is no perfect school.  I’ve heard of a few people that are opting for the homeschooling option.   There are two homeschooling options that I am aware of.  The first one is the homeschooling […]

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charankanya on January 30th, 2011

In the last 6 months I don’t think I’ve been able to have a single conversation with my friends without discussing my “maid problem”.   By now I’m sure all of them must be thinking that something must be wrong with me, since how can a single person have maid problems for such a long time.  […]

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On day two after arriving in India, my husband insisted I should drive.  His logic was reasonable….I should be independent!  Four years later, I still cringe at the thought of driving.  Unless it’s an emergency, I will not drive.  The traffic here, esepcially the two wheelers, really scare me.  I’m not afraid of my safety, […]

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charankanya on November 24th, 2009

EKansh is a charitable trust that believes that every human being has the right to lead a whole life regardless of their natural disabilities.  It is trying to make the world of the disabled more inclusive, by encouraging restaurants to have menu cards in Braille to trying to have wheelchair accessible ramps in all places.  They have also […]

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charankanya on November 24th, 2009

Giving back to society. Making a difference in the lives of those less priviliged than us. Donating your time. Donating used clothes, books, toys, & other stuff. How to & Where to? Read on to find out.

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charankanya on November 19th, 2009

Christmas is around the corner, and where does one go to buy toys in Pune?  When I first moved here, I sure did miss the huge Toys R Us stores.  However, there are some pretty good places here in Pune where you can get a wide variety of toys under one roof. Lifestyles (at Kalyani […]

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charankanya on November 18th, 2009

Children’s Library, Yoga Club, Scrabble Club, Creative Communication Club, Story Club, and other activities in Pune.

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charankanya on July 10th, 2009

Whenever I visit other countries I’m always looking for souvenirs to bring home – from fridge magnets to coffee table books.  Sadly, most of the places I’ve travelled to in India it’s not been easy to find good quality souvenirs.  INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) has opened two shops in Pune, which […]

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