charankanya on June 24th, 2009

All of us, especially those who have been in India for a very short time, need to be extra careful during the Monsoon.  The Monsoon is considered India’s “flu season”, and it is very easy to fall sick.   Since water is a carrier of diseases, one needs to take some extra precautions. Here are some […]

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charankanya on May 31st, 2009

Here are some more activites for kids in Pune.  For additional activites, see my previous post here. Golfway Fun Center Golfway is an indoor, 18-hole  mini-golf place located in Vimaan Nagar.  It is has a fun “obstacle” mini-golf course that kids thoroughly enjoy.  Being indoors, it is perfect for hot summer days, or rainy monsoon days.  […]

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charankanya on May 26th, 2009

This is the store  that we bought transformers as well as 220 volt garbage disposers etc. Its a good store – prompt shipping etc. Regarding transformers, you need step-down transformers (to step down the voltage from 220 volts to 110 volts for your US appliances). The ones we have got are on this page  (scroll down to see […]

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What are the pros and cons of moving to India, versus staying in the U.S. (or some other country)? This question was debated so many times by my friends and I (when I was deciding to move). It still continues to be debated now by my friends who are themselves thinking about moving.  “What is the best […]

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charankanya on April 9th, 2009

I drop my kids off at school each morning.  I drop them to the gate and walk back to my car.  I see the same parents every morning who come to drop off their children.  When I make eye-contact, I smile at them….and no one smiles back.  In fact, most hastily avert their gaze, or […]

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charankanya on April 6th, 2009

Soccernova runs an excellent program for teaching soccer to children.  Soccernova follows the international curriculum of Brazilian Soccer Schools. Their coaches are very well trained.  I have found it very rare to find such an excellent, dedicated, well organized sports curriculum in Pune.  The coaches really know their stuff, and know how to impart it to kids.  […]

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charankanya on March 18th, 2009

A friend’s maid is beaten up by her drunk husband…yet again.   How can we help stop this?  Most people say don’t get directly involved, or her family can be targeted.  So, what next? We helplessly watch a woman being battered?  Does anyone know how she can be helped?  Are there any shelters for battered women in […]

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charankanya on March 18th, 2009

Restaurant: Ccasanova Cuisine: Italian Cost: Expensive Location: Kalyaninagar, Pune. Contact Info: +91 20 2660 8888 Pros: Very nice decor.  Great ambience.  Good food.  I would recommend the Tomato soup.  The Minestrone Soup is good, but it would be more apt to call it “French Beans and Vegetable Soup”.  The Pizzas are quite good, and so […]

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“If Your’e Coming Home Again” is a well written, interesting article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal recently.   Mr. Sheth writes that:  But is India really the land of opportunity for its returnees? Undoubtedly, there’s opportunity. But here are a few thoughts and suggestions that potential returnees should be aware of before they book their […]

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charankanya on January 22nd, 2009

For most it is just difficult to find good, accurate information on the various schools in India.  There is a good website, that tries to fill this gap. Zeeksha is a place to find and share experiences about various schools and pre-schools in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune It was started by a group of […]

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