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 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 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 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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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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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 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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“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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charankanya on November 21st, 2008

Should you bring your kitchen appliances with you? Or should you buy them once you reach India? Would the 110V appliances work in India? Or does one need to buy 220V appliances? The following should help you decide what to bring with you when you move to India.

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