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 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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“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 19th, 2009

If your child is in an IB school or you are considering putting your child in an IB school, you MUST read this. In my opinion, IB Schools in Pune are probably one of the biggest scams around.  The IB affiliation by the International Baccalaureate Organization is offered for three different programmes:  PYP (Primary Years […]

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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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charankanya on November 13th, 2008

It has now been almost two and a half years since I moved back to India.  It is only in the past 10 months or so, that I truly feel settled and feel “at home”.   The first 18 months were a rough roller coaster ride, and I have lost count of how many times I […]

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charankanya on September 15th, 2008

While browsing I came across this very well written article by Mahipal on Ten things one must be ready for while living in India. It’s a must read for those of you who are thinking of moving back to India. Mahipal is planning to return to India in 2010 with his family, and some of the insights he has, has hit the nail on the head. He writes that:

Quality of life is not just decided by the inside of your house or office…it is a sum of every thing that you face and come in contact with on a day to day basis.

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charankanya on September 5th, 2008

Before I moved to Pune two years ago, I did a lot of research in trying to find the “best” ICSE school. I called so many people (many whom I didn’t even know….was referred to by someone who knew them), in order to find the right school for my kids. Based on all that information, we made a decision to go with the “best” school….(l’m not going to name it). However, when we finally got here I realised that all the “information” I had got was actually just “opinions”. There was very little factual information. As I found out, almost no one had just factual information…..they just had “stories” they had heard, things that they think happened, etc.. Enough to say, that I had to find another school for my kids, and I had to find it fast. I ended up visiting almost every school there was in Pune at the time (within a certain radius), in order to get the information I wanted.

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