charankanya on August 18th, 2008

When I moved to India I asked a lot of people what I should stock-up with in my Container.  I did not get very helpful answers, partly because I guess no one would really know exactly how I ran my household on a day-to-day basis.  Also, the fact that almost everything is now available in […]

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charankanya on August 13th, 2008

When I was deciding to move to India, everyone told me that it will be nice because I will have servants to help me.  I had mentally prepared myself for all the “bad things” of India, so that I could adjust better.  However, the brighter side of things was the servants.  What nonsense!!!! For the […]

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charankanya on August 13th, 2008

Any school is only as good as it’s teachers. With “international” schools mushrooming, it is difficult to find good teachers that have the right training for teaching in an international school. Many schools state that they provide their own teacher-training. I would research and ask questions to the school about how many teachers have been […]

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charankanya on August 12th, 2008

If your child is in the 9th grade when you move to India, definitely consider an International school for him/her.   Traditional schools are certainly not the way to go.  International schools are either affiliated with IB or IGCSE.  International schools are the latest fad.  With IB schools also being very expensive (an average of  Rs.2 […]

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charankanya on July 21st, 2008

Soon after we arrived in Pune, we needed to buy a car. Luckily, we could borrow my parent’s car for some time, so we weren’t desperate to buy right away. We thought, we’d take some time to settle down, pay attention to the more urgent items like finding a school, opening bank accounts, getting phone […]

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charankanya on July 21st, 2008

“Oh, you’re a Housewife” How that statement riles me. For the past many years I’ve been a stay at home. Living in the U.S., there was no concept of being a “housewife” ( I wonder what the means anyway….wife of the house??) I worked really hard, 24/7.….but never earned a dime. The cooking, the laundry, […]

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charankanya on July 21st, 2008

I relocated to India about 2 years ago. I had three requirements that needed to be met, in order for me to move to India. One of these was an excellent school, that matched up with my philosophy of what I want for my children. For me the choice was quite simple, since I was […]

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charankanya on July 21st, 2008

When I moved to India, I shopped quite a bit. But there were many things that I did not get, because I thought they would be available here. Here’s a list of things I would definitely consider getting if you have kids: Craft Supplies:  Supplies such as construction paper, chenille stems, foam cut-outs, stamps, stencils, […]

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charankanya on July 21st, 2008

When I first moved here, one of the hardest things was making friends. We were renting an apartment, in one of the more upscale buildings. I would take my kids down so that they could play with the other kids. They would ask if they could play with them, and the building kids would say […]

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charankanya on July 21st, 2008

So, you’ve decided to move to India. Wonderful! Be prepared to experience some of the best moments and some of the most frustrating moments of your life. But, before you get here……you have to go through all the hassle and stress related to moving. Amongst many other things, you must be wondering what appliances to […]

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