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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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

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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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 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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