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 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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“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 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 September 30th, 2008

For a long time I have been meaning to write on the differences between ICSE and CBSE.  The problem however was that while I was familiar with ICSE, I didn’t know too much about CBSE.  Then I came across this very well written article by Chitra Aiyer. If you are seeking admissions for your child […]

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anand on September 23rd, 2008

Having got used to the simplicity of brokerage accounts in the US, it took me some time to get a handle on how the brokerage accounts are structured and setup in India. Once you ‘get’ it, its not complicated – just painfully fragmented. However, there is typically no simple description that helps you ‘get’ it – so you’ve to play 20 questions and reverse engineer an understanding that works. Here’s what I have learned:

To invest and trade in stocks, you need :

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anand on September 17th, 2008

The recent events in the US financial markets have lead to a sharp downturn in India’s markets too. Additionally, with the dollar strengthening against the rupee, the purchase power of the dollar has gone up significantly over the past three-four weeks. These two events, individually but more so coupled together, make considering investments in India very attractive.

Investments in the Indian stock markets has some great advantages. I am often surprised that expats, NRIs and others do not always realize some of the subtle advantages. Beyond being a hot growth area for the past few years (30-40% returns have been the common for a lot of mutual funds), the subtle advantages are on the tax treatment for these invesments. In this note, I’m just focusing on this tax treatment.

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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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