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Settling In | Survivor's Guide to India - Part 2


charankanya on September 11th, 2008

Most, if not all, want to send their children to the “best” school possible.  If you are new in a place it is very difficult to find out what is the “best” school.  Also, with all the different education boards the choices are many.  Here I list two schools that I consider to be the […]

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anand on August 18th, 2008

I continue to be amazed at the amount of paperwork that is required in India. For any activity, there is a requirement for a letter to be written. Depositing a check (cheque) involves filling in a deposit slip with some reasonable and mostly unreasonable or redundant information. Nonetheless, there are many instances where some documents will be repeatedly required. I mean, really require. With every service you ask for, you will be asked to provide some version of these documents. So, it is best to have them handy. These include PAN Card, proof of identity and proofs of address.

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charankanya on August 13th, 2008

For many months after I moved to India, many would ask me what it is that I miss the most about the US. The top two things were my friends and some foods. One of these was cheese. Firstly, let me say that I am no big connoisseur of cheese. I use basic cheeses such […]

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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 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 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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