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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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 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 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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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 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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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 3rd, 2008

During Diwali vacation we visited Mumbai with the goal to do some touristy things.  After much research, we found some places that are rather nice and very enjoyable. 1. Elephanta Caves: It’s about a 45 minute ferry ride from the Gateway of India.   It’s a definite must go place.  The caves were very clean and […]

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