charankanya on October 22nd, 2008

When you have just arrived in India, hiring a maid is not necessarily your top-most priority.  But sooner or later you will need to hire a maid(s).  For most, this hiring process has some angst.  I have given below some questions to ask at the “interview”.  Many of them may not be relevant to the […]

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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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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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charankanya on September 5th, 2008

Before I moved to Pune two years ago, I did a lot of research in trying to find the “best” ICSE school. I called so many people (many whom I didn’t even know….was referred to by someone who knew them), in order to find the right school for my kids. Based on all that information, we made a decision to go with the “best” school….(l’m not going to name it). However, when we finally got here I realised that all the “information” I had got was actually just “opinions”. There was very little factual information. As I found out, almost no one had just factual information…..they just had “stories” they had heard, things that they think happened, etc.. Enough to say, that I had to find another school for my kids, and I had to find it fast. I ended up visiting almost every school there was in Pune at the time (within a certain radius), in order to get the information I wanted.

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anand on September 5th, 2008

Based off my experience, I advise people to bring any and all electronics from the US. I have my home theater, DVD players, Wii, GameCube, kitchen appliances etc all working fine. I have found that electronics are the cheapest in the USA (best selection, best deals). India is at least 30%, sometimes over a 100% more expensive so it is advisable to bring your existing electronics (and even electricals) and possibly even purchase new ones to transport to India. Here’s what you have to think through (and plan for)…

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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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