You are here because, most likely, you are a person of Indian origin who has lived in the West for many years, and are seriously thinking about returning to India for good. But you are not sure if doing so is a good idea. And even if you have already made a decision to return, you would like a review of the entire move process.
Or you are a slightly older child of such a family who would like to digest these facts at your own pace rather than at the dining table when your parents are making important decisions - those that can have a profound impact on your life.
Or you are an Indian who has not caught up on recent developments in India and would like an overview. Perhaps reading up on our blog may make you change your mind about India - or cement it even more.
Or you are a freelance foreigner who has visited India previously but is now considering a temporary relocation to India for either work or pleasure. You have been to India before but have never really lived there. You have enjoyed coffee table books about India but not a blog which describes how life may change for you.
Or you manage the Global Mobility team of a company fielding inquiries from your employees about potential expat opportunities or transfers to India.
Or you operate a business which advises clients on how to set up subsidiaries in India and want to educate them about what to expect when senior executives move their families to India.
This site is intended to serve all the above audiences. We have included a vast menu of topics and provided overviews wherever possible so that all readers are on the proverbial “same page”. India veterans who know these details may simply skip over the content with a click, but a cursory review may still be beneficial. As India watchers ourselves, we were surprised to learn so many facts especially in the finance, tax, schooling and the physical move areas.
And, we have included an expansive section on comparing life in the US with that in India. We recognize that every India watcher can come up with his/her private list of factors and reasonable individuals may disagree with our current state assessment. At a minimum, we hope these differences trigger an active debate as decision time comes near.
Our site is therefore a practical guide on what to do after you have made a decision to return. In fact, we even published a book that's available on Amazon for just $2.99. Learn more about our book and its difference from our site.
Many things have changed life in India for the better; others are for the worse. And quite a few have remained not quite different from the way they were 26 years ago when we first left India. Our primary motivation for launching this blog - as against the goal of our book - was to share with you our fascination with Indian life. Check out our section on India Live! which we hope to update several times a week.
We lived in the United States for 26 years and have now relocated to India for good. We shipped to India all that we owned, rented out our US home, enrolled our 10 year old in school, bought a car and a motorcycle in India, signed a rental lease, received our shipment intact, signed up with service providers and launched our start up. In short, our transition is complete.
We hope that no matter what your reason is to be here, you enjoy it as much as we did developing this blog. Happy reading!
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