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Terry Gross, Ira Glass and Peter Sagal – my car in India has NPR!

National Public Radio in IndiaPHOTO: Prashant Jeloka worships these NPR shows, even in India!

I can say with confidence that I will give up many food items before I give up NPR. Thankfully, my lean (and sexy) body will not need to become leaner (and sexier). My car in India now plays National Public Radio!

How can you do the same (even though World Space went bankrupt)?

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Ship mattress, comforter from USA or buy in India? Our story…

20101023-IMG_6574PHOTO: Meenal trying out mattresses in Sikandarpur Market, Gurgaon, India

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Surprisingly, buying a mattress after returning to India was quite straight forward. All of the major brands- Kurl-On, Sleepwell, etc.- can easily be found in most major markets with same day pedal-rickshaw-delivery and cash-on-delivery payment terms. This was a pleasant surprise after our mattress shopping experience in Boston (the entire industry is shady and worse than used car dealers).

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Defeating the rats of Mahabharata

A few years ago, Surya of New Hampshire had done a business out of India. He had many tales, one of which included an army of rats, his cables and Surya shouting with such frustration that you could see his blood red esophagus (Surya likes to use fancy words). Such a tale would have awed anyone, and it made me fear for my internet kingdom.

Since I am softer spoken than Surya and too modest to show my esophagus in public, I have encased my internet in 2000 pounds of pure stainless steel. If the rat armies manage to break my defenses, it will be the crowning achievement of their civilization and deserve a movie to celebrate it: The Rats of Mahabharata versus the cunning defenses of Jeloka ji.

A new stainless steel boxMy equipment and the perforated boxThe equipment insideOnly rats with balls of steel beyond this point

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Cost of living in India – setup expenses for 2BR apartment after R2I

Last updated: December 6, 2010January 17, 2011 | US$1 = Rs.47

Setup expenses in India

$12,000

(Rs.5,65,000)
2 bedrooms used in a larger apartment in Gurgaon, India

Setup expenses
Our apartment came with an exhaust over stove $150 (Rs. 7000) and water heaters (Geyser): $160-$225 each (Rs. 7700-Rs.10,000).
Your landlord may or may not provide these.

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Nonstop repairs at home after R2I India

Things break all the time in India. Things come out of their factory boxes broken, or are found to be faulty on first use. Things break that you’ve never seen broken. Things that you couldn’t even fathom had anything to break in it will break. We Sherlock Holmed this and found 2 obvious reasons. First, the stuff itself is of a lower quality – This is understandable in a poorer country. We’ll make peace with this. Second, the workmanship is very irresponsible. I’m not sure why people don’t take pride in their work but the constant repairs are frustrating.

examples

Example 1: Faulty light wiring

The ceiling light was installed 2 weeks ago. This was the first time I tried to position it according to my taste and it short circuited blowing the main house fuse. Lesson learned: If it works in any respect, thank your stars and don’t touch it.

PHOTO: I’m up on a 30 pound workman’s ladder shit scared of getting electrocuted:Prashant fixing a new light fixture

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Sudbury, MA cushions for sale in Gurgaon, India!

When did Sudbury, MA become fashionable in the malls of Gurgaon? I drove through Sudbury every week to visit Harry and Manny in Marlborough, MA. and seeing the cushion made me smile AND grab my camera.IMG_6577

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Scan and digitize physical pictures before moving to India

Prashant (extreme right) with his cousins in Bihar, IndiaCarrying boxes of valuable family pictures every time I moved was painful enough within the U.S. There was no way that I was going to haul such precious cargo for an international move. But I didn’t want to make love to a scanner for a month either.

Just then, I saw superhero David Pogue of the New York Times fly in carrying a sacred book that promised divine answers to all my problems. I flipped to ‘Scan my family photos’ and put all my faith in its solution…
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Sort and scan all your documents before moving to India

2 Annas was legal tender in Bihar, 1945 PHOTO: Inherited document from 1945 in unknown language

You think you have too many files? Don’t challenge me – I have documents from the early 1900s. My father got it from his mother and I got it from him. And that’s just my fathers side. My mother has evolved a philosophy about this – you don’t know when you’ll need it again so best to save it. Yes, my family has been at this for generations. I had to put an end to it – my imaginary children could not inherit a mountain of paperwork from another century.

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MP3 all your music before moving to India

Live Bhangra music in Kurukshetra, Haryana Punjab border, 2010 With a 5.1 Onkyo envelope in my living room, a speaker in the kitchen and one in the bathroom (it helps with dancing in the shower) my place in Boston rocked. All of this, however, weighed a ton. So what, I’ll ship it to India.

No so fast…

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Don’t ship your books to India (Hint: Kindle)

Making do with free news, South India, 2002 Books are heavy and costly to ship. We sold almost all of our physical books on Amazon.com and purchased a kindle. Our entire library now fits inside our office bags. I’ll refrain from getting into the physical and electronic reading experience debate except for saying that I prefer electronic books.

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