Namaste! American woman going to India!

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Greetings & Nomoskar, fellow India-lovers; I was there once as a student and have always wanted to return (in the worst way; must be a past-life thing! ~) - Been reading and studying, learning Hindi (I know, most speak English too, but I'm enjoying it), and getting seriously addicted to Bollywood <grin> for a few years now!

I hope to be able to go this September, and plan to start in Kolkata (I have sponsored kids thru Children International I want to meet there). Also, I know that Kolkata is a cultural and intellectual center, which attracts me too. I was very happy to find this site, and have been reading lots of posts. Any tips for this 'mature' woman visiting Kolkata (and then on to other places all over Bharat), especially 'safe/healthy/budget-minded' suggestions are most welcomed! Thanks to all ~
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Welcome to the site, punzelle! Have a wonderful trip to Kolkata, and make sure to keep in touch with us all after your return.
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dhanyavad, Sita

Hi, Sita, and thank you for your kind welcome ~ I see you've been a member here a long time -- tell me a little about your experiences in India! ~ Susan
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Hello Susan , welcome to IM...happy travels !
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Punzelle

Welcome to IndiaMike.

I returned to India (near Kolkata at IIT-KGP) last year after 12 years in California (Bay area and Orange county). Prior ro that I was in Canada for 15 years.

Wonderwoman, an esteemed member here, is in the Bay area and recently was in Kolkata - I was hoping for her to say hello. Isn't Eureka in Northern Calif - on the way to Oregon?

Please feel free to ask specific questions and I am sure folks will advice.

Cheers

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punzelle,

Welcome to IM. It's a community for indophiles like you and us....Have a happy journey !!
I did not fully understand the dread term "Terminal Illness" until I saw Terminal 1 D of Delhi Airport.
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Welcome, must be great to live in a place called "Eureka".

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Welcome Punzelle. I am sure you are going to love your return. I am finding the planning of the trip exciting and trust you are too!
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Hi Swapnil, and thanks for the welcome!

Hi, Nattusbs, and thanks for the lead to Wonderwoman; yes, Eureka is about 300 miles north of SF; I also lived in Orange County and have lived in the Bay Area too! I'm encouraged by your return to India, and all the other replies here -- such a nice community! Hope to hear more from you, and will check out your posts -

Hi Delhiwala, dhans, and goingback - Such wonderful welcomes here! Yes, "Eureka" is a great name for a city -- but for me, I'll be saying it when I return to bharat! The planning part is exciting, too -- just want to be sure I don't forget anything; I'll be reading lots of your posts ~ have a good weekend ~
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Namaskar Susan,

Bharat mai apka hardik swagat hai, appka Bharat se prem dekh kar mai thoda chakit hua parantu us se jyada mujhe harsha ki anubhuti hui. Agar Bharat ko le ke kisi bhi prakar ka prashn apke chintan mai ho , to krapya mujhe seva ka avsar de, waise Kolkatta mera bhi priya nagar hai.

Welcome to India, I am quite surprised to see your love for India but more than that I am happy.In case, you have any query regarding India,I'd love to answer.By the way,Kolkatta is my favourate city too.

Take Care.
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Hi Devanampiya - Dhanyavad for your nice reply. I am especially khush to see your message in hindi bhi, even though my hindi accha nahi hai abi tak to form complete sentences (and some of my words and tenses are probably going to be wrong, too, but I'm trying ~! Perhaps I'll learn a little more by reading your posts!) - I'd love to hear whatever you can tell me about why Kolkata is your favorite city ~ have a good Sunday ~ Cheers, punzelle
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Hi again,

Ek bar fir apka Hardik Abhinandan,
Agar apko wakya purna karne mai kasht ho raha hai to ye koi badi bat nahi hai,kyonki Hindi apki matra bhasha nahi hai dusra abhi app Hindi seekh rahi hai, aur sabse badi bat hai seekhna,baki sab uske bad asan hai.. Aur Kolkatta ke barre mai kya kahu, Mujhe waha ki sabse achi bat lagti hai ki waha par janata mai kafi samanta hai, bhed bhav kam hai. Kripya City of Joy namak pustak ko padde,Kokatta ke barre mai kafi kuch batati hai.

If you are facing a problem in forming sentences , there is nothing to worry about it because Hindi is not your native language, secondly, you are still learning it,which is the most important thing to do rest everything is easy.About Kolkatta,I would say that I love that city because superficially you can notice some disparities but substantially the is equality,people are happy. Iíll suggest you must read City Of Joy, itís a good book about Kolkatta.
Kripya apna khayal rakhe.
Please take care of yourself.
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The Joy of Hindi...

Hi Devanampiya ~ Dhanyavad for the encouraging words about learning hindi (and again for the hindi bhi!) -

I take time to build vocabulary and practice my devanagari script every day, and just love it when a newly-learned word is so delightful to me, like "parampara" - that just sounds so much like 'tradition,' doesn't it? <grin> -

I have seen the movie "City of Joy," with Patrick Swayze -- is that based on the book, and if so is it faithful to the story? It's very moving. If the book is another story altogether, I'll be sure to find it.

Kripya apna bhi khayal rakhe -
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Pleasure is all mine, plz do well.
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happy return

enjoy your time ,enjoy your freedom in India

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