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Forum: Darjeeling Nov 9th, 2017, 13:47
Replies: 35
Views: 1,799
Posted By professorm
Entertaining write up. Informative with excellent...

Entertaining write up. Informative with excellent photos. Many thanksl
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Oct 31st, 2017, 13:03
Replies: 54
Views: 2,269
Posted By professorm
Perhaps you should consider bicycling in your...

Perhaps you should consider bicycling in your second trip to India. After you evaluate and observe traffic conditions in India during your first trip, you will have better idea whether or not you...
Forum: Darjeeling Oct 30th, 2017, 03:05
Replies: 35
Views: 1,799
Posted By professorm
Entertaining write up, hoping for a continuation.

Entertaining write up, hoping for a continuation.
Forum: Money Issues and India Travel Oct 20th, 2017, 14:41
Replies: 3,348
Views: 195,207
Posted By professorm
Ongoing threat to demonetize will eventually wean...

Ongoing threat to demonetize will eventually wean Indians of paper currency to digital. It may take up to ten years and many inconveniences of demonetizations to get there. Everyone will capitulate,...
Forum: Money Issues and India Travel Oct 1st, 2017, 13:01
Replies: 3,348
Views: 195,207
Posted By professorm
Political situation can change, however, Modi is...

Political situation can change, however, Modi is like Pundit Nehru. He will leave lasting legacy, even though he is by crooked politicians.

Under his watch, expect more demonetizations. So, I will...
Forum: Money Issues and India Travel Sep 25th, 2017, 12:52
Replies: 3,348
Views: 195,207
Posted By professorm
Jamie Dimon knows a lot about Indian economy. JP...

Jamie Dimon knows a lot about Indian economy. JP Morgan processes nearly two trillion US dollars of international transactions daily. Many of these transactions involve India.

JP Morgan may be...
Forum: For Citizens of India - Passport and Visa Questions Sep 25th, 2017, 10:27
Replies: 38
Views: 1,197
Posted By professorm
Here are a few comments Chawkmok: 1. It...

Here are a few comments Chawkmok:

1. It appears your application for Canadian Visa is not very convincing. You are taking your mother with you, perhaps your only roots in India?

2. As pointed...
Forum: Scams and Annoyances in India Sep 21st, 2017, 01:00
Replies: 138
Views: 30,974
Posted By professorm
Frauds and scams definitely takes a toll on all...

Frauds and scams definitely takes a toll on all of us.
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Aug 14th, 2017, 22:06
Replies: 16
Views: 961
Posted By professorm
Other than your irregular comings and goings...

Other than your irregular comings and goings record, you are implicitly broadcasting something that trigger the agents. Your dress, beard, or some other stereotypic behavior ... Examine it if you...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Aug 11th, 2017, 12:13
Replies: 145
Views: 32,113
Posted By professorm
Enjoyed this thread, so many thought provoking...

Enjoyed this thread, so many thought provoking comment! Here are a few comments based on my experiences.

Upfront, I am against reservations or quota system for medical or engineering areas, and...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Aug 7th, 2017, 23:20
Replies: 145
Views: 32,113
Posted By professorm
Compare Chennnai to Kolkata and Varanasi. Most...

Compare Chennnai to Kolkata and Varanasi. Most Indian cities are dirty anyway! Why? Poverty creates its own by products, raw sewage, lack of latrines, ...
Forum: Uttarakhand Jul 31st, 2017, 14:35
Replies: 1,713
Views: 286,568
Posted By professorm
Frankly, the population growth is eating up all...

Frankly, the population growth is eating up all the natural resources on the way to create pollution. India must control population or perish in an outbreak of widespread epidemics accelerating death...
Forum: India Expat Area Jul 21st, 2017, 14:26
Replies: 976
Views: 254,266
Posted By professorm
Back to Topic: One should not plan to live...

Back to Topic:

One should not plan to live of interest payments unless one has ample invested. Even if you do not touch the original investment, it is going down (its buying power) due to...
Forum: Moving to Delhi Jul 10th, 2017, 15:01
Replies: 133
Views: 6,905
Posted By professorm
Not_ally wrote: ProfessorM, lived in Austin...

Not_ally wrote: ProfessorM, lived in Austin (Zilker Park) for about 4 years, are y’all still keeping it weird ?

Ally, Austin is a beautiful city with a fine university. I live in the suburbs....
Forum: Moving to Delhi Jul 10th, 2017, 02:11
Replies: 133
Views: 6,905
Posted By professorm
Alicia, I recommend you look into Indian Muslim...

Alicia, I recommend you look into Indian Muslim Law pertaining to marriage and divorce. More specifically, read about laws concerning polygamy and ease of divorce.

Most people hate to consider...
Forum: Moving to Goa Jul 6th, 2017, 22:14
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Posted By professorm
Before folks with more knowledge about Goa chime...

Before folks with more knowledge about Goa chime in, let us hope so, here are a few general comments:

You should seriously consider renting prior to buying to collect sufficient information on...
Forum: India Expat Area May 29th, 2017, 13:43
Replies: 17
Views: 3,598
Posted By professorm
Upfront, I am not an international tax expert....

Upfront, I am not an international tax expert. Here are a few general comments anyway:

Your tax computations are rather simple. As an US citizen, compute US tax by reporting all income including...
Forum: Money Issues and India Travel May 10th, 2017, 13:47
Replies: 3,348
Views: 195,207
Posted By professorm
This rejuvenation of this thread is remarkable....

This rejuvenation of this thread is remarkable. Some of the old arguments found new life, they appear different in present context.

Upfront, I give respect to the posters for very stimulating...
Forum: Chennai (Madras) Apr 19th, 2017, 12:02
Replies: 5
Views: 1,044
Posted By professorm
Go with car and driver if you can afford. It is...

Go with car and driver if you can afford. It is worth peace of mind.
Forum: Kerala Mar 24th, 2017, 02:25
Replies: 69
Views: 6,307
Posted By professorm
They are communists!

They are communists!
Forum: Domestic India Flights Feb 9th, 2017, 04:54
Replies: 35
Views: 2,779
Posted By professorm
In short duration (upto five hours), I do not eat...

In short duration (upto five hours), I do not eat or drink in the plane to avoid using the tight lavatories! Eat a little snack if you must.

I am hoping you do the same. Yesterday, I traveled...
Forum: Money Issues and India Travel Feb 6th, 2017, 04:51
Replies: 3,348
Views: 195,207
Posted By professorm
I love Indians however it is a land of...

I love Indians however it is a land of tax-dodgers! This behavior has hurt them in the long run. Sorely needed infrastructure is lacking due to shortage of available tax rupees. Govt. cannot print...
Forum: Property in India Jan 29th, 2017, 14:44
Replies: 35
Views: 1,563
Posted By professorm
Invest in what you know. Invest you must or you...

Invest in what you know. Invest you must or you will come to grief. You are losing money adjusted for inflation if you keep it in fixed deposit in the bank. If you keep it in real estate, read...
Forum: India Expat Area Jan 26th, 2017, 13:11
Replies: 19
Views: 6,638
Posted By professorm
I have immensely benefited from US system I have...

I have immensely benefited from US system I have both Social Security benefits and Medicare. I paid into both. Good investments! I chose defined contributions plan, this allowed me to invest and...
Forum: India Expat Area Jan 26th, 2017, 00:47
Replies: 67
Views: 7,078
Posted By professorm
Yes, I have Part (b), and Yes deduction is same...

Yes, I have Part (b), and Yes deduction is same as paying cash for me. However, one cannot join Part (b) anytime after a specified window in time without incurring prohibitive fine and other cost....
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