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#16 Apr 30th, 2009, 16:23
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well more experience than me with such matters! so how did you initially start the process? did you live there before you married?
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You can find my story; I think I told it all about 28,000 posts ago

There are lots of others here too!
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#18 Apr 30th, 2009, 17:28
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hehe when is the autobiography out?!
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It's all here on Indiamike.

Sometimes, looking back on it, I think discretion might have been better, but what's a loud-mouthed noisy bird to do, other than screech!
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So how long as such a noisy bird resided in India?
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Since January 2005. We sold my UK home and got married in December 2005.

Actually, I'd say that 180 consecutive days is an ideal amount of time for a stay in India. On the 181st day, the irritation levels begin to rise, and the charm levels begin to fall. Taking a break keeps up the enthusiasm levels!

The problem with this, of course, is the air fares, and the cost of living for the periods in other countries.

(Maybe 180 days should be the maximum stay anywhere. I find London much more enjoyable now that I don't live there!)
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ha well i have yet to spend 180 days there! but every day I spend there is fabulous, back in the UK trying to sort everything out, I have a multiple visa but as you say its the constant expense of going back and forth and the eternal worry that one day you wont get back in! the security is quite extreme (even for me and I've lived in the UK & US) and I can't say I will miss london in the slightest! Once I got my head around the lack of wine menu (riviera or riviera) and the fact I will probably have to give up my stilton obsession I will be happy to bid farewell to these shores!
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Originally Posted by hinduwannabe View Post I will probably have to give up my stilton obsession
You can scratch out the "probably". You can't even get reasonable Cheddar, despite expensive stores claiming that's what their yellow blocks are meant to be; it is absolutely nothing like a good mature Cheddar of the quality that you'd find in England, Ireland or Canada.

The only way you'll get Stilton in India (yet alone a good one), even if you have access to expat shops, is if a friend smuggles some in for you.

Fortunately, the mangoes make up for it.
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Question Why???

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post ...I don't think anywhere in the world has a 'girlfriend' visa!
GF Visa? What a great idea! Nick, when are you gonna become secretary of immigration? It would have made my life so much easier than marrying a girl from Paris...

But then again, it would put Russian mail-order brides out of bidnis.

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Originally Posted by rajiveanand View Post But then again, it would put Russian mail-order brides out of bidnis.
Not at all, it would be great for business. Instead of a one-off bride sale, you could rent a partner for a year or two, and when you got bored, you could pay to exchange her for another.
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bidnis.
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seriously GF visa's are an extremely good idea, a sort of 'try before you buy' affair, with regards to the Russian brides well they would have to go through 2 years of GF Visa, 2 years of fiancess Visa.... like the rest of us

Yes Nick if we ever got hold of voting rights in India we would vote for you
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I am not eligible to ever hold any sort of political office in India.

Sorry... if I was, I would say it is a daft idea. Even fiances can come and go. GFs and BFs of everyone who wants to be in India would come out of the woodwork.

I'm sorry for those that have their personal lives made difficult by the the India immigration system, or lack of it, but it could be worse, when international affairs get in the way of personal relationships.

Apart from that, it is the way it is, and is unlikely to change much in the foreseeable future. It has to be lived with.
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when available the Extra Strong Cheddar here in Goa is pretty good (but expensive!)

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Thanks, yes I think there is an international shop in Nagpur but to be used occasionally as it is an expensive treat!

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