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#1 Feb 6th, 2017, 18:39
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Hey guys,

Is there anyone still active on this forum? (I saw that the last post was written in 2016)
We are considering living in Chennai for a few years and I would like to ask some questions.

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You meant the chennai sub section of the forum.

Yes. I expect you to get in depth information about Chennai from reliable sources out here.

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Originally Posted by Ilo View Post I would like to ask some questions.

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Thanks! Yes I meant this section of the forum.

My main concern is safety. Would you say it is safe for a woman to walk on the streets alone? As in shopping, sightseeing, going to meetings etc. (daytime) Maybe someone can share their experiences.

About area's to live in.. I saw someone mentioning Mylapore as a nice area to live in. Can someone tell me something more about that? Or maybe other nice places of course

Thanks in advance!
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1. Generally it is a safe city.

2. Don't think of moving here until you have taken a look for yourself!

Ilo. what's your side to the story: why are you considering India/Chenna as a place to live in? People need more of a story to respond to!
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Indeed, you need to give some info if you want people to respond.

Why are you moving there? If for work, where will the office be located (a very significant consideration, transport wise)? How will you get around, private car...? What's your housing budget (ballpark)?

Are there children and if so, what kind of school are you looking for?

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Nick and dillichaat thanks for replying!

My husband was offered a good job position in Chennai for the company he works for now as well. We are a young couple, no children. The office will be in the Mylapore area. The house will be paid for, as well as a driver.
To be honest, we never really considered India as our number 1 option for an experience abroad. However, now that he was offered this position in Chennai, we did some research on the city and country itself on the web and we are definitely more interested to go there. Of course I agree that we have to go there first before deciding.

My main concerns are safety and work possibilites for me. I just came across an older post of you, Nick, about spouses not being able to get a work visa. What are your thoughts on that? I really wish to develop myself as well, and not being a housewive..
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Theoretically, it *might* be possible for you to get a work visa. Theoretically. The question is if a) it's realistic and b) if it's worth it. Let me explain: for any conversion of visa, you'll need to jump through a lot of hoops and so will your prospective employer. There's also the language issue that severely restricts the types of jobs available. I take it you don't speak Tamil?

Also, unless you can get an expat job, you'll be offered local wages and -apologies to indian people working for their daily bread- if your husband receives a good expat package then, strictly economically, it doesn't make sense for you to bust a gut for an amount that will likely be a trifle. That's economically speaking, practically speaking you need to fill your days and that can be a tall order. Check if your partner's employer offers something for spouses.

What I'd suggest before anything else is to simply come over to Chennai and visit the place. It's a big difference vs living there but it'll give you an idea. If you need a hotel reference, I recommend the Leela palace or -if you like old style and a neighbourhood that's nice to walk around in- the Taj connemara. But Nick will be able to tell you lots more, I was based in Delhi with my wife.
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I think you should ignore the first few pages of that thread. My post highlighted something that was news about seven years ago. Stick to posts from the last year or two.

Do you guys have any previous experience of India? I'd repeat that you should visit before making a decision. And even then, India as a couple-of-weeks holiday is very different to living here.

I turned redundancy into retirement, and have not worked for nearly fourteen years. Before then, I would have loved to have been a househusband --- so I'm a little short on empathy when it comes to the desire to be employed! Unless, of course, one has a vocation such as medicine or art.

See the recent posts for recent visa information. You can find links and quotes to almost everything you need to know, especially in ViShVa's posts.

My thoughts are to remember that an employment visa depends on the job: it is no longer valid without the job... so, if you come here to two separate jobs, your visas are dependent on that. If one job ceases, that person is going to have to arrange a new visa of a different type, and that may require leaving the country.

As a housewife, by the way, you could be in a situation of not having to lift a finger. As expats with a house+driver in the package, plainly, you are going to be rather wealthy in Indian terms --- and even people like me can, and do, afford domestic workers. If you do have an art or a passion that you can follow rather than employment, then you could really devote yourself to that.

I'm not really qualified to talk about expat life, as mine isn't: it is a local life as an immigrant. There is a lot of international industry and commerce in and around Chennai, so, yes, there is an expat community/communities. There is an international expat forum called internations.com which has an Indian section, indeed a Chennai section. It is not free, but it might be a worthwhile resource for you. And you can take a look around, read their general stuff, etc, for free, before joining up.

Bringing up safety again, I would say that the most dangerous thing in your life will be crossing roads!
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Thanks for replying!

Being able to work is definitely a high priority for me. Money is not really the issue, but I would like to keep myself busy. I am still young and I want to gain some experience and develop myself. From the research we've done so far and from what we read here, it seems like there is a big chance for me not being able to work because of visa issues. I'm wondering if there are any people on this board who have had the same experience. A lot to think about!

Thanks dillichaat for the hotel recommendations .

So do you have any recommendations of nice neighbourhoods close to Mylapore?
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Originally Posted by dillichaat View Post ... If you need a hotel reference, I recommend the Leela palace or -if you like old style and a neighbourhood that's nice to walk around in- the Taj connemara. But Nick will be able to tell you lots more, I was based in Delhi with my wife.
Well, not really... five-star hotels are a rare treat for me, and usually courtesy of a visitor's generosity. This is one reason that I make no attempt to hang around with Internations.com groups: they are in a different financial strata to me, and that is just part of the lifestyle differences.

(Ilo... please don't take my remarks to mean that I have anything against foreigners: I enjoy very much meeting people who come here. And I'm always happy to take them on shopping trip to the silk shops.)

But I usually recommend Raintree, St Mary Road. Which is is Abhiramapuram, which is on the Southern edge of Mylapore. An extremely nice area to live in! It was my first home in Chennai... and has become a lot posher since then.

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Originally Posted by Ilo Being able to work is definitely a high priority for me. Money is not really the issue, but I would like to keep myself busy.
I think most people who are not able to have employment, but want to be active and involved with something, find some sort of formal or informal association with charity or other NGO work. There are still possible visa issues with any formal relationship. I leave it to the currently-informed to advise on this.
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Thanks Nick for the info and recommendations Really helpful.

Hopefully someone with info on visa issues will read this. Also charity or NGO would work for me.
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My wife (based in Delhi as I said) couldn't work either due to insurmountable visa issues (special situation, by comparison your visa-issue might prove easier to sort out).

She busied herself by (unpaid) volunteer work for an NGO, later by giving classes to expat children and being involved in the running and attracting financing of a -legit- orphanage. However, all of this was informal. She wasn't paid nor officially engaged in these activities and strictly speaking I guess it was a grey area, keeping in mind her visa status. Doing everything officially 100% correct might not prove possible in practice, given the visa situation. Usually nobody will mind, provided that a) you're not deriving any income from what you do and b) that you stay away from politics.

If you want to volunteer, take your time to study the organisation and the way they do things. Make sure you agree with what they say they do, that their words correspond with their acts and take care that they don't simply use you and your expat connections as a conduit to generate income for them (nothing wrong with that, provided they're on the level and legitimate, else it's your reputation that will suffer).

If you get bored, do what the wife of a colleague did: fly to Singapore every month to go shopping and have your hair done
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Make a visit your priority: even if your husband cannot take the time off. We have plenty of threads advising (and mostly encouraging) women visiting India alone. Try to come for a minimum of two weeks: give yourself time to get accustomed and confident walking around the streets. Be comfortable in a good hotel, and remember that, when tired, overheated or whatever, you won't be more than an autorickshaw (or even Uber taxi) ride away from it.

We'll have an Indiamike meetup for you --- although, these days, the regulars are me (UK-origin immigrant), John-Philipe (Canada-origin immigrant) and Jag (Chennai born and bred). So three guys....

There are a couple of Indiamike ladies that I know, we can try to get them along. Both Indian, although one of them is Bengali. The other is Tamil, but has spent a lot of time abroad so she can give a multicultural perspective.

Would be nice. Us three guys are sick of each other!!!

Two further notes about living in Chennai:

1. Language. It is all too easy to get along just fine here speaking only English.

2. Climate. It gets very, very hot here in April and May. 40C-plus, and very humid with it. Even our mid-winter days are like nice summer days in Europe.
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