Moving to Chennai for 3-6 months

#1 Apr 22nd, 2012, 16:24
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I'm from the UK but currently on a secondment with our parent company in Paris for 1 year.

They have just asked me if i would be interested in going to Canada (Vancouver) or India (Chennai) for 3-6 months, possibly longer if i enjoy it, to run the IT department of a company they have just purchased.

Canada would be the easy choice but i really fancy the idea of India, but i've never actually been before!

I love to travel and experience different cultures and I'm sure i'd be able to cope in India.

Few questions I'm not sure off:

Whats it like to live in Chennai and India in general?

What is there to do in Chennai? I'm not much of a nightlife person but i love museums and festivals and culture

If its only 3-6 months is it worth going for a hotel or an apartment? Where in Chennai would you recommend?

My office is near Nandanam Arts College, whats the public transport like?

Any advice would be very much appreciated as although India is my current choice, i am finding it hard to choose between India and Canada

Thanks

Andrew
#2 Apr 22nd, 2012, 17:47
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Phew! Questions that are pretty tough to answer in a nutshell!

You've found the right section of the right forum, though: there is quite a lot of ex-pat experience shared here. Take it all in and, perhaps come back with specifics?

But, for starters...


--- It's hot. Very hot and humid all year. Our midwinter is like your summer heatwave.

--- There is also a fair amount of pollution.

--- If you can like Carnatic (Southern Indian) Classical music, there is heaps of it here, and, even better, most of the performances are free.

--- Our infrastructure leaves quite a lot to be desired. Currently (and for several years to come, I fear) a metro rail system is being built. It might be good when it is finished, but it is currently causing traffic chaos in some areas.

--- As a senior ex-pat employee, you ought to be able to get decent housing, either in a leafy suburb, or even by the sea. You should ask for a car and driver. You will be able to afford to have someone to wash and clean your house for you. In this respect, you might find that you can have a higher standard of living here.
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Thanks for the quick reply, very helpfull

I'm researching where the better places are to live in Chennai and have come across Adyar and Besant Nagar, is this right?

Its very hard to find information on rental places from France. The websites i've found have very little information on the properties, and almost none of them have actual photos of the property, or if they do its always computer generated.

I would be the first person my company has sent to India, although they have sent people to other places in the world. As such im not sure what i should be asking for. If i ask for a car and driver isn't that asking too much?

For instance, my year in France, the company is paying 850 Euros for my appartment, 6 return trips to the UK, and various other little benefits. However, for India i've no idea where to begin.

Food is another subject that i'm worried about. Is it best to cook food yourself at home or eat in restaurants?

If i request accommodation, a cleaner, a driver, is that normal?

Thanks, and sorry if i sound a bit of an idiot. I am very much looking forward to spending 6 months in India (perhaps longer), im just worried about how its all going to work
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Don't worry, you don't sound like an idiot! Just getting to grips with the fact that being sent to India to work is probably utterly different than being sent to another European country.

I don't work here, nor, of course, do I have an idea about your seniority and expectations, so I can't comment in any detail. You can find more in other threads, though not sure which ones.

Do you have a family? Will they be coming with you? Probably not, I'd guess, as you have not asked anything about education.
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Originally Posted by stickyfingers85 View Post Whats it like to live in Chennai and India in general?
outside is hot, humid and noisy. Get a room/hotel/apartment/house which is quiet. Try it for a week and then if it is good, settle for the entire time.

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Originally Posted by stickyfingers85 View Post What is there to do in Chennai? I'm not much of a nightlife person but i love museums and festivals and culture
There are 3? museums, but I did them in a few days.

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Originally Posted by stickyfingers85 View Post If its only 3-6 months is it worth going for a hotel or an apartment? Where in Chennai would you recommend?
I would go for a full serviced house/apartment, if the stay was only weeks I would recommend a hotel, possible The Park. Nice food, 2 different kind of restaurants.

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