Moving to Chennai Soon, questions for the ladies and dog owners?

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Hi! I am new to India Mike and I have already posted a previous question about rent, thing is that I am moving very soon to Chennai and I have so many questions and excitement in my head I am about explode, I would really appreciate all the help I can get from you guys!

So the main thing on my head is that I am traveling alone, I am on my 20s and come from the western side of the globe. Even though I consider myself adventurous and very impulsive, I also know better, so I would like to ask you girls (or guys with girl friends who travelled alone or some girl they know on my situation) some specific doubts that are driving me nuts!

-The casual dressing code.. I am wondering, can I wear jeans, shorts, decent length skirts and dresses I bring form home? Can I dress jut how I do it here? I mean, I tend to wear t shirts with band names on them.. or should I wear the traditional colorful sari? I love the style believe me, but I also happen to love my current clothes. I really want to fit in Chennai´s etiquette, if you have like an everyday style link I can check I would truly appreciate it.

-About me walking around Chennai alone, Is it safe to go running to a park in the morning/dawn or such?

-About my dog. As soon as I get established I will ask to get my dog from home, Do you think I can take him for his walks around my apartment ( I expect to live on a nice area, not as Boat Club, but still nice) without being in danger myself or him for stray dogs? Are stray dogs very common all over the area? Oh and is it true that all apartments in India allow pets? Are veterinarians common in Chennai? What about daycare? My pooch is a mix, doesn't weigh more than 8 kgs. (15 lbs approx.)

That is it, I hope I don't get into anyone´s nerves, I am just very anxious and excited about my year in Chennai and to find out the best way to fit in.
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You should spend an evening (or day!) or two reading this section of the forum and this one. Then you should go to thread which specialises in doggie info. I'm not sure how possible that is these days, but the doggie thread will have the current answers.

You'll pick up hints, at least, on what you might be comfortable wearing, and what might, in some circumstances, be expected of you. To be honest, I have no clue what young employees in software consultancies wear these days --- but you won't have to wear a sari. Nor will you have to wear a sari on the street. Or anywhere. But you could if you want to!

I'd say that jeans+T-shirt is fairly acceptable, particularly in more fashionable areas. It's all a bit vague, as we are not sure of your work place, and even you don't know where you will live. It is quite probable that there will be a park where lots of other people will be exercising. Yes, you should be perfectly safe.
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Originally Posted by jalomm View Post Hi! I am new to India Mike and I have already posted a previous question about rent, thing is that I am moving very soon to Chennai and I have so many questions and excitement in my head I am about explode, I would really appreciate all the help I can get from you guys!

So the main thing on my head is that I am traveling alone, I am on my 20s and come from the western side of the globe. Even though I consider myself adventurous and very impulsive, I also know better, so I would like to ask you girls (or guys with girl friends who travelled alone or some girl they know on my situation) some specific doubts that are driving me nuts!

-The casual dressing code.. I am wondering, can I wear jeans, shorts, decent length skirts and dresses I bring form home? Can I dress jut how I do it here? I mean, I tend to wear t shirts with band names on them.. or should I wear the traditional colorful sari? I love the style believe me, but I also happen to love my current clothes. I really want to fit in Chennai´s etiquette, if you have like an everyday style link I can check I would truly appreciate it.

-About me walking around Chennai alone, Is it safe to go running to a park in the morning/dawn or such?

-About my dog. As soon as I get established I will ask to get my dog from home, Do you think I can take him for his walks around my apartment ( I expect to live on a nice area, not as Boat Club, but still nice) without being in danger myself or him for stray dogs? Are stray dogs very common all over the area? Oh and is it true that all apartments in India allow pets? Are veterinarians common in Chennai? What about daycare? My pooch is a mix, doesn't weigh more than 8 kgs. (15 lbs approx.)

That is it, I hope I don't get into anyone´s nerves, I am just very anxious and excited about my year in Chennai and to find out the best way to fit in.
Sounds like you are up for the adventure! Just curious...have you been to India before?

As far as dress...jeans are fine but I think you'll find them very hot and uncomfortable. I'd skip the shorts and skimpy dresses though. Cottons are good - carpis, t-shirts are fine, even decent length skirts and dresses. Skip the sari! Nice to wear for a special occasion but for every day you'd probably want something more along the lines of salwar kameez. You can buy all you need inexpensively at markets.

As far as your dog....you can hire a dog walker - inexpensively - that will have more practice as to handling strays! Strays are very common. Things have gotten better for pet dogs in India - you'll find vets, proper pet food and accessories, boarding, etc. Have not come across any doggie day cares, though. By the way, it is not true that all apartments allow dogs so make your requirements very clear to the broker/landlord (and get it in writing). All that being said, I'd make sure that bringing your dog is the best thing for YOUR DOG. It's not an easy adjustment.
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Jalomm –

Click on Pani Puri's avatar picture to get a glimpse of her curriculum vitae and you'll she you've lucked into someone particualry approrpriate for your questions. And Nick–H is the Old Man if the Forum. You're in good hands.

And a belated welcome to IndiaMIke.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post You should spend an evening (or day!) or two reading this section of the forum and this one. Then you should go to thread which specialises in doggie info. I'm not sure how possible that is these days, but the doggie thread will have the current answers.

You'll pick up hints, at least, on what you might be comfortable wearing, and what might, in some circumstances, be expected of you. To be honest, I have no clue what young employees in software consultancies wear these days --- but you won't have to wear a sari. Nor will you have to wear a sari on the street. Or anywhere. But you could if you want to!

I'd say that jeans+T-shirt is fairly acceptable, particularly in more fashionable areas. It's all a bit vague, as we are not sure of your work place, and even you don't know where you will live. It is quite probable that there will be a park where lots of other people will be exercising. Yes, you should be perfectly safe.
Thank you for the information Nick, I find this community immensely helpful on my research before moving, I am reading all I can, very useful articles and answers

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Originally Posted by Pani Puri View Post Sounds like you are up for the adventure! Just curious...have you been to India before?

As far as dress...jeans are fine but I think you'll find them very hot and uncomfortable. I'd skip the shorts and skimpy dresses though. Cottons are good - carpis, t-shirts are fine, even decent length skirts and dresses. Skip the sari! Nice to wear for a special occasion but for every day you'd probably want something more along the lines of salwar kameez. You can buy all you need inexpensively at markets.

As far as your dog....you can hire a dog walker - inexpensively - that will have more practice as to handling strays! Strays are very common. Things have gotten better for pet dogs in India - you'll find vets, proper pet food and accessories, boarding, etc. Have not come across any doggie day cares, though. By the way, it is not true that all apartments allow dogs so make your requirements very clear to the broker/landlord (and get it in writing). All that being said, I'd make sure that bringing your dog is the best thing for YOUR DOG. It's not an easy adjustment.
Thank you for taking the time to answer me Pani Puri, yes this is my first time in India, and the first time I leave home for more than four months in a row!
I have a much better idea of Chennai´s lifestyle now, thanks to your kind answers. And my pooch.. yes, it is going to be a huge change, and I want him to feel happy about it, like you say, it has to be the best for him.

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Originally Posted by hfot2 View Post Jalomm –

Click on Pani Puri's avatar picture to get a glimpse of her curriculum vitae and you'll she you've lucked into someone particualry approrpriate for your questions. And Nick–H is the Old Man if the Forum. You're in good hands.

And a belated welcome to IndiaMIke.
Thank you!! Yes I can totally perceive knowledge and experience within the answers of the people who are kindly sharing information with me
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Nick-H izz da man. He is approaching 100,000 posts, but seems to be slowing down lately and is laggardly towards the target. (Must have serious distractions on audiophile forums). As a Brit moved and settled in Chennai he is eminently qualified to be the perfect guide to settling down in Chennai as an ex foreigner, as long as it is not too chilly, temperature-wise. Pani Puri izz da gal, so you are in safe hands, as hfot2 says.
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post Nick-H izz da man. He is approaching 100,000 posts, but seems to be slowing down lately and is laggardly towards the target. (Must have serious distractions on audiophile forums). As a Brit moved and settled in Chennai he is eminently qualified to be the perfect guide to settling down in Chennai as an ex foreigner, as long as it is not too chilly, temperature-wise. Pani Puri izz da gal, so you are in safe hands, as hfot2 says.
Awesome, thanks ViShVa.
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post Nick-H izz da man. He is approaching 100,000 posts, but seems to be slowing down lately and is laggardly towards the target. (Must have serious distractions on audiophile forums). As a Brit moved and settled in Chennai he is eminently qualified to be the perfect guide to settling down in Chennai as an ex foreigner, as long as it is not too chilly, temperature-wise. Pani Puri izz da gal, so you are in safe hands, as hfot2 says.
I was, maybe, da man back in 2005, when I first settled down here, and was learning so many new things that I was able to share with others. Now I have been here ten years, and Chennai is very much my home town, my normal, which makes it quite difficult for me to see it through the eyes of a newcomer. I also know nothing, first hand, about working here. Thus, whilst I'll contribute whatever I can, there are much better people than me for advice.

Unless, of course, jalomm wants to go to Carnatic (Southern Indian classical) music concerts. In that case, I might admit to being da man. Or, at least, to being potentially useful
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I was, maybe, da man back in 2005, when I first settled down here, and was learning so many new things that I was able to share with others. Now I have been here ten years, and Chennai is very much my home town, my normal, which makes it quite difficult for me to see it through the eyes of a newcomer. I also know nothing, first hand, about working here. Thus, whilst I'll contribute whatever I can, there are much better people than me for advice.

Unless, of course, jalomm wants to go to Carnatic (Southern Indian classical) music concerts. In that case, I might admit to being da man. Or, at least, to being potentially useful
Haha great, now I know who to ask about Carnatic in the future
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Sure... as long as you don't ask me what raga? .

Probably over a thousand concerts ...and I still don't know!

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