Russian family is moving to Chennai

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We are moving to Chennai due to my husbands' job with our 3 kids of 10 months, 7 and 10 years old. Deciding between German and American school. Where is best to live with kids in Chennai? Which is better to rent: an appartment or a house? Where it is possible to go for a walk with toddlers? Does anyone know good pediatritian? Sorry for so many questions but I am a little scared Please help!
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Do you know in which part of Chennai your husband would be working? It will be better to stay near office to save on travel time. Generally speaking renting apartments will be less costly and less maintenance would be needed compared to houses. You will get good doctors every part of the town.
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It will be better to stay near office to save on travel time.
Let the husband travel! The wife has to be happy with three children, and getting them to school and back will be a bigger travel priority than poor hubby

If the ex-pat employee budget is high, I think most of the international schools are in the Thiruvanmiyur/East-Coast-Road area, as is a lot of very desirable sea-side property.
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Initially I was thinking of telling them to stay near Thiruvanmiyur/East coast area as in addition to good schools, the beach road will be good for the children to walk. If the office is somewhere in Adyar/Mylapore/OMR area then this option would be very good.
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We must wait and see...
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Thank you very much for the information, i find this forum very usefull. My husband will be working close to the center and he would travel as he said that the area where his office is located is not suitable for living with kids. Travel time to the office within an hour is normal for Moscow so we are used to it. With regards to ECR district is there a park with children playground? Is there a place to walk the dog - we have little Scotty dog? Are there supermarkets somewhere? I would love to talk to other women with kids speaking English, so please reply
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My husband will be working close to the center and he would travel as he said that the area where his office is located is not suitable for living with kids.
Can you give us a district name? If it is, litteraly central, ie around the Chennai 001 postcode, Georgetown, Parry's, etc, then he could well be right. If it is somewhat to the South, then "central" becomes intermingled with leafy suburb and some very desirable, and expensive, areas.

Am I right in thinking you have not been here yet? Has your husband? I wonder what you are expecting, and how you will get on with what you find here?

There is a lot written about general life and shopping in other threads in this section. Yes, we have supermarkets, but you might not think them much more than small self-service shops: they certainly do not compare with, say, Tesco or Sainsbury in UK. But you will be able to buy what you need there, and you will find quite a lot available your nearby tiny local shop too. The advantage of the "supermarkets" is they usually have English-speaking staff. When I first came here, about seven years ago, I expected shopping to be difficult, but it turned out to be easy!
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With regards to ECR district is there a park with children playground?
ECR (East Coast Road) is a long, long road that passes through many localitities and, eventually, villages, going way to the South. Chennai has lots of small, local parks. If your husband's bosses are paying enough, you might find yourself with a house and garden anyway. Good for children and dogs!

Please talk to a childcare medical pro before coming here, especially with regards to your littlest one and the dangers of malaria, etc. Please also talk to a vet about your dog. Please make sure that [s]he is inoculated against rabies.

There is an ex-pat women's group that meets regularly. I can't remember what they call themselves Perhaps someone might post it here, or it is mentioned in other threads, or, if all else fails, google might know.
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One ex-pat group is called " InterNations"-- google will find them
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Again Thank you very much. My husbands' office is on Habibulah Road. I haven't been to Chennai yet as I am still breastfeeding the baby. My husband travels regularly - almost every week, but stays all the time in the office or in the hotel. He says its very durty around the office area - sorry, Indian guys, but I guess it's the truth But does it gets better when you go further to the South where the school is located? Our house budget should allow us to get something proper but we are not sure what is better: a house or an appartment in some gated complex (I don't even know if it exists). What is the sickness called Denga? Is it dangerous for kids? - Russian people in the office told my husband about it but they don't have babies so they do not know If there is some woman with babies in the forum to whom I can write I would be happy.
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Habibulah Road. ...He says its very durty around the office area
T Nagar. It is a frantically busy shopping hub, the main place for silks and jewels. Some of the residential areas surrounding it are fine --- but that is fine by Chennai standards and ways. It's no good taking offence at people saying that our city (I'm not Indian, but this is still my home town) is dirty, because it is, and that is a simple matter of fact.

"Denga" is Dengue, and I'm not sure whether to pronounce it dengoo, dengee or just deng. Even though I have had it, Google can probably tell you more than I can, especially now you know its real name. It is one of the mosquito-carried viral diseases. It can be anything from unnoticeable to worse than a bad attack of flu. You can get a horrible rash like someone has stuck a million pins in your skin. There is a potentially fatal complication, and if I suspect it a second time, I'm going to be off to the hospital! Balanced view: it is a tiny proportion of sufferers that might even die of it. OK, that's dengue. Don't let me put you off ...but it is true that you are going to have to consider very carefully the health risks to your infant child.
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Bloody hell , I desperately need to talk to ladies with kids...
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I said, "Don't let me put you off!"

But you need to check out the reality of dengue, and also malaria, which is suspect is more dangerous to an infant. Do you have any access to specialists in tropical medicine near where you live? Doctors may be used to providing travel advice, but with a child under one year old, I do think you should consult an expert.
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I do have a center of tropical medicine close to my home BUT I am afraid to go there. I think they would scare me to death as they usually like to talk about all kinds of risks just in case. When monsoon period finishes? Maybe we postpone our moving over till then as all these deseases are spread during monsoon? And the baby will be 1y.o. in Jan ...
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Really, you should go there. Worst case would be change of plan, and your husband having to accept the reasons, but then I'm sure he has has much value for his little one's health as you do. But if you don't ask... Even if the bottom line is pessimistic at least it is a starting point.

There has not been much monsoon this year, and it is supposed to be over by early December anyway. There may be a spike in certain diseases with the monsoon, because the more water, the more mosquitoes, but that is not to say that they are not around for the rest of the year. Dengue-carrying mosquitoes like clean water, and that means they breed in places like house water tanks. It wasn't monsoon when I got it.

I'd like to try to take your mind off all these health issues, and sideline them --- but as a baby is concerned, I just dare not do that.

But, apart from all that...

How do you feel about the possibility of moving here without seeing the place first? How do your older children feel about it? Can you get a chance to come and look?
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Hi, Nick, I have been to the tropical doctor. He said we would be fine and gave us recommendations how to survive. We are definately going as my husband is already there and we want to join him. So, please, cheer me up, say that what is good about Chennai and recommend some other women to talk to

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