Temporary Move (two months)

#1 May 28th, 2011, 02:17
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My company will be sending me to Chennai for 2-3 months staring in July. They have offered to send my family (wife and 8 year old daughter) as well. With that said...I have the following questions:
- the office is near Guindy National Park...what clean neighborhood would you suggest to look for housing in?
- what are the chances of finding a place for 2 months?
- I'm looking for activities that my wife and/or daughter can participate in that would keep them from going crazy in the house during the week. We want to experience India, it's people and culture while we are here.
- we would need a driver and car as well in order to get to the office and provide an opportunity for my wife and daughter to get out of the house. Any suggestions for where we should start looking?
- finally, if you have example costs, I would appreciate it....give us something to suggest to the company.

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Galanu,

Welcome to Chennai.

Finding a good short term accommodation in Chennai is a problem, I suggest you ask your company to find you a decent accommodation before you move (you have to take a trip first to finalize the accommodation) Checkout my post on housing http://www.indiamike.com/india/chenn...96/#post677204

If you post what your wife and daughter likes then we can suggest some activities based on their interest.

Contact the car rental agencies and ask for a monthly rate http://yellowpages.sulekha.com/chenn...ntals/524.htm#

Post the rates we can let you know if it is high.

Just curious what type of industry are you working in?
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Hello ISN....I've seen your posts throughout these forums.

I am a Director in IT and my the company I work for will be helping with this temporary move. I have the power to make suggestions, so I am looking to the experience of those on this board for help.

I will be in Chennai in 2 weeks, so I will take some time to look around while I am there.

My wife and daughter want to get out and experience the culture, and people. Of course my daughter also loves doing things any 8 year old girl would, like visiting zoos, parks, museums, and opportunities to climb and run.
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I apologize for the mistakes in the previous post...the iPad had trouble with scrolling in the edit box.
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Originally Posted by Galanu View Post Hello ISN....I've seen your posts throughout these forums.

I am a Director in IT and my the company I work for will be helping with this temporary move. I have the power to make suggestions, so I am looking to the experience of those on this board for help.

I will be in Chennai in 2 weeks, so I will take some time to look around while I am there.

My wife and daughter want to get out and experience the culture, and people. Of course my daughter also loves doing things any 8 year old girl would, like visiting zoos, parks, museums, and opportunities to climb and run.
Galanu,

Since you are at the director level you can take advantage of all the perks and make your stay comfortable while in Chennai.

I am posting a couple of places in and around chennai,

DakshinaChitra http://dakshinachitra.net/
Birla Planetarium http://www.chennai-madras.com/travel...lanetarium.htm
Crocodile Bank http://www.madrascrocodilebank.org/cms/
Marina Beach http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_Beach
Elliots Beach http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Elliot's_beach
Theosophical Society Adyar http://www.ts-adyar.org/
Valluvar Kottam http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valluvar_Kottam
Mahabalipuram http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahabalipuram
San Thome Basilica http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santhome_Church

Weekend Trips
Meenakshi Amman Temple http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madurai...eswarar_temple
Thanjavur Temple http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanjavur

There are lot of shopping malls http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...lls_in_Chennai

zoo's in Chennai are pathetic so you can skip that and checkout other places. Let us know if you want information on any specific activity.

Last but not the least attend the local IM Chennai meetup http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...meetups-t8724/
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This is great information...I will pass it on to my wife. My wife and daughter speak English/French/Spanish and we've read about some historical French sites just south of Chennai that might be interesting as well.

Also...are there any "quick" Tamil language courses that we might be able to take?

Thank you,
Galanu
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The place is called Puducherry http://tourism.pondicherry.gov.in/ I have not visited that place but many uses in IM have so they might be able to provide you with some information.

You can pickup a English to Tamil dictionary (they have the tamil word spelled out in English) from one of the local book stores Higginbotham's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higginbotham's in chennai is a famous place for books, when you are there get a copy of hindu metro plus restaurant review guide.
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Hey ISN, thanks for all the useful links! Very helpful as I will be moving there soon too and have a young son.

Galanu - have U been there for a visit already before moving? We were just there 2 weeks ago to look for a house and we are moving in August.

As for a driver and car service, since U are there for only 2 months, U may want to use a car service. (Meaning driver, car and petrol included for 8 hours a day) This costs around 2500 Rs per day (Roughly 40 Euros per day).

As for rentals, it may be a bit hard for U to find two month rentals as most of the landlords ask for a 10 month deposit (yes crazy I know!!)
However, as this is the time when most expats move out and new ones move in by end of summer (before the school terms starts in September) there may be a gap period and some landlords may consider a two month rent.

Maybe a serviced apartment is your best bet. (I found out that Somerset Residences open on July 3rd - it's brand new - bcos we were looking for serviced apartments to stay in before our furniture arrives)

We found a really helpful housing agent...PM me if U want her contact.

Also if U are considering living in the city as opposed to the ECR (East Coast Road) area....our experience during our recent house search was that most apartments and houses are built VERY close to each other in the city, even in the nice neighbourhoods like Alwarpet, Besant Nagar - so U very often get a vis-a-vis situation- neighbours can easily look into your home and vice versa.

Rental rates - in the city (for example Alwarpet) a nice 3 bedroom goes for 80,000 - 100,000 Rs upwards per month.

BTW travelling distance by car from the city to Guindy can take anywhere from 20mins to 40mins (rush hour). Traffic is really bad and disorganised. (And I used to live in Istanbul but Chennai traffic is something else!)
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I am a landlord myself I rented my property in bangalore, see we don't get to rent out property to westerners who will take good care of the property, most of the locals will use the property the core, break things don't pay for them when they vacate, and yeah vacating some of the locals can be tough at times, that is the why the 10 month advance. You will never understand until you buy a property and try to put this on rental in india, remember there is no credit system in india, like the west where people are scared to loose their credit points.
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Thank you for the additional information Blush and ISN....

I was in India a couple of months ago, and will be there again for a week starting July 12th. My wife and I are used to "local" life as we spent 2 years in El Salvador. Our feeling is that there is no sense living in India for 2 months if it feels like we are still in Canada. My primary concern is the safety of my family...for the rest we are willing to stretch ourselves a bit in order to experience the country. I will see more when I'm in India next.

Iluvblr...I understand the need for the property owners in India to protect themselves from foreigners that are not respectful of their host country and its people. I've been an expat in Germany and El Salvador, and both had similar (though a lot shorter) protection in place.
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I am sure you will find that it is perfectly safe for yourself and your family here.

For a two-month stay, I don't see the point in setting up home. You would be better off, as mentioned, in a serviced apartment.
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Originally Posted by Galanu View Post Thank you for the additional information Blush and ISN....

I was in India a couple of months ago, and will be there again for a week starting July 12th. My wife and I are used to "local" life as we spent 2 years in El Salvador. Our feeling is that there is no sense living in India for 2 months if it feels like we are still in Canada. My primary concern is the safety of my family...for the rest we are willing to stretch ourselves a bit in order to experience the country. I will see more when I'm in India next.

Iluvblr...I understand the need for the property owners in India to protect themselves from foreigners that are not respectful of their host country and its people. I've been an expat in Germany and El Salvador, and both had similar (though a lot shorter) protection in place.
If you survived El Salvador, you will be fine in in India There are some ground rules that you should follow when in India always drink bottled water and stick to the international brand.
Galanu, which part of Germany did you live in, I took up a job in Duisburg for a couple of months really enjoyed the experience working in Germany.Galanu, do you have Instant Message privileges in IM? would like to get in touch with you.
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ISN, Where are you these days?

Did you go back to USA? Did you set up a home in Chennai? What happened? It would be good to hear
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post ISN, Where are you these days?

Did you go back to USA? Did you set up a home in Chennai? What happened? It would be good to hear
Hi Nick,

I am back in USA, was working on a job offer from NHS (UK health system) the assignment was in Chennai but it did not workout due to budget cuts in NHS so temporally back in USA
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That's a shame. Looking forward to seeing you back here.

Galanu, apologies for the aside

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