Working and living in Chennai India

#1 Aug 9th, 2012, 18:26
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Dear all,

My family and I might have the opportunity of working and living in Chennai for two-years. However, having never visited Chennai I would like to find out more about the place, culture, people, schools etc. Would you be able to help please?

My main concern is around my five year old daughter and how she would fit in and socialize etc. Can anyone tell me what Chennai is like from that respect please? We have already heard horror stories about the water, and that there isn't anywhere to play and socialize apart from the hotels; is this true please? In addition, could anyone tell me what things I should be asking for when negotiating a package for myself and my family from my new employer who would be a Bank?

Many thanks and namaste in advance,

Glenn
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We have already heard horror stories about the water...
It's fine! Just not fine enough to drink
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My main concern is around my five year old daughter and how she would fit in and socialize etc. Can anyone tell me what Chennai is like from that respect please?
No, because I don't have any children, but I think that the social life in any city depends a lot on how you approach it. If you live in a house in a quiet street, your daughter will probably be meeting her neighbours --- and maybe teaching you Tamil after a few months! If, on the other hand, you lock yourself away, and only eat out in five-star hotels...

Well, I've always been a but of a hermit anyway, but still, I'd hate to live one of those shut-away lifestyles.

Having a child may be advantageous: at least your wife should get to meet some other mums.
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Hi Nick,

Thanks for your response. Do you know any ex-pats who do have children that could help my wife and I to get a better feel/understanding for Chennai please?

Regards,

Glenn
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No, sorry, I don't.
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Hi Nick,

Do you know of any good websites etc where we could look?

Cheers,

Glenn
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Only this one!

Maybe its because I don't look much at stuff about the other cities, but it seems to me that Chennai gets a lot of coverage here, not only for ex-pats, but also for Indians from other cities. It is well discussed --- warts and all!

There is, possibly, only one better place for getting the feel of the city, and that is Chennai itself. Please do a fact-finding trip before thinking seriously about moving yourself and the family here. It has become my home town; I'm rather fond of it --- but I could understand if you got off the plane and wondered what the hell you'd let yourselves in for!
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Hi Glenn,
I'm glad you enquired about your kid's socialization before talking about mosquitoes and water of course. Well I don't think that should be a problem... At least not here. Now as Nick said, the locality you choose for living plays a vital role. I'd recommend a good serviced apartment or say they have lot of new ones opening up with playground, gym, security, swimming pools and all. That gives you a secured location and interaction with few rich neighbours. That should solve the language issue as the rich Indian chew on English well..... Nowadays even kids grow up calling their Appa a dad.
The water, I don't know everyone complains, isn't that bad. You got these mineral water can and all... A slight salty or insipid tap water doesn't harm a bath though.
Another important fact is its better you are of your own, if you gonna move in for a longer stay. Expats are definately comfy, but moving around with them might be difficult initailly. I'd reccomend to seetle down, maybe work out some meetups, know your expat, familiarize and then possibly think of a combo... Either way, in a long run you have to work out of your own in a long run.
the kid might have hard time initially interacting with other kids who doesn't speak much of Queen's English, however with plenty of playgound and time around, he might be well amused with their neighbour kids. Indian kids are shy and over reactive at the same time. I don't know how, but they really are
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By the way Namaste!!! Or you better start saying it "vanakkam". They don't speak much of Hindi here

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