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#1 Oct 15th, 2007, 18:11
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Hello everybody, I have a quick question.

Living only on native resources with no imported food/other, how much would it cost per day for food and water with two meals a day?

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If you cook your own, then Rs.50 a day !!
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Rs. 100/- Per day at least for nutritious and hygienic food.
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Rs.100/- is enough in Kolkata for food.If you intake municipal water then there will be no cost.If you use water purifier (e.g. Zeoline 250) in the tap water it will cost Rs.25/- more for a small bottle which can be used for a month or more.But consumption of bottled water will cost more.How many bottles you will consume per day? if you purchase 20 ltr. bottle it will cost less.1 ltr. bottle will cost more.So,there are lot of ifs and buts.
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Calcutta is the cheapest metro city in India.
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Thank you for the information, very helpful. I was thinking of budgetting 200 Rs a day for food and water so to hear 100 aprox. is very welcoming indeed. Are there many market places in Kolkata and is it possible to buy live chickens there, as I assume it will be cheaper to buy them live and kill them myself than buying from a shop. If you can then how much would one cost approximately. I also assume that meat was not included in the daily costs you are talking about, or am I wrong again?

Tasuray, the water purifier - is it a tablet that you put in water?? How does a small bottle last for a month, I apologise for being uninformed!!

I would definately buy water in bulk if I could, so how much could I expect to pay for, say 50 litres??

Thanks again, I really apprieciate the help, everything I am researching is new to me, India is so huge and I have no idea where to start, but Kolkata sounds good to me, also, my great grandmother was born there so maybe I could be the first to return 'home' from my family

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Going by your post history, are you thinking of moving to Mumbai or Kolkata, and what's your connection with both or either?

And what's this thing about chickens?
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Zeoline 250 is a liquid, you need to add a few drops to purify a bottle of water.
Live chickens are stocked by the meat shops in all markets. They are sold by weight. The shop keeper will dress it for you at no extra cost so you won't have to do it yourself. This is the practice. A medium chicken would cost you about Rs.80
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Well, I have absolutly no connection with Mumbai, I am literally just researching options at the moment, but I think it is safe to say that it would be a near impossibility for me to live in Mumbai, it will be beyond my budget.
As I said in my last post, my G.Grandmother was born in Kolkata but that is a rather loose connection.
Basically, I don't have much of a connection with any part of India except for the one time I have been on holiday. But I don't really understand why I need a 'connection' - I just like travelling around and India will be my next stop, if i can find the right place, although Kolkata sounds good, but I am looking at ALL options, anywhere in India. Do you have any suggestions for other places.
I will pay up to 4000Rs per month for a two bedroom flat, and I have a budget of 200rs per day for food and water, plus a little more set aside for utilities. Any ideas??

The chicken thing is simple - live chiken costs less than dead chicken as nothing has been done to it yet. Therefore all I want to know is - is it possible to buy live chickens from the markets or elsewhere. And is the answer is yes then how much will a plump one be??

Thank you for your help.

Yannick.

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Thank you jyotirmoy, that is very helpful information.
Now I understand how a bottle can last for a month, thanks,

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You can go for the 20 Litre bottle of water...in Delhi they cost about Rs.30-60 depending on various factors...

You can average out the water you consume and cork out the cost..!!
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Originally Posted by Yannick View Post I don't really understand why I need a 'connection' - I just like travelling around and India will be my next stop, if i can find the right place, although Kolkata sounds good, but I am looking at ALL options, anywhere in India. Do you have any suggestions for other places.
I will pay up to 4000Rs per month for a two bedroom flat, and I have a budget of 200rs per day for food and water, plus a little more set aside for utilities. Any ideas??
Nope, I have no suggestions, I was mostly trying to help you to help others to help you. Relocating (short- or long-term) isn't peanuts, the more details you can fill in the better. As for costs, who's to say. I got by as a traveler on 200 Rs. a day all included a decade ago; fellow travelers called me crazy, but I had no complaints. I reckon living somewhere will bring down daily costs, minimal as they were, then again you'll have to deal with rent and utilities and stuff.

Again, the better you can fill in your circumstances and wishes, the easier for others to advice. I wouldn't want to make any prognoses on what you will spend, and I by no means would want to suggest the above would be adequate for you today. I'm sorry if I have to say I'm not automatically impressed by someone who doesn't seem to know where he wants to go but intends to subsist on live chickens all the same. Nothing against you, believe me, but we get a lot of would-be relocators here, where my main worry is without the internet they'd probably never have progressed beyond the stage of daydreaming, which is probably where they ought to remain. If you're the exception, good for you, I'm not saying you can't make it come true. Although your lack of detailedness or general planning doesn't render me optimistic, it's the honest truth. If someone were to plan to move to my hometown on this basis I'd suggest they seriously reconsider and/or do some more visiting or studying the place first.

("I got this thing about chickens" incidentally is a running gag in a favorite movie of mine called Angel Heart, but never mind.)
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Rs 4000/month for a 2-bedroom flat? Have you found such a prize?
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I have no idea about the going rate of rents in Kolkata, may be some local resident will pitch in. I feel that a small twin room accomodation in some areas of Kolkata may be had for 4000 - 5000 Rs a month but not certinly a two bedroom flat.
Will the OP please tell us what exactly is his purpose? Is it just travel or relocation?
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Rs 4000 will not get you a independant 2 bedroom flat in any decent area in kolkata or any metro city.

A "connection" is important in the sense you may have to explain to your land-lord what is the purpose of your visit -

1.just travelling(very unusual if u want to stay in just 1 city for few months..... he may not want to rent if he knows you will be off travelling to other places and the house will remain empty for weeks at a time )
2.studying (acceptable)
3. searching for roots (acceptable)
etc etc.....

you donot seem to have much idea about general life in India ...

please read up a bit more about life in India in general rather than asking questions about specific cities. these days costs/facilities across metroes donot vary that much.

By the way.... as Jyoti da said.... live and dead chickens costs the same in an Indian market. Anyway.... no appartment owner(landlord) is going to allow you to kill chickens within his premises.

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