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Living in India Guide

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Expats in India advise finding an apartment building or home with a backup generator, hiring a driver and adapting to Indian food.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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Comments

guest
Sep 17, 2012 20:40

India must find the ideal of ancient India, daamrhre2jya, country where reign the principles of right and of justice.For it, it is necessary to establish a true social justice, so that the farmers and all small jobs are just remunerated and so that these people aren't any more encouraged to the suicide by despair not to can any more feed their family.A nation can be compared with a building: if the base (the small jobs) isn't solid, it is all building which will collapse.A social justice will bring a stability and an internal peace in the country, depriving terrorist movements and religious invaders of their best arguments.Richard. (belgium)

guest
Jul 22, 2013 14:19

Hello to all of you with comments about India. I would like to ask a very personal question that would be beneficial to me. I am a Professional Nurse Educator and planning a trip to India. I am an African American...one of those who is considered a world traveler. I will be volunteering to guest lecture some nursing students at a very large and well to do medical school in southern India. Do any of you have any idea as how I may be seen in the eyes of the Indians. I have worked with many Indian nurses, but they were probably born in USA and not there...so their values and views may be quite different. If you have some comments please share...I am obviously not a person who looks at color when I travel or otherwise. In this profession as a nurse...I have not had a choice as to who I take care of and only my race. thanks for any feedback

radar
Jul 7, 2016 22:42

Vacation in India for a few months before living in India. I have many expat friends who either liked living in India or found out that it was a nightmare. Some of them were NRI's who moved back to India after many decades due to nostalgia and found out that reality trumps fantasy. Good about India - People are friendly, inquisitive and mostly simple. Cost of living is cheaper in outskirts of Cities. If you are young & a travel buff, than living in India is a great adventure. Major cities are westernized & English is the language of choice. Bad - Basic necessities like electricity & water are unreliable. Hygiene and poverty are on full display. Expect corruption when dealing with the law & administrative services. Lately, India has become dangerous for single women. Purchasing property can be risky, especially if it is not properly zoned even though the paperwork shows no irregularities.

guest
Oct 8, 2017 17:00

I brought my cat back to the US with no problems at all. Going there was a lot of paperwork which was NEVER CHECKED when I got there. Welcome to Indian bureaucracy at its finest. :)

aakashkhosla
Mar 6, 2018 08:15

A really good article, I must say. Coming to the point of finding home, I think if you really look at the right places, I mean good websites there are less chances of being surprised then. Especially in big cities it is good to use some trusted website which has good number of ads for home. There you can see if the house is full furnished or not. There are many home search website including https://homes.askalo.in/ On this website you can find home for rent or sale. I hope you have a good time in India :)

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India GuideIndia Guide
Learn what members have to say about living in India.

India Forum India Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in India on our India forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

India Index India Index
An index of all of our site's India information.

Contribute to India Network Contribute
Help others in India by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in India.

Expat Healthcare Advice in IndiaHealthcare & Health Insurance in India

Expats in India offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in India.

Expat Talk about Healthcare Advice in IndiaMembers Talk about Healthcare & Health Insurance in India

Expats in India offer advice about healthcare in India.

Real Estate in IndiaReal Estate in India

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in India.

Guide to Real Estate in IndiaGuide to Real Estate in India

Advice for people renting and buying real estate in India.

Pros Cons of Living in IndiaPros & Cons of Living in India

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what digital nomads & expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in India.

Cost of Living in IndiaCost of Living in India

Digital Nomads & Expats offer insight into the cost of living in India.

Moving-to-IndiaMoving to India

Moving to India? We've compiled a laundry list of advice from expats.living in India about what to bring, apartments, expat life and more. It's must-read guide for anyone researching how to move to India.

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