Moon Living Abroad in India
By Margot Bigg
First Edition, March 2011
India expert Margot Bigg has made the move to India herself, and in Moon Living Abroad in India, she uses her know-how to provide insight and firsthand advice on navigating the language and culture of this complex country. Bigg outlines all the information you need in a smart, organized, and straightforward manner, making planning the move abroad manageable.
Moon Living Abroad in India is packed with essential information and must-have details on setting up daily life, including obtaining visas, arranging finances, gaining employment, choosing schools, and finding health care. With color and black and white photos, illustrations, and maps to help you find your bearings, Moon Living Abroad in India makes the transition process easy for tourists, business people, adventurers, students, teachers, professionals, families, couples, and retirees looking to relocate.
What’s inside Moon Living Abroad in India
Here’s what author Margot Bigg loves about India:
- On an average day, you are likely to cross paths with a variety of fauna, including dogs, monkeys, cows, and sometimes even elephants.
- Dance, music, art, literature — India has it all. India’s traditional arts are complex, ancient, and mesmerizing.
- No matter where you are in India, a different culture, language, and landscape is never more than a few hours’ drive away.
- India’s time zone is abbreviated to IST, or Indian Standard Time; however, IST has become short for “Indian Stretchable Time” because the attitude toward time management is much more flexible than in the West.
- Although supermarkets are increasingly commonplace, you can still buy fresh milk and yogurt from the neighborhood dairy stands and fresh fruits and vegetables from the roaming produce carts.
- People are quick to welcome you into their homes, feed you, and make sure that you are safe and happy in their country.
- With summer comes India’s mango season, where you can sample dozens of varieties of the country’s favorite fruit.
- Masala chai, a concoction of tea, spices, milk, and a lot of sugar, is comforting, delicious, and available on every street corner.
- When it rains, water is collected in large cisterns to be used later. This widespread practice is not only cost-effective, it’s ecofriendly.
- The traditional dress of women across India, the sari is beautiful, elegant, and figure-flattering.
- There’s a wallah, or tradesperson, for everything. From having a sign hand-painted to blowing up balloons, you’re pretty much guaranteed there is someone who specializes in the service in question.
Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Living Abroad in India.