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First Edition, March 2011
Pages: 328

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ISBN: 9781598807394

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Moon Living Abroad in India

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.

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.

Margot Bigg

During a three-month trip across India in 2005, Margot Bigg became mesmerized by the sheer diversity of the world’s largest democracy, and decided to make it her home. A year later, she was living in Gurgaon, near Delhi, where she worked for a consultancy before joining the staff of Time Out Delhi and turning to journalism full time. She has since written for publications in India and abroad, including Rolling Stone, Outlook Traveller, The Caravan, Courrier International, and The Oregonian.

Margot’s interest in other cultures started from an early age: Her best friends as a toddler were from Japan, Iran, and Jordan, and her baby talk was mixed with Japanese, Farsi, and Arabic (all of which she has since forgotten). She’s a dual national of the US and the UK, and spent her formative years living in Portland, Oregon, and Farnham, Surrey, in England. She also lived in Paris for three years before moving to India. Margot holds a master’s degree in contemporary European studies from the University of Bath and Sciences Po Paris.

When not busy writing, Margot spends her time traveling, practicing yoga, exploring new music, and trying to improve her Hindi language skills.