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Moving to India

You’ll probably find yourself in a completely unfamiliar environment when you move to India, particularly if you’re heading to one of the big cities like Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore.

The cultural differences can be overwhelming at first, but there are huge rewards if you give yourself time to get used to your new way of life. After the initial shock wears off and you come to terms with the heat, the monsoon rains, the crowds and the poverty, you can immerse yourself in the magic of India’s ancient heritage – and explore the natural beauty of its jungles, rain-forests and the majestic Himalayas.


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India Holidays


2015 Holidays


1 Jan
New Year's Day
3 Jan Birth of the Prophet
26 Jan Republic Day
3 Apr Good Friday
4 May Buddha Purnima (Birth of the Buddha)
18 Jul Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan)
15 Aug Independence Day
25 Sep Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
2 Oct Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday
22 Oct Dussehra
24 Oct Day of Ashurah (Muharram)
11 Nov Diwali (Hindu Festival of Light)
25 Nov Guru Nanak's Birthday
24 Dec Birth of the Prophet
25 Dec Christmas Day

2016 Holidays


1 Jan
New Year's Day
NA Birth of the Prophet
26 Jan Republic Day
25 Mar Good Friday
21 May Buddha Purnima (Birth of the Buddha)
7 Jul Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan)
15 Aug Independence Day
11 Sep Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
2 Oct Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday
11 Oct Dussehra
12 Oct Day of Ashurah (Muharram)
30 Oct Diwali (Hindu Festival of Light)
14 Nov Guru Nanak's Birthday
12 Dec Birth of the Prophet
25 Dec Christmas Day

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Customs & Traditions

India is a shock for most Westerners experiencing it for the first time as its enormous population, noise, beggars, litter and visible poverty can be striking. Despite the overwhelming sights, sounds and smells, the chaos eventually becomes embraced.

LEARN THE LANGUAGE - Take the initiative and learn the local language. Doing so will help you gain respect among the locals.

Social Customs:

  • Smoking in public places
  • Women should dress conservatively
  • Remove footwear when entering temples, shrines or holy places
  • Driving is not for the faint of heart
  • Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped, but tip waiters & hotel staff
  • No topless bathing
  • Respect your elders!


Living in India


Because most rental properties in Singapore are unfurnished, you may decide to ship some goods from home. Whether you send a shipment by air, sea or land, it’s worth getting adequate insurance.

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You can import household goods and personal belongings duty free if you’ve owned them for at least six months. You’ll need to provide a copy of your passport, along with your Turkish residence permit and an inventory – and your shipment must arrive no later than six months after you.
Small shipments can be sent by air, but it’s cheaper to ship a large volume of goods by sea. If you’re moving from the UK or somewhere in mainland Europe, transporting goods by road could be the cheapest option.
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When moving to another country, its very common to overlook many of the little things, for instance power plugs. Its very likely that you will encounter a different design to the plugs, and its very likely that the voltage may differ from that which is used in the USA. A simple and often used solution is an adapter that serves as a conduit between the appliance plug and the wall. In addition, you may consider using a power strip that conditions the electricity. 

Must haves: 

  • Power adapters
  • Back-up power unit
  • Uniterruptible Power System

A back-up power unit and/or a UPS will be a life saver, particularly if power is unstable, as it often is during storms and bad weather.

Consider an APC solution. They are tried and trued.  

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