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Old 12-09-2012, 08:11 AM
 
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Well my parents are from india and when we went back this summer someone asked my mom doesnt like everyone in America have a iphone.
You could probabaly cut it around in India but it is a growing superpower and it does have crime and beggers(more like begging addicts) so be careful
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:12 AM
 
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From my point of view I think to moving New Delhi is best destination.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:42 AM
 
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Mumbai should be avoided as it is extremely congested city as well as very expensive as far as Real Estate and rentals are considered. But other cities such as New Delhi (with suburbs like Gurgaon, Noida), Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, calcutta can be considered and in all those places, an American can easily live with 1000 USD monthly including rent, food, transportation.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:01 AM
 
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I kind of disagree. Have you managed to sustain a middle class lifestyle in USD 1,500 in any of the metros in India? I would be really shocked if you said yes.

USD 1,500 is good, if you're not paying rent. Rentals in Mumbai (I speak for Mumbai since i live here currently) could be about USD 2000 per month, if you wish to live in good areas (Lower Parel, Worli, Santacruz, Prabhadevi) that are close to the CBD.

Most of the expats in Mumbai live in the South, or in an area called Bandra which is a little to the North; but rentals in these areas here are really sky rocketing.

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This is in agreement with my understanding of current conditions. The COL has soared for what we might consider a typical American life style. It never was "cheap" because it's way beyond a typical Indian life style, and you pay a premium for non standard things. I remember my quest for worcestershire sauce in Katmandu some years ago. I found it, but it wasn't cheap. Nepalis, of course, don't use it.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:16 PM
 
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Not been to India, but just came back from Sri Lanka. Food wasn't as cheap as I expected, but i can imagine how that lifestyle in India might almost be comparable in price to actually living in the States.
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:11 AM
 
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This is in agreement with my understanding of current conditions. The COL has soared for what we might consider a typical American life style. It never was "cheap" because it's way beyond a typical Indian life style, and you pay a premium for non standard things. I remember my quest for worcestershire sauce in Katmandu some years ago. I found it, but it wasn't cheap. Nepalis, of course, don't use it.
Same way, for an Indian living in USA, a packet of Garam Masala, Indian Pickle or a sack of Indian Rice is 20 times more expensive then what they pay there in India as Americans dont use it.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:11 AM
 
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Same way, for an Indian living in USA, a packet of Garam Masala, Indian Pickle or a sack of Indian Rice is 20 times more expensive then what they pay there in India as Americans dont use it.
I know this is off topic, but could not help commenting.
A 10 lb bag of Indian basmati rice would be $13 in USA. Hence, price= $1.3 per lb, or $2.88 per kg
Assuming a purchasing power parity of $1= Rs. 20, that comes to Rs. 57.78 per kg

A lot cheaper than in India, where the cheapest basmati rice costs in excess of Rs. 100/ kg (prices checked in November, 2012)
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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I would feel bad for any American living in India lol
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:08 AM
 
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I know this is off topic, but could not help commenting.
A 10 lb bag of Indian basmati rice would be $13 in USA. Hence, price= $1.3 per lb, or $2.88 per kg
Assuming a purchasing power parity of $1= Rs. 20, that comes to Rs. 57.78 per kg

A lot cheaper than in India, where the cheapest basmati rice costs in excess of Rs. 100/ kg (prices checked in November, 2012)
Actually $1 = Rs. 55, so $2.88 per kg = Rs. 158 per kg
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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I know this is off topic, but could not help commenting.
A 10 lb bag of Indian basmati rice would be $13 in USA. Hence, price= $1.3 per lb, or $2.88 per kg
Assuming a purchasing power parity of $1= Rs. 20, that comes to Rs. 57.78 per kg

A lot cheaper than in India, where the cheapest basmati rice costs in excess of Rs. 100/ kg (prices checked in November, 2012)
What you are saying is an utter lie. Basmati rice in normal shops in India cost 40 rupees per kilo. Some expensive shops which do home delivery and those who sell at premium prices in expensive cities like Bombay will sell you for 50 rupees per kilo. That is still less then 1 dollar.
Loose Daily Basmati Rice 5 Kg

also get someone who can read hindi and look at prices of different grocery items from newspaper.
Rajasthan Patrika Kota, 18-12-2012 :readwhere

If someone paid 100 rupees for 1 kilo of basmati rice-he should get his mind checked. Big Big Lie!!!!!!!

Why are you using PPP for item bought in USA? 2.88 dollar means 150 rupees-that makes Basmati rice in india 3 times cheaper.

Next how do you presume that I eat Basmati rice. I eat Sona Masoori Rice. Now Sona Masoori Rice in USA is 40 Dollars for 20 lb bag Almost 4 dollars per kilo. That makes it around 220 rupees per Kilo. Last year I bought Sona Masoori Rice in Big Bazaar in India at 21 rupees per kilo. So this proves that Sona Masoori Rice in USA is 10 times more expensive then in India..
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