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Moving to Chennai, India

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Moving to Chennai, India

Post Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 8:02 am

Hi, I have been offered a job based in Chennai, India. Would appreciate if anyone could help with any of the following queries:

- My wife and I have 2 young children (6 months and 2 years), is there suitable facilities for children and mothers. ie expat playgroups
- Mosquitoes - how bad are they? should I be worried about taking my kids over there.
- Health and hygiene, and any information on water quality etc

Any information to ease my concerns on the standard of living in Chennai would be great.


Re: Moving to Chennai, India

Post Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 1:47 am

Hi Indi,

Not sure if this is too late but here goes :
In India, do nto drink tap water unless it has been boiled & filtered. Bottle water is easily available. Aquafina(by Pepsi) & Kinley(by Coca cola) are both trustworthy. You can get a water dispenser with 35 litre jars installed in your home for consumption or you can do what most Indians do :install an aqua purifier (aqua guard by Eureka Forbes is one of the most popular)

In Chennai some houses in smaller get water with high salination. When house hunting, check taps for greenish coloured deposits. These would indicate high salt content. There are many areas which get non salinated water, so don't let it scare you off, but do keep your eyes open.

Mosquitoes are a problem in most cities in India. Mosquito repellent can be brought from Asutralia or a good local brand is "Odomos" they have both lotions & gels. Very effective. Don't use those vaporisers, they aren't as good for health.

Homeopathy has a medicine called "China 1M" which is a good preventive for Malaria which you can give your children (after consulting a homeopath doctor for dosage) if you would like to be extra cautious. Homeopathy tablets are like sugar granulaes so they are not a problem to administer to little ones at all.

Hope this helps.



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Re: Moving to Chennai, India

Post Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:58 pm

I don't think it should be any issue.

1. About water yes you get bottled water. But also you can buy "Aquagurad" that can purify tap water.

2. Mosquitos should not affect unless and until people stay in slums. but to be on safer side you can use mosquito repellants like "Good Knight".


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