R2I – Tips for an R2I move

In my previous post, I made a list of things that you can take and some that you don’t need to take with you if you are winding down and returning to India for good. On the same lines, here’s another post with some pointers for your move back home. Some of which maybe useful to you.

  1. Do you have kids? Would you be carrying back diapers for them? If so, use all the diapers that you will be taking back for future use as fillers in packing. They keep everything in place and provide good support! :) That’s what we did, and everything came back in perfect shape, almost exactly like how we had packed it back home.
  2. I had already mentioned the shipping service that we used here. They are called WorldWide Ocean and Air Shipping Lines Inc. We didn’t have any issues either in the US or in Bangalore. When the boxes arrived in Bangalore, they called hub. He went to the warehouse where custom officials checked the boxes. All this was very easy and there were no problems whatsoever. I have also heard from others that all shipping companies do a good job and typically make it all very easy for the customers.
  3. It took exactly 2 months for the boxes to arrive in Bangalore. So, definitely pack the stuff you need for the first 2 months in your suitcases.
  4. Do see if you can ship your stuff a little ahead of your flying out. The reason is, if the boxes are shipped out, then you can focus on your suitcases. Will contain the chaos. :) We shipped almost 2 weeks ahead of flying out.
  5. I took care of most of the selling and giving away of the stuff in our Calif home. I used ‘Craigslist‘ tremendously for selling things. You almost get buyers for everything.
  6. I was also a member in the local ‘Freecycle‘. So anything that I wasn’t selling and that my friends also didn’t need or want, I gave it away to people in the Freecycle mailing list. Very useful!
  7. Another helpful tip: We sold both our cars on Sulekha. Initially, we tried selling them on Craigslist, but that didn’t work. Dealers list their cars for selling on Craigslist. This clogs the listings on Craigs Autos a lot. However, on Sulekha it was very easy to find Indian buyers who were honest and who made it easy for us. Typically, they also let you keep your car till the last day and arrage for picking it up only when you are completely done! Awesome, eh?
  8. It will get pretty hectic over the last few weeks; especially the last couple of days. However, do make time to visit your friends and relatives for a goodbye. I think we enjoyed that the best. :)

Anything else? Do let me know.

18 Responses to “R2I – Tips for an R2I move”

  1. Hi Chitra,

    We plan to R2I in a few months and the tips that you have given will be very useful indeed.

    Thanks for taking the time to write about them.


  2. Rajesh, welcome to my blog. I am glad the tips are helpful.

  3. Chitra, I just stumbled upon your blog today (while doing a Google search on NAFL) and love it! We’ll be returning to bangalore (me, after 21 years) in May. Of course, I have visited India a dozen times in that period, but moving is a different thing, as you know. BTW, do you know of any support group or association of R2Indians or R2Bangaloreans in Bangalore? My key question right now is a school for my 13 year old son who will be moving to the 9th grade next. I’m not interested in the sort of convent schools I attended (Bishop Cotton’s in my case). I’d like something that is Indian but modern and enlightened at the same time, but am averse to schools filled with rich kids – my Indian middle class background militates against this. Ideally, there’d be other R2Indian kids in his class. Any pointers anyone here?

    Thanks, and keep up the great blog!

  4. Hi Chitra,

    It is really interesting and at the same time useful to read all ur blogs. I was just breaking my head for getting a list of good schools for my sis kids.I googled and I found ur blogspot.Kudos :).
    I read some of ur blogs and I feel as if I am speaking face to face with u. Anticipating more and more blogs from you.Keep up the good work.

  5. Murli, I wasn’t in town, hence the delay in responding. Welcome to my blog. I am glad you like it.

    I do not know of any support groups. As for the schools, most of the good schools are quite expensive and this automatically results in the schools being filled with rich kids. However, if you truly want to avoid the very rich, please avoid the international schools, since they are also the most expensive. I would think NPS/NAFL would be your best bet. We recently got our daughter admitted to NPS for LKG this summer, and met a lot of Indian kids who were born in the US and who have recently moved back to India. I am not sure about the higher classes, but I would think you will get a good mix of local kids and R2I kids in schools like NPS and DPS.

    Just curious, why would you want to avoid the convents?

    Natasha, thanks! Welcome to my blog. I am glad you found info that you were looking for. :)

  6. Hello Chitra,

    We are moving to Banglore in October and was at my wit’s end not knowing where to start doing what!! when I stumbled upon your blog on the internet and I must say it is really helpful!!

    You mentioned that you were able to sell most of your household stuff at Craiglist..does that include just computers, TV, DVD player, treadmill,etc. or even furniture like dining tables, mattresses, etc.?? And what about shipping those items after they are sold?

    Any other useful pointers by you would be deeply appreciated..:)



  7. Hi Chithra,

    I was wondering how much it cost to ship ? I am trying to decide between movers and the company isnt giving us relocation :-(((


  8. Hi Chithra, I am moving from NJ to Chennai in december 2008 and the movers are coming on Dec 12, your tips and the blog info has really helped and ur experiences is exactly is what i am going thru…

    Good Luck

  9. Hello Chitra,
    We are moving to Pune in April and I am really excited. I wanted this since I came to USA (though just 18 months back). Your tips are really helpful.
    Good Luck.

  10. Hi Chitra,

    I am retracing my footsteps back home.
    1. Finished packing. Contacted the same shippers are you used – Worldwide Ocean and Air – waiting for their quote to come in.
    2. Applied for the OCI – waiting for that
    3. have to sell the car – will post it on Craigslist and Sulekha too
    4. Almost sold all the household furniture on craigslist

    Waiting for some interviews to happen with firms in India. Hopefully April/May things will open up with new fiscal year.

    Am going to be in Mumbai April 24 for 2 weeks – visit the parents.

    Need to find a rental apartment in Bangalore..around the koramangala area – have to make some inquiries about that – how to find a decent rental and not get cheated by the landlord.

    any tips, suggestions –

  11. We will be moving to b’lore early summer. We will be looking for apartments in Koramangala, HSrLayout , outer ring road area. Could you give us the names of some apt. complexes ? looking for 1800sq. ft -2200 sq. ft size apt.

  12. Sulekha:

    Tons available: Here are some standard ones

    Koramangala: Raheja, Embassy Tranquil, Mantri
    HSR: Mantri Sarovar, (another Mantri property is there – but don’t remember the name), Adarsh
    ORR: Sobha properties and Mantri Flora

    Good luck


  13. Hi Chitra,
    Thanks for oyu blog. I came upon it through thr R2I forum.We intend moving back to Bangalore in april 2010. Kid will be going to 5th grade.Will be living in JP nagar.
    Can you please suggest good schools around the area which will have a good mix of academics and extracurriculars and the other concern is the additional languages they have to learn.
    Any thoughts on CBSE or ICSE or IGCSE.

  14. Hi Chitra,
    I happened to stumble upon your blog when I was looking for R2I. Thanks for all the useful tips. Our main concern is schools. When we return back ,my daughter will be in 5thgrade and my son in 1st. I am really concerned about the additional language that they have to take. What are the options available in a CBSE school ? We are tamilians and I’ve heard that Hindhi is a tuff choice in CBSE. Is Sanskrit or Tamil an option ?

  15. I am also planning to move to india, worried about what school to apply for my daughter who is in grade 4 now , but will need admission for grade 5. Willing to locate to cochin or bangalore, do es anyone know of not very expensive school , Also any school that has french instead of Hindi… would love to put her in CBSE schoo. as I studied there….

    Was smag898238 able to find a school ?

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  17. We will be R2I ing next month to Bangalore…..I must say your article hit the spot :)..

  18. Chitra ,

    To start with , just to let you know , you have a very nice web site .
    This year we are planning to move back to Bangalore & my kid is in 3rd grade.. I don’t have anything in Bangalore so if I get a gob in Manyata Tech Park , do you have any recommendation for rental apartment & school so that travel distance is very less . Just thought of getting your view points ..


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