AuthorPrashant Jeloka

R2I Return to India 2010 – 2012: Prashant’s conclusions

I’m glad that we returned to India (R2I) and have a verdict on the R2I experiment. In the summer of 2012, we are moving to America. Why R2I didn’t work out – the important stuff Work Immediately after returning to India, I started and ran a web design consulting company and helped startups with their […]

Meenal and Prashant were on NPR!

Sounds from this India experiment were aired on public radio in the US! Sangar ki sabzi, noisy kitchen, our opinion on renting vs. buying – it’s all there. Read the 2012 article on WBUR and Listen to the 2012 story on WBUR. Celebrating Meenal’s 2 week old niece. Delhi, 2012. 2 years ago, NPR (Morning […]

Emigration and Returning to India (R2I) in big media

Many U.S. Immigrants’ Children Seek American Dream Abroad New York Times, April 15, 2012 by Kirk Semple This article is interesting in highlighting the increase in emigration. I would have found it more informative if it had talked about the people’s daily lives – new home, work place, friends, etc. It’s a bit simplistic but […]

One year later: The final verdict

Site stats 50,000 page views Nov, 2010 – Nov, 2011 4:19 average time spent per user and 3.48 pages per visit The 3 videos have been very popular. Email subscription wasn’t. Final verdict We are very glad to have made our India experiment happen. And now it is time to reflect. Is it going to […]

Yes, I was there to witness Anna Hazare in New Delhi

I had never experienced a popular civil uprising before. So glad to have witnessed it.

Cost of living in India – monthly expenses after R2I 2010-2011

Rent + $2100 per month August, 2011 Domestic travel – Meenal and I took a vacation in Ladakh. May be one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever seen. Clothes – we didn’t take enough warm clothes to Ladakh thinking that it’ll be warm. Surprisingly we found good American and European brands for outer wear […]

Vacation in Ladakh – Leh, Hunder, Pangong, Rafting, Hiking

Having heard so much about it, we vacationed in Ladakh in August. It may be the most beautiful place we’ve ever seen. If you go, please don’t litter – a big problem even in the remotest areas. Ladakh, India Time Lapse (a bit short & amateurish) If you are in India, instead of a video, […]

Gurgaon, India – An introduction to daily life

Many of you think that Meenal and I are having a great time in India. You won’t understand a city until you live in it and after 6 months in Delhi, we identified with this article in the New York Times: In India, Dynamism Wrestles With Dysfunction, June 8, 2011.

India in Pictures: DIY Vehicles

This DIY vehicle has the handle of a scooter, the front wheel of a motorcycle, the frame of a bicycle, the back of a donkey cart and an oil tank from the kitchen utensil store!

Buy furniture in India or Ship from USA before R2I?

I don’t actually know that if there is a ‘furniture mafia’ but how else can you explain such astronomical prices? Furniture costs roughly twice as much as they do in the U.S. and are half as good in quality. If I had known, I would have shipped the big items from America (except the mattress).

Drinking water in India

After R2I, we found 3 choices for drinking water in India. We chose the 3rd option in this list. 1. Tap water with Reverse Osmosis (RO) filter This is the most cost effective of the 3 drinking water choices and is widely used in India. Most households, restaurants, bars and hotels claim to have working […]

Letter to U.S. Congressmen: U.S. debt, exiled African kings and my bank account

Honorable Congressmen: This email is NOT from an exiled African king asking for your bank account number. I hate hearing about royal problems but it is a compliment to the U.S. economy that even fake deposed kings want to park their fake loot in our bank accounts.

Making new friends in India after R2I

PHOTO: Party at our place for friends of friends we’ve met after moving to Delhi and Gurgaon. July, 2011. No, it’s not like your grandmother told you. You can’t just drop by anyone’s house at any time. People work, tend to kids, go shopping, do household chores, catch up on Bollywood movies, travel for work, […]

Mini R2I case study: Akshay

Anyone who returns to India after a long stint abroad needs to answer this: What will you do for work when you get to India? Continue climbing the corporate ladder? Start a business? Join politics? Inherit a cushy lifestyle? Bum? Akshay moved to India from Boston in 2010 and has had to answer these and […]

Fresh fruits and juices – the best of Delhi summer

Delhi summer is in full swing – 110 degree oven like temperatures with dusty winds blowing over the city. That also means that the best fruits are in season – watermelons, different types of mangoes, succulent melons (promise never to use the word ‘succulent’ again), lychees, papaya, peaches and apricots. You have no idea what […]

India in pictures: NO PARKING SIGN

TYRE PUNCTURE ZONE: This guy is serious about no one parking in front of his shack.

State parks near Delhi, India – Meenal’s beautiful gift to me

You remember me bitching about not seeing any Earth. And you remember me crooning about my geyser romance for Meenal. But Meenal is a goddess – she showed me Earth and one upped my cheesy love with her gift. She took me to Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary (Sultanpur Jheel), about an hour drive from Gurgaon with […]