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Settled into Thane Mumbai Suburb

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Suburbia in India is a lot different than suburban America. The first thing is that suburban USA means ranch homes- fences and generally centered around small roads leading to schools- parks – and shopping plazas within a mile or two.

Suburban India means high rises and tons of traffic. We may not be in the thick of financial Mumbai or in the fast suburbs like BKC (Bandra Kurla Complex) but we still have 26 story buildings and buses whirring past.

So now that we’re settled – without further ado – our new home.88

We have settled upon a 3 BHK – basically 3 bedrooms   a hall (which is living Dining combined- though ours is in an “L” shape to distance the two without needing a physical barrier such as an entertainment center for separation and a kitchen. We also have a closet off the master (which is highly unusual)  – as well as a maid’s quarter (that since our maid left has now become storage) and three bathrooms. Also included in our “built up” area are some “dry” areas which are open to the elements so really aren’t necessarily dry but it it is “our” area and can be used for storage of recycleables and drying clothing if you so desire.

the kid's room
the kid’s bedroom (more in depth later) as I want to compare our “old” space with what we have now
guest bathroom
Here’s the guest bath. We still need to get a shower curtain for this room. Shower curtains are not at all common in India. Imagine sitting on the toilet after a shower – as some “regular sized’ (we have an extremely large place by India standards) bathrooms have the shower basically next to the toilet meaning the water is always on the toilet. Basically when western toilets came about changes weren’t made for the showers. Also note the water drain position – no where near where water drains…. thus the need to “splash” the water into the drain keeping everything wet!
master bedroo9m
master bedroom from the closet area
master bedroom india king bed
Yes, we brought along our king bed – we have room on either side and extra space on the other side of the door. In Phoenix we had this king and a queen (and a toddler) bed, but this does fine. Our 3 year old uses up most of the space on this! :)
Shower curtain india
We brought one shower curtain with us (and the hooks) and had someone install the bar for us. The bar and installation was around $5 USD. you can also get shower curtains on places like Jabong for around $12. We still need two more for the other bathrooms. But for now, this works. It keeps the wash basin from getting wet all the time and prevents slips and falls as well.
Lots of photos on the wall
We probably have too many photos on our walls, but it is good to have these “happy” reminders!
Shadow memory box
No, those ultrasound photos do not show gender! That’s illegal here after all. I have up their “baby” stuff with a mother’s mandala which was gifted to me by a dear friend during my blessingway for Rohan
living room aka hall
Our living room, during set up, but by 8 pm each night it is looking like this anyway :) We brought our sectional sofa to India
tv area and balcony
Our tv area and balcony
guest room
Guest room, AKA Conner’s room, aka sewing room. We need a taker for the crib/toddler bed :)
guest room nicknacks
Guest room knickknacks. These were the kid’s bookshelves back home (purchased from Montessori outlet) but they don’t “fit” into their room, so I stacked them here for now.88

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One comment

  1. Your place looks beautiful…and I love the kids room! <3 I hope you and the kids are settling in well to India. :)

     

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