puni, long time. good see the old gang back one by one. how is kutti super star.. i agree, if things are in stellar conditions, it is better to pay for the shipping than buying everything.only thing that you have to remember is allocation of space for these things even before shipping..why is it we buy so much inspite of knowing that we have smaller spaces later.:bonk:bonk or at least buy things which can get pushed into the loft. hope my dh is not reading this...my lofts are full of dinner sets, books and things...:rotfl:rotfl:rotfl kids tend to surprise you. they are the most adaptable and resilient humans..and they will take to things like fish in water though they will appear to be grumbling and cribbing on your face..there is not much lacking in the metros, for them to miss us.. Oh, puni i agree with spidey, no revenge please..it does nothing to other person, it eats up your peace of mind and energy.. very sensible and practical. pick up medical insurances for your pil/parents, if they are not above the maximum age for cover..it works out better. i advice this to all my resident and non-resident friends everytime..and sometimes people feel irritated, but faced with the health issues, and the cost of medical facilities, it works out better and you are not pressed when a need arises. believe me no body has chunks of time to do much interference on a day to day basis. with the stress of work, kids and families, each has his own agenda. but execeptions are always there. This is one aspect many take lightly. they tend to think india is cheaper. sometimes, i feel other places are cheaper compared to the metros. when i came in 4+ years back it was reasonable, that is it was cheap comparatively and today it has gone up 200% on certain items. I hope you like the place, and are not going to open a return 2 America thread. all the best to your return.