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Posted: 09 April 2007 at 11:03am | IP Logged
Has anybody shopped in these FABINDIA stores?

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Posted: 09 April 2007 at 12:45pm | IP Logged
Thanks Madhu, Rajshree, Wingy, Dasa & Atina for your very valuable input.

Ok I'm going to summarize (pls correct me if I'm wrong).
If there's anything else, please add to this.

* Money exchange can be done at the airport, but for huge money transfers, it's going to be expensive.
And in Money exchange spots like Thomas Cook - are they just as expensive as in airports?

* Using CCs at reputed, reliable stores is OK.

* It is better to transfer money before visiting India to an account in India (I'll come back to this later) and then use their debit cards for your shopping needs.

* Even better is to find a private and reliable money exchange place for better rates. (Atina, I'll surely get back to you on this Wink

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Posted: 09 April 2007 at 12:50pm | IP Logged
Dasa and others -

May be I'm going too far with this. Please feel free if you don't want to/don't have an answer, but I really have no idea, hence my questions.

If I don't have an account in India and I'm not an Indian citizen, is there a way an account can be opened, which will save me some money in transfer?

Atina - by any chance do you know offhand, is there a limit on how much (USD) we are allowed to bring to India when we fly?

Thank you very much, guys.

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Posted: 09 April 2007 at 6:30pm | IP Logged
Jenim,
Its right, you should stay away from Thomas Cook and others because of the high charge. If you take with you more than 10 000 USD in travellers cheques or over 5000 USD in notes , then you have to declare it on the customs .

They do have a small western union branch in Paaris near Bandi Bazar area, they do exchange for good rates, my parents use that whenever we are in India ( note: its not a regular western union branch, they do have sometimes high charge), and you can also exchange in some of the stores, but be careful with jewellery shops, esp in T-Nagar as they will give you law rates.
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Posted: 09 April 2007 at 9:14pm | IP Logged
Oh.. thank you Meli for the info. Very helpful indeed. Appreciate it.

Ore oru doubtu:
You said the Western Union branch in 'Paris' or 'Pondy Bazaar'? Which one? Or are these 2 different branches, because these 2 areas are located far away in Chennai.
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Posted: 10 April 2007 at 7:21am | IP Logged
Hi - I live in MA - USA. We have a function coming up and I would like to get Indian clothes for the family. Since I don't go to India often - I do a lot of online shopping. However for this large purchase I would like to see the outfits before I purchase them. We were thinking about driving to NY to take a look. Do any of you know any good stores there? Or even in NJ? Greatly appreciate any help. Thanks.

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Posted: 10 April 2007 at 9:42am | IP Logged
Niri -

There are scores of such stores that sell Indian clothes in the Edison area of New Jersey, particularly "Oak Tree Road". The entire stretch of this very busy road is full of Indian stores selling Jewellery, Indian clothes, eateries and what not. If you're driving down to NJ, you won't be disappointed. There's a store called Khazana here, very very beautiful clothes, but a bit pricey. But if you are doing bulk shopping, may be you'll get a good deal. Anyway there are tons of other such stores you can check out.

For easy parking on the street sides, you may want to shop during a weekday. If you're going there on a weekend, there's paid parking along the side of oaktree road. When you're driving - map out: Oak Tree Rd, Edison, NJ 08820

And there are plenty of these stores in the "Jackson Heights" area of NY City. A lot of Jewellery stores too.

I found a list of Indian clothes stores all over US here. In fact, I see some MA saree stores too in this link.
http://www.garamchai.com/saree.htm

Happy shopping!

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Posted: 10 April 2007 at 10:10am | IP Logged
Thank you so much Jenim. Will take a ride there next week - Thanks also for the link.

Niri.

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