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Kolkata, India
What is the availability of international schools? What has been your general experience with them, if any?
Although there are several schools listed as being acceptable, I would recommend to not bid here if you have school-aged children. If you must come here, I would encourage you to consider boarding school. Most...
What is the air quality like at post (good/moderate/bad)? Are there seasonal air quality issues? Does the air quality have an impact on health?
The air quality is bad (90-350 avg. AQI depending on the time of day) throughout the winter months due to people burning trash for warmth, coal burning fires, etc. Then the monsoon season begins and...

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