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Hyderabad, India
Are local buses, trams, trains or taxis safe and affordable?
There is a new elevated train system being built that looks rather remarkable. I think this will make traffic better and public transport better. I would not recommend buses. Uber and Ola are common, we...
What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?
Full time help is around 20,000 - 25,000 rupees (or US$300-350/month) for a nanny, housekeeper, or driver. Those that pay less are really doing a disservice and should remember they are paying for someone's livelihood...

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