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The Case of the Curious Army Wife

Life in the army is fun and you meet so many new people! The only drawback is that, you also have to bid them adieu once your posting comes!Continuing our series on army wives, who move house so many times – they loose count! Today we speak to Anamika Nandedkar who is the heart and soul behind A Curious Army Wife!

How has army life treating you? What are some of the things that you love about army life?
I am in the process of getting used to life as an Army spouse. I am still discovering roles, customs, perks, and faults… The entire community of those living behind military station gates is different. Some things, that would initially seem impossible or irk me now seem like a special thing that comes only to faujis and their families — for instance, I never thought it would be possible for anyone to go out for an entire day without locking your house.

In the last station, it was so safe and people were so trustworthy that we never had any fear of getting robbed. Another example is that how our men get so excited about field postings while we wives dread it all the time. These are just some of the small quirky things that I am beginning to love about Army life.

How many places have you moved to? Which of these places have you enjoyed the most and why? How many times have you moved house since you married?
A couple of times. And of all those places, Dehradun was the best! Entire Uttarakhand is so beautiful! We had a lot of people who were of the same age group as us, so it was full-on dhamaal!

Were you working before you got married? If yes, how was quitting your job, and adjusting to the tight knit army community feel like? Did you find it difficult in the beginning?
Yes, I was working and couldn’t get a transfer to the city where my husband was posted at that time. So, I quit. Within 3 months, we moved to a different place which was a small town and jobs were scanty. After sulking initially, I took to freelance work and blogging. It kept me in touch with my work and I also got to enjoy a mini-break from work. I did not mind it much, basically because I knew I can go back to working once my husband gets posted to a field area.

Have you been able to keep in touch with friends made along the way?
Of course! That’s the beauty of fauj, isn’t it? We bump into each other somewhere or the other. And Facebook and Whatsapp have a major role in this!

How does it feel living this “nomad” kind of life? How different is it from everyone else’s? Which one would you have preferred?
Hahaha! That’s the thing you see, I have moved so many times because of my profession even before I got married. I used to dream of ending this nomadic life and ‘settle down’ once I get married. But kismat! I married an Army man, who moved anywhere and everywhere at the drop of a hat. But this entire process is so exciting, I now feel a tad bit sorry for my friends who have settled permanently at one location — they are missing all the fun of moving to a new place and experiencing life!

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How to you cope with the long periods of absence of your soldier?
By finding work and keeping myself busy. Because khali dimaag shaitan ka ghar!

When you come to know that you have been posted elsewhere, what is your first thought?
Packing. Naukri. Experiencing new culture. In that order. Packing and unpacking freaks me out.

Your blog, ACuriousArmyWife reflects your passion for army life. How did you stumble into blogging? How long have you been blogging?
As I said before, I started blogging because I was on a break from journalism but felt the urge to write about the new things I was seeing in Army life as a new bride. That’s how the blog was born. That was my place where I could praise and rant about army wives’ life. It’s been four years now.

Have many prospective army wives approached you for advice on what life in the army entails? Any anecdotes to share!
Oh many! It seems a large number of girlfriends and new brides do comment on the blog or email me personally for advice. It made me feel like those agony aunts in tabloids! Initially, I would answer the questions if I felt confident that I can give the right advice. Then later, I decided to put those questions out in public domain on my blog through FAQs and ask for other army wives’ advice as well. But there is a point where even I can’t tell whether “to marry him or not”!

Army is famous for its formal parties! Any seriously funny party anecdote or faux pa you recall?
As a new bride in my husband’s unit, I was given a challenge of cooking lunch for all officers and ladies in the unit mess. I prepared the lunch and when the CO came into the mess, I went to him and said (the way mess havaldar used to say everyday) “Shriman, bhojan prastut hai”. My husband wanted to go underground with embarrassment.

Having been married for so many years does packing, moving and unpacking still seem like a daunting task to you?
OH VERY MUCH! It is one my worst nightmares. Thankfully, we don’t have a lot of furniture, but even with the rest of the things, it seems very frightening. Trunks, cartons, bubble wraps… I get panic attacks just thinking about it. Even if for the entire year I keep thinking that we don’t have enough stuff at home, at the time of packing every purchase made in those 12 months seems like a waste of money.

Before learning about EZMove, how did you choose a particular Packers and movers? How has your experience been with them? Would you be willing to try EZMove for your next move?
We chose a Packers& Movers on the recommendation of friends who had moved just two weeks before us. They came, they packed, they moved! Experience was good. I checked EZMove recently and I am really intrigued by what offers they have for armed forces’ families.

Do you have any hilarious moving day story to share? And lastly, since you are a moving pro, could you share a few tips or tricks with our readers?
It was anything but a happy occasion for us. It was an emotional day when we packed up our first house that we had painstakingly set up. Even the stray cat who had delivered kittens in our house was pissed and she was looking at us with eyes that labelled us No.1 betrayers of her trust. I am not a pro yet (though I know many who are capable of doing it alone and quite meticulously) and I am forever looking for tips and tricks. Got no wisdom to share now, maybe after 10 years…!

We at EZMove.in wish Anamika the very best for her blog!

 

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5 moving day mistakes to avoid for a hassle free relocation

To err is human, but making mistakes on moving day can burn a big hole in your pocket. Don’t just survive, moving day – own it! And here are some tips which will help you during the day when tension is running high and tempers are running short!

5 moving day mistakes to avoid for a hassle free relocation

Being way behind your packing schedule

In spite of all the checklists, you’ve seen and downloaded and made – the one thing many people forget to account for is the amount of time it will take to pack up and move house. What first time movers and sometimes, even veterans don’t realize is that – it requires some amount of prep time before you get into the groove where you can pack in a jiffy! Deluding yourself with thoughts like “Oh! I can just dump them in a box and they’ll reach safely” is the perfect recipe for headaches on the D-day!

To avoid leaving packing for the final moving day, here are a couple of pointers

  • Before you begin packing make a timeline – FOLLOW IT.
  • Begin packing as soon as you finalize a packers and movers.
  • Begin packing from the areas in your home that are the hardest to sort out and pack.
  • Don’t leave any packing for the last minute

Forget to pack an essentials box

Most people, who don’t plan a move properly, end up not packing an essentials box – which really comes in handy when you begin to settle down at the new place!

Fresh change of clothes, medicines, toiletries, tool box, some packets of food and other sundry items, which are most essential when moving house.

So think of all the items that you will not be able to survive without for even a day and include them in your moving day survival box. Just so you don’t forger, put it on your checklist.

Leaving “quick” tasks for the morning

D-day is the most unpredictable day when moving home or office. Anything that can go wrong – may go wrong! Packing is tough and maybe after doing it for a couple of days, you’ll be tempted to leave a few quick jobs for later! You’ll convince yourself, that you’ll get up early and they’re no harm in this! You couldn’t be more wrong!

Don’t leave anything for the last minute as your alarm may fail to go off or the packers and movers may show up earlier, or you may just not be feeling too well! Everything is unpredictable! So, stay ahead of the curve, by completing all the quick tasks before hand!

Turning your back on moving day safety

The best piece of advice anyone can give you – is to stay safe during that roller coaster of 24 hours when moving home.

Babies, small children and pets – have a knack of getting into dangerous situations. Make sure they stay away from all the madness. Designate a family member to look after them in a safe place – away from it all. You too will be less distracted when you know they are one hundred percent safe.

Don’t block the paths and hallways, as they were would be a lot of footfalls – and someone may trip. Drop the frills and dress in tracks so that you’re comfortable on your feet.

Handing over your valuables to the movers

Many Indians keep some amount of jewellery at home. Despite all the preparations and planning, last minute goof ups can happen and you may just have loaded all your “khandani” jewels into a truck – and before you realize it – it’s pulled out of your driveway! Even important documents along with other valuables should always be carried in person.

Avoid the above mistakes and you should have a relatively hassle free day! Look on the bright sight! New house, new place– new possibilities!  Cheer up, because moving day is round the corner and it will all be over soon!

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Things to know before moving from Bangalore to Mumbai

While Bangalore is still the Silicon Valley of India and a wonderful city to live in, moving to Mumbai – can better one’s career prospects. Sometimes, you don’t even have a choice in the matter – because well – the company you work for decides you are more needed in Mumbai. Mumbai is still considered a city where all dreams can come true! Therefore it comes as no surprise that so many people plan a move to Mumbai every year!

Moving to a new city permanently – is not quite as simple as hopping onto a flight. A huge number of things need to be handled and checked off, before you can than think of dusting your hands!

Points to keep in mind when moving from Bangalore to Mumbai

Know thy city: The biblical saying “Know Thy Neighbor” could very well apply to a city as well, don’t you think? When compared to Bangalore (once a pensioner’s paradise like Pune) life in Mumbai is very, very hectic. The huge amounts of travel distance and the “Mumbai madness” takes some getting used to.  So keep calm and carry on! It gets better and you really begin to feel the Mumbai magic!

A Place called Home: The real estate prices of Mumbai are legendary – no wait – they are actually sky rocketing! Renting a place in Mumbai is a costly affair and even then you could end up living in a matchbox, so to speak. Most affordable housing options are limited to Navi Mumbai, Thane, or any other upcoming suburb. Pune too will one day become a Mumbai suburb- the way things are going!

The Final Move: Moving or shifting from Bangalore to Mumbai can now be hassle free, thanks to good moving companies like EZMove. Professional and reliable packers and movers can help to make you life easier when relocating to Mumbai.

Early bird gets the worm: You can never plan enough, when it comes to relocating to a new city. Start planning your move at least 6 to 8 weeks in advance. This will give you ample time to get organized so that no last minute tasks are left!

Hire professional packers and movers: While getting friends to help or roping in your neighborhood packer and mover worked may have worked while you were single, once you have set up house – it’s time to call in the professionals. All your belongings, delicate crockery and furniture should be professionally packed if you want them to arrive safe and sound in Mumbai!

Preliminary Site survey: Any good and professional packers and movers will do a preliminary site survey to understand the quantum of work involved in the final move. EZMove.in proprietary portal makes this very easy by providing you automated online quotes! And the best part is that it’s free! Our web portal aggregates quotes from verified and reliable packers and movers – so that you find the best quote sitting in the comfort of your home! And did we mention the best part? Yes, it’s completely free!

The best deal isn’t always the cheapest one: Price shouldn’t be the only factor determining which packer and movers you finalize! Surveying the market to find the best value proposition is always the better option. The ease of business allows many unscrupulous and on the fly moving companies to flourish. These vendors will give you a deal – too good to be true – and then will cut corners when it comes to packaging material and safe transport of your goods. EZmove.in helps to weed out these detractors by allowing only pre-vetted and verified vendors to send you the best quotes.

The only time to bulk up: Indian roads are always on the mend! So you can imagine the number of ‘jhatkas’ your stuff will be get before it reaches its final destination. A bumpy ride, speed breakers, loading and unloading can be toll-taking on your fragile crockery!  In many cases transporters send another vechicle to pick up your stuff, and yet another to deliver them. So, don’t hire a moving company that scrimps on bubble wrap and packaging material. After all your beautiful handpicked furniture and your wedding china – both deserve the best!

Time your Move: Discuss timelines and how long it will take for the moving company to transport all your goods from Bangalore to Mumbai safely. This is all the more important if you are moving with family and pets. Planning their stay in a new city is also a tremendous task.

Rain on your parade: Bangalore is a city notorious for sudden climate changes. Mumbai too can experience light drizzle showers without warning. Keeping these climatic changes in mind will help you to plan better. While it may be quicker to move house in the spring and summer – monsoons are a pain.

Are you planning a move from Bangalore to Mumbai? Looking for a good professional packers and movers? Leave your relocation worries to us here, at EZMove.in while you just gear up to enjoy the wonderful bustling city of Mumbai!

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How to unpack and organize after you’re done moving

So, you’ve survived moving day! But troubles aren’t over yet, are they? You still have to unpack all your belongings and settle down, right? How and where to begin, when your new home looks like a warehouse!

Logically, you should unpack and prepare the rooms according to importance! Pretty simple!

Start with the Bedroom

What would you crave after an exhausting day of loading, unloading and dealing with the stress of moving – a place to sleep! When you feel as drained as your phone battery – is there any reason to have second thoughts about unpacking the bedroom!

Don’t fret about unpacking your actual bed, if it’s getting late – just flop your mattresses on the floor and cover with a clean bedsheet! Never underestimate the power of sleeping on clean sheets!!

Next is obviously the Kitchen

If you can do it simultaneously – great! Else it is best to finish of the bedroom and head straight for the kitchen!

Kitchen is obviously a priority as even soon as you feel exhausted you need to grab a bite or a glass of refreshing cold water! Focus on the essentials first and get out your stove or a hot plate. After you’re done unpacking the utensils, get some staple grains like dals and rice in a couple of boxes – so that cooking can commence.

Appliances can wait – bit if absolutely must set up your mixer grinder, refrigerator and oven. Toasters and other small appliances can be opened and set up as the unpacking progresses.

Bathroom

Well, assuming that the basic bathroom setup would already be existing – you would just need to unpack your essentials bag. Getting your toothbrush, toothpaste and soap in place – will help save your sanity in the morning!

Dining Area

After your kitchen and bathroom are set up, you can think of setting up your dining area so that you have a place to sit down to eat! Having a dining table in place – really helps to make the house come together!

Drawing room

Yes, it’s obviously the last priority as who has time to relax and lounge around when a house is to be unpacked! Setting up your entertainment centre, and sofas will make you feel that finally the house has begun to look like a home!

Storage area

Keep moving everything that you don’t really need to the storage area your new house. Store away any trunks and boxes which you feel will come useful the next time you consider a move.

Packing and moving has a deadline – so people tend to be more organized! But, unpacking can be laid back – so much so that people can take over a month to finally settle in.

While it is advisable to take a slow pace, don’t keep putting it off out of laziness. Once the house is fully set up then only can you begin to feel that you are settling in into your new life!

Here are a couple of pointers which should help to make your unpacking easier:

  • If it is going to take two minutes, just do it! Do not put off for tomorrow what you can do today.
  • If you have labeled the boxes, then first place all the boxes in their respective rooms.
  • Be sure to dispose of packing materials properly. Sometimes the workers themselves are willing to take them away so resell. Someone’s trash is another’s treasure!
  • Don’t forget to clean up on a regular basis as the dust from all the boxes can tend to accumulate.

Hope you found these tips helpful! In case you are looking for packers and movers, do think of getting a quote from EZMove.in.