An Army wife’s life – bags, blogs, books and everything in between!

Today we talk to Shivani, an army wife and an army brat who runs her travel blog Hobogobo, whilst moving all over India!

How has army life treating you? If possible could you tell us about some of the places in India where you have moved to.

Army life is the only way of life that I truly know as my father was in the army as well. Having said that, contrary to most people’s belief, life as an army kid and an army wife are very different. In fact, sometimes its more difficult for an army kid to adjust to the newfound expectations after she marries an army officer.

We have been married for 5.5 years and have been posted to Ambala, Jaisalmer and Leh out of which we have setup houses in Ambala and Jaisalmer.

Which of these places have you enjoyed the most and why?

I enjoyed both places equally as we got a chance to stay together for a couple of months. Ambala was a great city to start a ‘grahisti’ owing to its wholesale plastic market and export surplus home furnishing shops. Jaisalmer is a tourist destination where you can sample cuisines from all over the world in the tourist season. Fancy, Korean food? Worry not, Jaisalmer has an authentic Korean restaurant run by a Korean lady !

How many times have you moved house since you married?

In 5.5 years, I have moved and setup 3 houses not counting all the in-between scenarios where we have moved for courses and where my parents and in laws houses have been my abode for several months. Mind you, in setting up these 3 houses, we have managed to stay together only for about a year.

Have you been able to keep in touch with friends made along the way?

Yes, I believe in making friends for life. In todays age of telecommunication, social media and whatsapp, there is no excuse for you to not keep in touch. Moreover, the army is one big family in a small world, you keep meeting each other at courses and get togethers.

How does it feel living this “nomad” kind of life? How different is it from everyone else’s? Which one would you have preferred?

It has its ups and downs. I love travelling so I take it in my stride but there are sacrifices that one must make. Staying together for not even 1/5th of the times you’ve been married says a lot about the nomadic life we live. The heart might grow fonder but the brain definitely stresses out.

Moreover, there is a lot of uncertainty in plans which makes it difficult for the wife to live away and have a 5 year or even a 5 month plan for that matter. Having said that, not everyone in the army lives like that. I know quite a few families that have managed to stay together all their lives after getting married.

Military life is completely different from anyone else’s. 90% of times it’s in someone else’s hand- you don’t make the decisions, the buck doesn’t stop at you. All you can do is plan and wait for the plan to be foiled, then plan again and again till something happens. Experience has taught me to have a plan A, B, C & D.

About preference, I know no other life so will not comment. Different lifestyles have their unique challenges and most often than not, the grass only seems greener on the other side. I believe in living life in the moment rather than mulling over what could have been ! Que sera sera.

For how long have you been blogging? How did you begin blogging? Please share your journey – ups and downs.

I first started blogging in 2010 where it was just a personal blog with both travel and personal articles. It was mainly for the consumption of friends or to share travel information with people who asked. Serious blogging started in 2012 where I separated my travel blog to Hobogobo and everything else to ShivaniGarg.co

I started my career in advertising and them moved on to a digital startup where I handled everything from copywriting to graphics to sometimes interacting with clients directly. I learned wordpress and website designing on the job and then added SEO to my skill set. Once I got married and shifted bases I used the knowledge for my own blogging endeavours and here I am !

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Your genre of blogging is travelling. How did you decide this niche?

HoboGobo specifically caters to the travel niche and this was something that came very naturally to me. Photography and travelling is a my life’s chi (qi). It focuses my energies and makes me alive. The term ‘HOBOGOBO’ is also an amalgamation of these two passions – travel and photography where a ‘hobo’ is a nomad or someone who is location independent like me and ‘gobo’ is a device used it photography to control light.

So many army wives are becoming authors/bloggers why do you think this trend is picking up?

No lemonade taste as good as the one made from the lemons that life gives you and no one knows that better than the Army wife. Apart from the fact, that being an Author or Blogger gives you a chance to work remotely, I think an army wife has so many different experiences and interactions with local people of the little towns she moves to as well as the officers and wives around her from all over India. My experience has taught me that while everyone is so different from each other, we all feel the same emotions and are the same people, really ! As an author, I can put that understanding to great use.

An army wife is resourceful. She has nothing but problems around her and no magic wand to solve them so it’s natural that she becomes a problem solver. She plans, budgets, orders, tries, opines, inspires and shares her experiences with others in the same boat. This is exactly what a blogger does ! A blogger is a thought / activity leader who is one of the first to try things and share their experiences to either inspire or caution others. So there you have it, an army life teaches you all these things and some of us put these to use as authors and bloggers.

Does packing, moving and unpacking still seem like a daunting task to you?

I am an army brat before being an army wife so packing, moving and unpacking has never been a daunting task for me. In fact, I handled the whole task in our first home after getting married as my husband had no time ! He still hears about it because in fact, it’s his job and not mine. But since the first time and after having shifted so many houses, I let him do the dirty work most of the times 😉

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 are pretty efficient at packing by ourselves so I have not been able to use the services of packers and movers other than one time when we called them to pack our fridge and ac. It was a local packer and mover and we could have done a better job. I have also heard about horror stories of Agarwal packers and movers smuggling drugs in the truck that had the stuff of an Air Force officer.

I could definitely try EZMove especially after a 6 month old taking up most of my time now. But in order to do that, you will have to show me your trial services as I’m quite wary of Packers & Movers.

Do you have any funny anecdote or hilarious moving story?

Oh I have so many but I’ll choose to share this particular one, in the hope that someone who matters will read it 😉
In the past 5.5 years, I have set up homes twice in the same station as my husband and stayed in each house for 4-5 months ! In the 4.5 years that we have stayed away, we have not been given a separated family accommodation because I am a Delhi girl and Delhi area feels we are way too independent to require one (sniggers sarcastically). So anyways, the only option I had was to rent a civil house or stay with parents, I chose the former even though the rent was 25K and the HRA one gets is 9K (what many people do not know is that one pays tax on the HRA as well).

So all in all, it’s pretty hilarious to realise that an army wife is sometimes expected to pay a big price to both stay with and without the husband!

“Ek taraf kuan, to doosri taraf khai”. That’s the army life in a nutshell.

Lastly, since you are a moving pro, could you share a few tips or tricks with our readers?

Start the process a month before you intend to shift. Make lists in your head about the things you need till the end, and what can go right now. Usually, its the kitchen that gets packed in the end and the home decor that goes first. Line your boxes with waterproof material because sometimes you dont know after how long they are going to be opened. Source and sun dry some neem leaves to line your carpets and other linen to prevent pests.

Loved Shivani’s candid views! We at EZmove, wish her all the best for her blogging journey!

The Only Office Moving Check List You Will Ever Need!

How To Plan Moving An Office Seamlessly

If you are planning to move into a brand new office, you should make yourself aware of the complexity of the shifting process. It’s a difficult, lengthy and time-consuming process, especially if you have a huge office! It is very important to carefully plan and execute it properly to avoid issues.

Below is a simple office moving plan which will make the moving process easy and hassle free. So, that you don’t miss out on anything. This checklist has been created by us from the huge experience of moving medium and large companies to a brand new office.

Preparing in advance
It is necessary to prepare in advance. The best suggestion will be to create an office moving team, which will lead the entire office shifting process. Create a detailed plan of entire shifting process and divide it into a small tasks. It will be easier to assign responsibility to different team members. Make a detailed list of inventory and other important office equipment which has to be shifted.

Setup the New Office Premises 

Make sure all the mentioned interior work has been done on the new premises. Place all the important office equipment like the server, routers and network cables with the help of IT admin, so that you can be up and running as soon as possible. It is also important to install the security equipment like CCTV cameras as well! Most things go wrong when people know you are occupied otherwise!

Take Required Permission

Inform the lease owner or the appropriate authorities about your decision to move into a new office. Many buildings have some restriction for day time or night time shifting. Taking permission and clearing things from the start will make things easier for both of the parties involved.

Transparent Communication

You must inform all your employees before shifting to the new office. They need to plan an easy way to commute to the new office. Informing all your customers, suppliers and  stakeholders in advance will make things smoother for everyone involved.

Last Review

Before the actual shifting, have an in depth discussion with the packers and movers to plan all the details in advance. Share the exact final schedule of shifting. Discuss all the necessary pointers and share the roles and responsibilities with your employees. Make sure, everything is coordinated and communicated properly.

A Week Before Shifting

Inform your employees to pack their essential items and tow them away safely. Keep in touch with the office moving team, get to know about the level of progress and ensure everyone is aware of their individual responsibilities on the day of shifting. You can also place an order for a new set of visiting cards, invoices, brochures, letterheads with the address of new office.

On The Day of Shifting

Make sure that all the employees and office moving team are present in  office on moving day. This will make the shifting and moving work easily. The office moving team members should be  split and spread to both the office so that everything is coordinated. Make sure that old office is cleared and no important things have been left behind.

Are you looking for a seamless office moving experience? If yes then do consider EZMove.in for a hassle free move!

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How to shift home, when relocating within the same city

Shifting belongings from one house to another in the same city may not be a very difficult process when we compare it with shifting to totally a new city. But, shifting within the city also involves lot of planning and preparation. It should be executed as carefully as major damage can happen!

Below are the things to be kept in mind before moving within the same city.

Get Familiar With the New Locality

Before shifting the belongings to the new location, it is important to visit your new house and the new locality. You will get to know about the neighborhood in addition to it, you will be able to find a traffic-free route to reach your new house. This will be extremely useful during the shifting process. You may be required to make several trips between both the houses while moving your belongings. If you are aware of the short and convenient route, you will be done in a jiffy!

Choose a Professional Packing and Moving Company

You can either make the shifting by yourself, but the best way would be to hire professional packers and movers company. They will make sure all your belongings and fragile and delicate items and are moved carefully and without any damage. They will take care of all the packing and shifting. It is the most convenient way of shifting. This will reduce the burden of packing and unpack things from your shoulders.

It is very important to choose the right packers and movers. Many companies promises best service and offer cheap rates, but  will fail to do the desired work. Before finalizing a professional moving company cross check thoroughly their credentials, in order to avoid problems. You can visit the professional moving company’s website online – go through the customer’s testimonies. You will come to know the way the company deals with after sales services as well.

Schedule the Shifting in Advance

It is always advisable to schedule the shifting in advance. This will provide your enough time to plan everything, you can also do the preparation and then execute the same. This will save you from last minute hassles and issues. You can be stress-free if you plan everything in advance.

Select the Packing Materials Carefully

All your belongings will be transported in a truck there are high chances of them to be getting damaged or scratched. If the damage is heavy they also can become unusable too. The most important step is to pack all the belongings properly before moving them. This is all the more important when it comes to intracity moving because, people think that they have to travel only a short distance! In fact majority of the damage happens in intracity moving because of negligence in packing.

Need help moving within the city? Log on to EZMove.in

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Hiring a Last-Minute Mover Can Be a Disaster

Shifting a house is a very difficult job. Proper planning and execution are very important. Hiring last minute packers and movers is definitely not a good idea. There are many companies which claim to be specialists in move management at throwaway prices, but they are always not reliable. They often fail to fulfill their promises.

If you are not in a hurry, take some time out to research good packers and movers. If you’re still unconvinced, then these reasons should convince you why hiring a last minute mover is not a good plan.

1. Checking Background

If you’re in a hurry, it will not be possible for you to check the background of the packers and movers. You’ll have to depend on what they are claiming without any proof. They will give you fake promises which they may not be able to fulfill.

2. Not able to take references

If you are in a hurry, you will not be able to take references of good professional moving companies from friends. Their valuable feedback would’ve given you a fair idea about their services. If you don’t take reference from the people who have recently moved,  you will have to rely on the claims made by the company.

3.Preferring a Cheap Offer

If you are planning to hire a last minute mover, just because they have given a good bargain or cheap rate, think again! Alarm bells should ring and the first thing you should wonder is  why are they offering such a low price. It may be because they are saving the cost of hiring manpower or essential equipment. This will cause a huge problem during the shifting for you, and may even result in your belongings getting damaged or broken.

4. Not Reading the Terms and Clauses

Last minute movers may also have many hidden charges for their services, which they would not have mentioned earlier. People find out this only at a later stage, but by then the truck would have sailed….no….sped away!! The last minute packers and movers may charge on the spot for fees like packing material, loading, unloading. This will significantly affect your cost of moving.

5. Not Properly Communicating Your Requirement

A professional moving company will always give you a fair estimate after studying how much of the things have to be moved. But last minute movers don’t have much time with them to do a fair job. There can be a lot of confusion and issues during the day of moving. This all burden will come to your shoulder at the end of the day.

It is always advisable to prepare well in advance to avoid dealing with the hassle of hiring last minute packers and movers. Hire a professional moving company, which will provide you their services to shift your belongings at a nominal cost. Safety of your belongings will also be ensured when you are hiring a profession to do the job.

 

8 Things You Must Know Before Hiring a Packers and Movers in Chennai

If you are planning to move from Chennai to another city, it is very important to hire a professional who will help you out with the complete packing and moving part.

Below are 8 important things to know before hiring the professional packers and movers in Chennai

True Professionals
It is very important that the company should be professional, and not a fly by night operator. They should have presence on all social media platforms and major review sites to authenticate their claim.

Trained and Efficient Teams
It is very important for the moving team should be trained properly and  well behaved and polite. They should come prepared for all the necessary tools and equipment needed for shifting.

No Change in Quote
The quote presented by the company should be made clear beforehand and it should be without any hidden charges. You must cross check the quote shared by the company and make sure that the quote is final. It is also advisable to get an invoice from the packers and movers once the moving is completed.

Read Reviews
This can be done by going through their customer reviews on social media platforms. Also scroll through any customer testimonial videos on complaint resolution and make a note of post-service experience as well.

Post Service Complaint Resolution
All the local packers and movers won’t even attend your calls once the payment is made. They don’t even bother to rectify the customer complaints if they have made any. It is very important to hire professional packers and movers to ensure that you get response even after the shifting is done. It makes the entire relocation process hassle free.

Insurance
Make sure you have gone insurance cover so that the company can cover any damage to your shipment. It will avoid the hassle and this will get you peace of mind. It is also important to declare the correct value as it will ensure a smooth post case resolution in case of damage.

Transparent Communication
Choose a packers and movers company that have clear and transparent communication during the entire moving process. All essential documentations like final quotes, payment mode, notification etc must be on record.

Proper Packing
Make sure all the household goods and appliances are packed properly and insist on use of suitable and best quality packing materials. Ensure that they don’t cut any corners in this regard.

So, did you find these tips useful? Let us know in comments.

 

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The Kohleyed Army Wife

The army wives is well known for two things – being expert packers and expert chefs! Now, so many army wives are even conquering the blogsphere!  Today we speak to army wive Shalini, who is running not one – but two blogs!

How has army life treating you? What is some things you love about army life?

I am still in the learning of becoming that impeccable Army Wife. I guess, it is a never-ending process as you come across varied situations in life which a civilian wife cannot imagine going through. I enjoy the opportunity of moving to different places every two years, to set up a new home – sometimes a bungalow, or even a one-room apartment. I love the fact that we can easily convert the most contorted house into a warm home for our soldier; and that we get to meet new people and also learn different culture and tradition and also celebrate all the festivals irrespective of religion or where you hail from.

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?

Only a couple of times and I have always loved Pathankot of them all! The lush green paddy fields, the foothills of Himalayas, the winter, or the very fact that it is close to many beautiful places including Dharamshala and McLeodgang.

How was quitting your job, and adjusting to the tight knit army community feel like? Did you find it difficult in the beginning?

Quitting the job was a tough decision to make- especially because I was working on a 24/7 project in the IT field. There are, however, no regrets. My work and blogging had kept me busy for a year when I lived apart from my husband. So, it was only a choice. I have always loved blogging and since I have ample amount of time in hand now, I can concentrate on it more. Army community is a different world altogether. It is something that I have always admired- the warmth, the comradeship, and the ladies are always in their cheerful self, come what may. I wouldn’t say it was difficult at any point in time. Because all the meetings and parties are not only for fun, but a learning experience to be prepared to face any situation in life.

Have you been able to keep in touch with friends made along the way?

Oh yes. Definitely. That’s the beauty of it all, right? I fondly remember the neighbors I had who I could run to when I had unexpected guests at home. Or who would leave their dog at our place when they had to leave for temporary duty for a day. Or the course-mates and families who’d invite us over for a cup of tea!

How does it feel living this “nomad” kind of life? How different is it from everyone else’s? Which one would you have preferred?

Uncertainty is a given in our lives. It is scary but equally exciting. And I will not trade this life for anything else!

When you come to know that you have been posted elsewhere, what is your first thought?

In the Army, one thing is constant- the tenures generally every two years! As they say, change is the only thing constant. We can either make a real hullabaloo of it or embrace it gracefully.  I have moved only a couple of times to different places. But I have moved houses about ten times. The very thought of packing your entire house in big black boxes is scary, though.

You successfully run and manage two blogs. How did you stumble into blogging?

Blogging isn’t new for me. I had started blogging even before my wedding. But then, I began the present blog to jot down the recipes I had tried in my kitchen. It then grew into much more after I started penning down stories, poems, and my life as an Army Wife. Now I am successfully managing two blogs – Kohl Eyed Me for travel related posts and Something’s Cooking for recipes and restaurant reviews.

Army is famous for its parties! That would put your cooking skills to good use! Any funny dinner anecdote or faux pa you recall?

I used to dread unexpected guests, especially the young officers banging on our door at one in the morning accompanied by the customary anthem, “Mam…….Coffee, please”. Sometimes, it would be a call from my husband saying he has met his coursemate and he would be home for lunch in another 30 minutes! The house in a mess, the kitchen full of dirty dishes and my mind would suddenly ponder over what I have in my pantry for preparing an easy snack or lunch. So yes, if not anything else, life in Army has taught me two things – to prepare a five-course meal in two hours and to be ready for a party in 15 mins- that too in a saree!!

Having been married for 3 years now to your soldier does packing, moving and unpacking still seem like a daunting task to you?

It is not anymore. We are expecting our posting soon and I think, the more organized you are with your packing, the easier the unpacking will be.

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 never chose any Packers and Movers in particular. It was all done by ourselves. I am always scared about the damage to my crockery and books and therefore is extra careful while packing. That is a daunting task. So I am open to trying EZMove for my next moving.

Do you have any funny anecdote or hilarious moving story?  And lastly, since you are a  moving pro, could you share a few tips or tricks with our readers?

It was always a solemn moment for us, especially packing the first home which you had meticulously set up. We always made sure that all our trunks had numbers and each one had a list, so we knew exactly what was where. When we moved things went back, everything went into the same boxes. We would jot down the contents in a notepad as well. There was always few boxes that contained the bare minimum, in case we had to move to a temporary accommodation in the next location.

We at EZMove.in wish Shalini all the very best for her blogs!

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Rendezvous With A Soldier’s Girl

After speaking to Shuchi Singh and Aditi Mathur, today we speak to another army wife turned author Swapnil Pandey! She is very excited as to speak to us about her and army life and her new book, Soldier’s Girl which has just been launched!

How has army life treating you? If possible could you tell us about some of the places in India where you have moved to.

Oh! It’s been wonderful. Lovely, adventurous, funny and mostly nostalgic especially when you shift bases all so frequently! I have been to Kolkata,Nashik,Jalandhar,Jammu and now Guwahati on postings.

Which of these places have you enjoyed the most and why? How many times have you moved house since you married?

I guess Deolali cantt. in Nasik. There was something in the air itself. The weather is awesome, grocery is cheap and Mumbai is 3hrs and Goa is an overnight journey. I mean what else you want from a fauji posting! Though I equally loved being in Fort Williams, Kolkata.

Have you been able to keep in touch with friends made along the way?

Keeping in touch with friends have never been easier (unless you talk about physical presence) We have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms which are very effective in maintaining the friendship. All my friends and relatives are connected with me online!

How does it feel living this “nomad” kind of life? How different is it from everyone else’s? Which one would you have preferred?

It’s pain sometimes, but mostly it’s thrilling. It’s surely different from everyone else’s as this nomadic life enhances your exposure and broadens your horizons which ultimately evolve you as a person.  You never have a  dull moment. Each city has something to offer to you. And so yeah! I would prefer this nomadic set up any day, over settling down in one city!

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For how long have you been blogging? How did you stumble into blogging? Please share your journey – ups and downs. 

You’d be amazed to know that I will complete 1 year in this April! My blog has some 93000+hits just in a year with audience all around the globe. I started just out of my passion for writing and  have had a positive experience!

Your new book ‘Soldier’s Girl’ is out now. Tell us about it!

The book is like a baby to the author so you got me all excited asking about it. See it’s a tale of a Para commando in love with a fashionista . Captain Aakash, Ananya  and Captain Anant plays lead protagonists. The entire narrative is through Ananya’s perspective who knows nothing about army but eventually realizes the real meaning of being an Army girlfriend.

The book starts from the college life of Ananya. It takes her to the Army world of brothers in arms and army wives –  only to be deserted later when the love of her life leaves for the war, that breaks out between India and Pakistan. There are many more interesting twists and turns to the book! You’ll have to read it to find out!

So many army wives are becoming authors/bloggers why do you think this trend is picking up?

I don’t think its a trend yet, but yes, army life has so much to offer to broaden one’s horizons! The life is certainly different and adventurous which at the end can be scripted into a book or a movie – may be! Haha!

Does packing, moving and unpacking still seem like a daunting task to you?

Oh yes, Ask me! It is! No words can describe the pain during shifting out and shifting in.

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?

It has always been some local packers and movers from the local area but yeah now that I know about something from the fraternity itself then surely I’d like to rely upon EZmove.

Do you have any funny anecdote or hilarious moving story? 

Well at one particular station the formal tea out and bid farewell from everyone in the unit took so long,  that we missed our flight! We had to return back and have another dinning out tea, before leaving the next day!!!

Lastly, since you are a  moving pro, could you share a few tips or tricks with our readers?

Keep a good thick diary and use it at the time of packing and moving with all the details. Then prepare your own purse with travel essentials tickets etc a week before the D day. And yes, don’t forget to write on all the boxes what’s inside! It helps, a lot! Trust me!!

We at EZMove.in wish Swapnil the very best for her book! Hope we get to read more from her soon!!

 

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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!