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Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 15th February 2016


I have received so many questions with regard to whether or not I would retire to India that I feel I must resort to a general answer.

Even if I wished to retire to India it would be well nigh impossible in terms of Restrictions.
Buying - Bobby George discovered that if you wish to buy there you have to have an Indian partner owning 51%.

(Why on earth our Governments didn’t impose this rule heaven alone knows. It is fairly widespread regulation in many parts of the world. Had this rule been in place perhaps we would not have ‘black holes’ in London where property or potential build has been bought by speculators (largely Russian and Chinese). They do not live there, prices are pushed beyond the reach of the indigenous population and all manner of problems ensue – watch this space. Where are the Doctors, teachers, firemen etc. and so forth going to live. They are being pushed out further and further spending thousands on their Annual Rail Travel. The face of London has changed forever – we the indigenous people are outnumbered by foreigners. In a recent poll it showed that 55% of the people in London are not home grown and they can’t all be tourists.)

Renting is relatively inexpensive but there is a problem with Visas. I’m not sure about all the rules and regulations because they are complicated. You would get better advice contacting the Indian High Commission but I think the maximum stay is 3 months in any one visit.


Yes I would most definitely go back and though I’d love to meet again many of the lovely people we worked with during our sojourn last September, I want to visit Southern India where my Father was born and lived till he was 25. I would like to take a trip on the ratchet railway to Ooticamund (Queen of the Hill Stations)  or as Daddy always said ‘Ooti’ where they went up to the Hill stations during the oppressive heat in the plains. He was born in the Nilgiri Hills (Blue Mountains – is that why I love so much the Blue Mountains of Australia!) When he was 90 he expressed a wish to go back for a visit but the family dissuaded him – we wanted him to keep his memories and not have them spoiled.

LIVING I could not live in India full time (Visa restrictions aside) predominantly because of the heat and humidity – the latter being the killer. I spent my birthday with my son at Ayers Rock and the temperature was 40degrees but it was a dry heat which is much more bearable. And what would be the point of being in a country, fabulously rich in history, historic buildings and culture, if one were imprisoned in an Air conditioned apartment.

We were told that high summer in Jaipur the temperature goes to over 50 degrees – that and the accompanying humidity would be too much for me and I do love the heat.  After I've 'done' the architecture, history and culture at a venue, give me a beach, a book and the sea and I’m in seventh heaven.

I am absolutely delighted at all the emails I’ve received in which you say that “India has been on my/our bucket list – but now I/we are definitely going to visit”



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