McMohan - 5:04 am on Aug 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
I have been living in Bangalore, India, for last 13 years, and I don't see major reasons not to like it
# good infrastructure - Currently its a chaos, but huge investment is being made to improve it, specially road and rail network. Should be good in 2-3 years.
# scenic beauty - Called a garden city and within 2-3 hours drive, there are many scenic places to visit.
# low cost of living - Real estate is relatively costly, but you can rent a decent 3 bedroom apartment for $400.
# pleasant weather (no extreme climates) - Bangalore scores the highest on this count.
# low or average taxes - In recent years, tax rates have dropped.
# fast internet access - Bandwidth options run up to 20mbps.
# political stability (no dictators and preferably non-nuclear) - It is nuclear, but as someone said earlier, fearing that is like fearing asteroid strike. Stable democratic government.
# easy entry for immigrants - Quite easy, except from a few countries
# friendly people (no racism) - Ask for a route, more than one person will come forward to guide you.
# a stable currency - Has been pretty stable.
# little or no red tape - If the investment is high, bureaucrats and politicians will want a piece of action. For individual webmasters, things should be pretty simple.
# business friendly atmosphere - Almost every multinational IT company has an office here.
# access to free or low-cost healthcare - After the IT boom, it is the low cost and high quality healthcare services that is making headlines now.
Mysore, which is just about 2-3 hours drive from Bangalore, is a good alternative, without the traffic and crowd. It is rated as the 2nd best city in India to live in.