Cost of living in Kolkata, India

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Latest price update: October 19, 2014.
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Food
Daily menu in the business district ₨184
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ₨241
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ₨110
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ₨37
12 eggs, large ₨62
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ₨35
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ₨118
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ₨114
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes ₨29
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ₨80
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ₨521
2 liters of Coca-Cola ₨68
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ₨17
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ₨18,935
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ₨1,968
Internet 8MB (1 month) ₨1,095
40” flat screen TV ₨32,273
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt ₨9,927
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ₨231
Hourly rate for cleaning help ₨211
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ₨4,445
1 summer dress in a chain store (Zara, H&M, ...) ₨2,091
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or similar) ₨3,027
1 pair of leather business shoes ₨2,291
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new ₨678,182
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ₨88
Monthly ticket public transport ₨294
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) ₨134
Personal Care
Medicine against cold for 6 days (Frenadol, Coldrex, ...) ₨151
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ₨218
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ₨150
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ₨320
4 rolls of toilet paper ₨95
Tube of toothpaste ₨71
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ₨175
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ₨624
2 tickets to the movies ₨291
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ₨1,018
Dinner out for two in Italian restaurant with wine and dessert ₨1,982
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ₨343
Capuccino in expat area of the city ₨160
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ₨140
iPod nano 16GB ₨9,345
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ₨1.00
1 month of gym membership in business district ₨1,288
1 package of Marlboro cigarretes ₨121

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