In this memoir, Ammini Moorthy, PHD shares a unique perspective on the joys and struggles of everyday life and the difficulties of adapting to a different culture. She is an immigrant who came to this country from a small village in Kerala, INDIA, in the 1960s, after getting married to a total stranger by an arranged marriage. She worked hard to become a well-educated professional, a loving mother, a good wife, and a doting grandmother. 

Immigrant
Transformed

Vox clamantis in deserto
Vox clamantis in deserto
2023-10-08
A delightful and most amazing adventure and life Ammini writes in a style that brings many chuckles and amazement as she takes the reader on an adventure though her life. Starting with a description of her childhood in rural India, her survival in a tough Catholic school, her arranged marriage, and then pursuing a successful life in the United States, she shows how with effort and determination, and the support of a large extended family, she achieved the ambitious goals she set for herself. There are certainly ups and downs, happiness and sadness, but overall a remarkable resilience in her story that provides inspiration.
Liz Malone
Liz Malone
2023-08-14
Enjoyed her story of courage, strength and never giving up on her dream. Loved the stories of growing up in India. Her courage, strength and tenacity in never giving up her dream was very inspiring.
Diwakar
Diwakar
2023-05-14
Inspiring and uplifting memoir of an immigrant navigating the complexities of American culture! Ammini Moorthy's memoir, "Immigrant Transformed" is a captivating and insightful account of the immigrant experience that will resonate with readers on many levels. With her clever and perceptive storytelling, Moorthy shares a unique perspective on the joys and struggles of everyday life as well as the difficulties of adapting to a new culture. Her memoir is both humorous and poignant, offering readers a glimpse into the complexities of the immigrant experience.Her story is sure to inspire readers of all backgrounds.
Bidhan P Chaudhuri
Bidhan P Chaudhuri
2023-05-12
A very well written, must read for all... Young individuals who need a strong role model to show how far one can follow their ambitionThose who need to understand how to support ambitious individuals in their livesImmigrants who need to embrace the culture of their adopted country while also keeping in touch with (and giving back to) where they came from.
Anne M. Langsdorf
Anne M. Langsdorf
2023-03-28
Fascinating account of a childhood in India Thoroughly enjoyed this personal account of the transition from one culture to another.
Jeanne Lamphier Benton
Jeanne Lamphier Benton
2023-03-23
A memoir that will uplift your spirits This memoir is a remarkable collection of life stories told by Ammini Moorthy, who immigrated from India to the US at the start of an arranged marriage and fulfilled her dream of becoming a university professor. As if there needed to be more challenges adjusting to the American way of life and academia as an immigrant of color, she and her husband, Sam, traverse the perils of parenting two kids together without the support of village life in India. Throughout all her adventures and challenges, she gives full credit to her husband, Sam, for her successes.Moothy's writing style is entertaining and authentic. One can "hear" her voice. Not only does she describe events and scenes with a healthy distance, but she also chooses exciting details that bring her world alive to the reader. The physical and spiritual landscape of Kerala is palpable. Her sense of humor, introspection, and self-deprecating humor carry the reader through her sometimes-tumultuous life. Moorthy's descriptions of growing up in Kerala are hilarious. I read passages to my grandchildren, who were spellbound by the adventures of young Ammini. She quickly became a heroine in their eyes; her indomitable spirit is what persists today.Ammini Moorthy is not only transformed by cultural differences as she adjusts to the American way of life but also changes the world and friends around her with her persistent and upbeat attitude that transcends continents. Moorthy's intellectual strength and work ethic propelled her beyond those roles accepted and available to women, let alone women of color. I also recommend this to anyone who appreciates the story of the changing role of women over the last fifty years.
Peg McInnes
Peg McInnes
2023-03-07
A Life Well Lived Ammini Moorthy's "Immigrant Transformed" is a delight to read. I was not only impressed with her personal and professional life but with the incredible detail. She, indeed, has an marvelous memory. One of the aspects of her life was her devotion to teaching and to her students. We need more like Ammini today.
Inka
Inka
2023-02-28
A remarkable account of the experiences of an immigrant and the accomplishments in the end. An inspiring and uplifting memoir of an immigrant’s challenges and struggles, to fit in a new world and succeed. Immigrants, not just from India to America, but from any country where they have grown up to a new one. The humor and honesty, woven into Dr. Moorthy’s writings, the description of the experiences while growing up in a pampered environment, the difficulties that comes with fitting in, touches all us who are immigrants. The adrenaline rush when Dr. Moorthy got her PhD and the difficulties of raising children are all described in such a fashion that you see it playing out in front of your eyes.
Nicholas Kleinschmidt
Nicholas Kleinschmidt
2023-02-27
Educational and fun to read! This is a delightful book of stories and memories of a rich life intensely lived by a courageous and intelligent woman who made the journey with her barely acquainted husband to this completely unknown country. As an immigrant myself, I could relate to many of the joys and trials Ammini went through. On the other hand, her vivid memories of that beautiful homeland Kerala were completely unknown to me and perhaps many others. Leaving that rich heritage for an American life in New Jersey, learning the strange ways of that society, getting her PhD and, achieving her dream of teaching as a tenured professor at Wagner College - all this while enthusiastically fulfilling her challenging roles as wife to her steadfast husband and mother of her two children, is a remarkable achievement, told with such energy that reading the memoir is like sitting opposite her and listening to her lilting voice. I heartily recommend this book. Readers will feel, not only that they have participated in a wonderful adventure, but have also acquired a fascinating new friend in the process. - Beatrice Leiva.
Sudha Warrier PhD
Sudha Warrier PhD
2023-02-10
A Great Read! This memoir resonated with me at multiple levels: -as that of an immigrant, an educated successful professional, an ambitious woman and a loving mother and grandmother. Born and raised in a highly educated traditional Kerala family, Dr. Moorthy arrived in the US as a result of an arranged marriage to a man she had barely met for a few minutes. The culture shock is immense, but she does not forsake her dreams of getting her PhD or making it to the top of her profession. Her determination is even more remarkable, considering the attitudes that prevailed in India and even in the US then.From the public water fountain with its invisible switch to the “peep shows” in Times Square of 1960s and seventies, her encounters with the American culture are described with humor and honesty. “I am Minny” our protagonist coaches her American friends who struggle with her name, Ammini. Her husband on the other hand had to submerge his name Sundaram into “Sam” to navigate the new culture.She is neither bitter nor angry about the faculty member who hires her because she is a “two for one”, ka black and a woman, but she does not forget the disparagement. Instead, she goes on to become a full professor at Wagner College. She showed him all right!She successfully balances her personal and professional life at a time when work-life balance was unheard of. I cheered for her when she outwits a student who named himself Ayatollah and foils a major cheating scam at NYU. I laughed out loud reading about her children’s teenage years, and heaved a sigh of relief when they became well-adjusted successful adults. One truth that shimmers throughout is her deep love for her husband Sam. Sam is decades ahead of his time, truly supportive of her education and career goals. He fully deserves the PHT (Pulling Her Through) title that the family bestows upon him.This book is also a travel through time chronicling the changes in US attitudes towards immigrants and while the immigrant has been transformed by the country, so has the US been transformed by the immigrant.

Synopsis

I am the youngest of seven children born and grew up as part of a large joint-Brahmin family in a small village in the state of Kerala in India. After getting educated in English Medium in a Catholic Missionary School I got married, according to tradition, by an arranged marriage, to a perfect stranger from the USA. Being a Brahmin boy from Kerala, he had come back to Kerala seeking a suitable bride. In the blink of an eye, I was in New Jersey USA with my husband and was getting exposed to cultural, social, and domestic challenges. My transformation started that led me to an emotional roller- coaster ride with anger, sadness, frustration, confusion, and depression but finally I was able to step out with determination and acceptance. Fulfilling my dreams, I went on to do graduate study at NYU in Manhattan, attained a Ph.D. in Cell Biology and got the privilege of teaching for many years in the Liberal Arts College Wagner in NY. After 57 years, I am still happily married to the same person, have raised two children, a son, and a daughter, who are happily married, and I am blessed with three grandsons.

After teaching for 10 years, I attained full professorship, and after 34 years retired as Professor Emeritus. My husband also had retired, and we moved out of NJ and are now living in the Eastman Community in the town of Grantham, NH to be close to our daughter who is now living in Vermont.

Three Excerpts From The Book