Select chapters from Immigrant Transformed: From the Land of Coconuts to the Big Apple

Synopsis of My Book

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.