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  • 30 Aug 2021 3:46 PM | Anonymous

    by Dhruv Jagan, 9th Grade, St. Johns High School

    Prologue

    Once upon a time, there were these 2 parents who had this crazy idea to drive across the country. Well, these 2 parents just happened to be mine! It happened just a few weeks ago, this summer of 2021. At first, I didn’t really want to go because I wanted to hang out with my friends here in my neighborhood. But after my mom told me that the scenery would be nice, and I could see some cool new places and, of course, the added incentive that I could use the pools at the places we would stay, I decided to go.

    I looked at the map that my father showed and the trip looked LOONNGG! We were going to take the Oregon Trail that traverses the north of the country starting from Massachusetts all the way to Oregon. We were going beyond Oregon to see my aunt in San Francisco. Basically, we had to cover the full 3,000 miles. To do that we decided we needed to drive around 8 hours every day. We also made sure to be flexible and have an open mind to accommodate my 3-year-old sister, Uruvi’s patience for the ride.

    STOP 1: NIAGARA FALLS

    Our first stop: Niagara Falls. When we reached Niagara Falls, we were stayed at this hotel called “Aarya Hotel,” which had an outdoor pool. We were excited to go and play in it. We rested, and the next day, we went to see Niagara Falls. I remember looking at it from the Canadian side, but this time, we looked at it from the American side. The first time I saw the falls I was amazed by Mother Nature! Having seen many smaller falls, this fall reminded me of the impact of the power of Mother Nature. We were about to leave, when my mom decided we should experience the Maid of the Mist ride. I was a bit skeptical about going because I had no idea what to expect. The last time I went on it was when I was 7 years old, so I didn’t remember what it was like. But my mom didn’t give us a choice, so we went. The next thing I knew, I was standing on the top deck of the boat. When we were on the boat, I felt a surge of happiness as we went near the falls and got super wet. It was really refreshing on that hot day. Even Uruvi liked it! I had never expected that we would go so close to the falls! We were so close to the falls that the whole boat was engulfed in mist. I couldn’t see anything but mist around me!! There were moments where I felt like I was in a whole different world.

    Next stop: The windy city, Chicago!

    This article is part of a series that details my experiences on our cross-country road trip across the different states.


    STOP 2: CHICAGO

    Route to ChicagoOur last night at Niagara Falls, I did a Google maps search of the distance between Niagara Falls and Chicago. 556 miles, 8.5 hours! The big question; will Uruvi be able to handle going to Chicago as well? She was enjoying the car ride and she was overall comfortable. She was also happy and excited, and she didn’t want to go back home because of the swimming pools. Knowing my mom, I was dead sure that she would say “If we start something, we should finish it”. So as I guessed sitting on that hotel bed, without thinking twice, she decided we are going to continue. We got in the car, ready to head to Chicago. I was mainly excited to go because my elementary school teacher and our former neighbor, who is from Chicago, had recommended an awwesssome place to eat the world-famous Chicago style deep dish pizza!

    The drive was uneventful nature-wise as we didn’t see much scenery on this part of the car drive compared to the last one. But it was still fun to see different cars and trucks. We even played a game called the word game, where someone starts with with a random word, and the next person has to say a word that starts with the last letter of the word that the person said before. It was fun, but it got boring after a while. Totally not because I couldn’t find some words….J  Anyhow, I was watching YouTube on the iPad when we had to take a break to eat. We all didn’t know what to eat, so we just got quick subs from Subway. When we arrived at our hotel, we saw that there was this very nice Mexican restaurant just across from our hotel called “La Fogata.” We arrived late, so we ate there.

    The next morning, my mom had another 5-hour meeting which she needed to attend undisturbed . My dad saw this natural history museum near us, so we decided to go there. We arrived and it took us a while to find it (somehow) because it was a little bit hidden. We paid for our tickets, and as soon as we entered, it was like a WHOLE DIFFERENT WORLD. There were so many dinosaur skeletons, bugs and beetles, and even an underground, ancient Egyptian maze! We first saw all different kinds of bugs and beetles. They were all so creepy and crawly, I would probably get nightmares if one of them came into my bed. After that, we wanted to go see a presentation about history, but you had to pay again to go through it, so we just went through the Egyptian maze. It showed us many things including King Tut’s golden covered tomb, how they built the pyramid, and more! After that, the gem exhibit. A rare GemstoneThis one contained all the different kinds of gems, shiny, and non-shiny. I personally liked the ruby and the blue sapphire the most, since they were my favorite colors. My brother liked the diamond and, well, my sister liked everything! We didn’t want to eat there, so we went to this very big hall, in which many people were taking pictures with dinosaur skeletons that couldn't fit in the normal exhibit. There was a giant brachiosaurus and a T-rex.

    Chicago Skyline and my momSelfie with BrachiosaurusWhen we arrived back, my mom had set us up for a boat ride at the Navy Pier, which was just going to do a big circle in Lake Michigan. I was a bit tired from the museum, but my mom dragged me out. When we arrived there, we got onto the boat and saw an amazing view of Lake Michigan. It didn’t take long before the boat was on its way. When we were about halfway through the sail, the sun was setting, and we saw the amazing skyline of Chicago. At that exact moment, my friends facetimed me!! I answered and told them I was on a boat, and I also showed them the skyline. They told me that it looked sick and told me don’t drop the phone.

    Deep Dish PizzaAt the end of the day, we decided to have some yummy, mouthwatering deep-dish pizza at this place called Gino’s Pizza. It was recommended by my 4th grade teacher and former neighbor, Mrs. Spangenberg, who hails from Chicago. You could actually write your names on the wall, so no one can forget that you were there. My father kept listening to songs from the Blues brothers, an old time Hollywood classic which highlights Chicago with the song “Sweet Home Chicago”. I kinda liked the tune but after a few times I was done! And that, my friends, is what we did, in the amazing city of Chicago.

    Next stop: Sioux Falls

  • 28 Aug 2021 12:39 PM | Anonymous

    A poem by Asha Singh, ISW Cultural and Language School Teacher


    क्यों भूलता है मन

      कुछ क्षण का है जीवन,

    आशाएँ पूरी कर ले

        कुछ बन सके तो बन

    निज स्वार्थ को भुला कर

       कोई काम ऐसा कर,

    मन की ज्योति जलाकर

        तू पथ आलोकित कर

    दूजे का सहारा बन जा

         लालच से परे हो कर ,

    कदमों में गगन तेरे होगा

        जीवन की डगर  पर

    जीवन के पल हैं सीमित

      सॉसें हैं  गिनी चुनी ,

    सब पाने की चाहत में

         ये बात ना तूने सुनी

    ना जाने कौन सा पल ये

         संदेशा ले के आए ,

    जीवन तो हुआ ये पूरा

          अब मौत  तुझे अपनाए

    दो पल के इस जीवन को

          है सार्थक तुझे बनाना ,

    लोगों के हृदय सुमन में

         खुशबू बन के बस जाना

    आशा

    Why do you forget,

    That the life is short,

    Fulfill your hopes.

    Be something if possible,

    Do not be selfish,

    Do good deeds for others,

    By using flame of thought.

    Enlighten good path to all.

    Be supportive to others,

    Without any greed,

    And In the path of your life.

    All will appreciate you.

    And to grab everything,

    You did not notice that,

    The breaths are counted,

    And limited are the moments of life.

    Don't know which moment,

    will bring the message,

    That this is the end of life,

    And death is ready to adopt.

    Prove the worth of your life,

    The life of numbered moments.

    By settling down as fragrance

    In the heart of the people.

    Asha


  • 16 Aug 2021 1:32 PM | Anonymous

    A poem by Tharegha Manoharan

    Let’s talk about tests,
    Standardized tests.
    Those tests teachers hand out,
    That make students doubt,
    Their entire life route.

    Education is the purpose for school,
    It’s supposed to give us the tools,
    To go fight the wrong,
    Out there, and strong.

    We learn math, science,
    English, and social science.
    But most importantly,
    We fail to realize,
    The life lessons our kid applies.

    Learning to say please and thank you,
    And acknowledging all the views,
    Growing up to right the wrong,
    And making sure everyone feels belonged,
    Is not taught with pencils and erasers,
    But by making sure we are all dream chasers.

    Grades. It depends on the day.
    One day, you might get an A,
    Maybe you were happy ‘cause your cold went away.
    But another day, you could be upset,
    And get a score that you regret.

    But it doesn’t matter.
    Who cares about your science grade,
    If you are always afraid.
    Who cares about your math scores,
    If you grow up to be a citizen who ignores.
    Who cares about your MCAS trends,
    If you can’t be a good friend.

    If you can recognize the wrong from the right,
    And gather to knowledge to fight,
    Trust me,
    Then only is it right for your degree.

    Some might say and long,
    For grades, as they are the path to success,
    Of course, they are not wrong,
    But there are other ways to progress.
    Knowledge and education,
    Instead of solely requirements for graduation.

    Assimilation and application,
    For the real world,
    Is more important,
    Than the letters on your documentation.

    We should study, study hard,
    And never disregard,
    Criticism.
    But we should learn to laugh,
    Even at our own witticisms.

    So send your children to school,
    Not for the grades, not for the trophies,
    Not for the future salary, not for the low fees,
    But for the apt fuel,
    They need to face the cruel.

    Students, when you study for your test,
    Do it for the want of information possessed.
    Don’t do it for the grade,
    That you think will determine how you get paid.
    Complete your everyday assignments,
    For fine knowledge refinement.
    Don’t do it for the score,
    But because you want to explore.

    Dear mom, dear dad,
    We always want you to be proud and glad,
    But we also want to be content,
    And it doesn’t always come from our average percent.

    So come and explore with me,
    The things that guarantee,
    My happiness for a thousand more years,
    And I promise I will persevere and never fear.

    I will do my best,
    And make the world a better place,
    I will listen to everyone suggest,
    And work toward the betterment of the human race.


  • 16 Aug 2021 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    By Tanvi Gahlot, ISW Youth Reporter

    “What do you want to be when you grow up?” every high schoolers nightmare, or not? This question may seem haunting at first, but it gives students an opportunity to think about what we are interested in. In the following interview. Ms. Rhea Vyas, an IYG alumni and Worcester elementary teacher talks about the field of education, it’s challenges, and it’s rewards.

    Tanvi Gahlot: What advice would you give to high schoolers who are interested in having a future career in education, like you?

    Rhea Vyas: One of the reasons I went into the field of education was because I was very passionate about making an impact and teaching kids. Although sometimes teaching young kids might seem like an easy job, it actually requires a lot of effort. You need to be willing to put the needs of 20-30 kids before yours and have the patience to help each of those kids. So my main piece of advice would be to ask yourself “are you willing to put yourself in uncomfortable positions?” and also to ask yourself “why do you want to go into the field of education”. At the end if you are truly passionate about it, then the job becomes fun and enjoyable each day.

    Tanvi Gahlot: How important do you believe having a focused education through high school is?

    Rhea Vyas: I think it’s very important. Personally I didn’t know I wanted to go into teaching till my senior year of high school, because of this I always dreaded the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?”. Throughout high school I juggled between different fields of science, business, and law. However, I did know that I was very passionate about working with kids. I eventually decided on pursuing it as a career during my senior year, even though it had been my passion since I was a young child. Also, being a South Asian it seems as though your options are very limited to being an engineer, doctor, or business woman; and I just felt that I was never represented in a teacher I had. This also motivated me into eventually deciding on the field of education as my career.

    Tanvi Gahlot: How would you describe your first year of teaching, considering it was very different due to Covid?

    Rhea Vyas: I teach in the main south side of Worcester, which is one of the most low income, poverty ridden schools in the state. This means that many of my students are homeless or have issues with parental custody and some even live with up to 2-3 families in one apartment. These kids have lots of challenges in their background, but these challenges don’t define who they are. Throughout the year I taught first graders (5-6 year old) and these kids don’t let their home life, their family, and their challenges define them. For all the kids around the county this was a very difficult year, where we started off completely remote up till March. This was also difficult for me because I wasn’t just teaching 20 students, I was teaching 20 students and their families who were all listening to what I was saying.

    Tanvi Gahlot: What led you to pick your particular grade that you teach?

    Rhea Vyas: Well since I am an elementary I have a teaching licence which will allow me to teach any grades from first to sixth. So when I applied for a job at the school they had an opening for a first grade teacher. In a sense I have some choice in the grades I teach, but I don’t get to pick from between first to sixth.

    Tanvi Gahlot: What hobbies do you have that allow you to get your mind off work?

    Rhea Vyas: Considering that most days involve 12-16 hours of preparation for the following day(s) I didn’t get much time for hobbies. However, I did learn the importance of balance and did end up developing some hobbies which include traveling and painting by numbers. I especially like the very detailed ones because they give me something to focus on.

  • 6 Jul 2021 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    Hello everyone! My name is Ayan Mishra. Here is the story of how I adopted my first dog, Muffin, along with some tips on how you can adopt yours!

    I’ve always been an animal lover, ever since my childhood. I was in love with TV shows like “Dinosaur Train”, where I learned about ….well dinosaurs. I went on to read more about them and even bought a few encyclopedias. As a kid, I always wanted to have a pet animal. Since I couldn’t get a velociraptor, I settled on a dog! I started pestering my parents for a pet dog since I was 6 years old. My mom always said no because she thought I wasn’t old enough to take care of it. She would always say I could get one when I turned 10. Since she never had a dog before, she felt she needed to get mentally prepared for all the licking and getting used to having another family member. But mind you, my dad had two dogs (German Shepherds) when he was growing up as a kid. I had the majority on my side. It was only about convincing my mom, which took me some time. And when I say some time, it actually took me 4 full years to convince her! Well, as they say, slow and steady wins the race. So did I!

    When I turned 9, I immediately started searching for dogs; I looked up popular dogs that are good for beginners. Most of the websites listed Labrador Retrievers as the number one dog! I researched about them, what they looked like, what they ate, how big they were and what colors they were available in. After all the research, I settled on adopting a yellow lab puppy. To continue the process, I created a Google document and listed all the breeders all over the East Coast and started calling them for availability. To my surprise, none of the breeders had any available lab pups left. Zero! Zilch! Nothing! Except for one breeder in New Hampshire. I called them up and we got in 11th in line to adopt one. I was excited when I heard this, but also a little disappointed to be so late in the line. I kept looking, and realized some other breeders that I contacted were scammers and puppy mills. Puppy mills are mass breeders that keep their puppies in horrible conditions; most of them are also sick and develop issues later on. Since Labradors were the number 1 dog breed, there were a lot of puppy mills for them. I tried staying away from breeders like those.

    In April this year when I got the call from the breeder, they told me we did not make it in line to adopt the puppy. I was very disappointed and started my search all over again. Most of the breeders for labs were booked until 2022. That was when I realized we had to choose a different breed.

    I realized that I should search for smaller dogs because they need less exercise, attention and are easier to train. I found 2 breeds that I liked - the Maltese and the Shih Tzu. As I started researching about them, I fell in love with these small puppies! After all the deliberation, I chose the (drum roll please) Shi Tzu! The name Shih Tzu means little lion in Mandarin. I found Shih Tzu puppies on greenfieldpuppies.com; a great website where you can find dogs from the African Boerboel to the Yorkshire terrier. My mom researched while I was at school and I researched after I finished my homework. We found a litter of 5 from one of the Shih Tzu breeders in Pennsylvania. When we called them, we found out only one puppy was left and the breeder named her Muffin. We also saw a Maltese puppy and his name was Ollie. I showed both the puppies to my dad and he recommended calling both the breeders. When my mom called both the breeders, we found out that Muffin was available for adoption but Ollie’s breeder didn’t answer.

    We checked when we could go and get Muffin and it was Memorial Day weekend the following week. We had the time to take the long trip. Woo hoo! Then the Maltese breeder answered, but it was unfortunately too late. We had already made up our minds and were going for Muffin. I was in disbelief that was actually going to get a dog after all these years!!! We had to drive all the way to Pennsylvania and I was ready for it! The day before we left, we got all the important dog stuff such as toys, food, bed, crate, etc. from Petco. I was so excited when we were at the breeder’s doorstep. When we called the breeder she came outside holding Muffin. She was the cutest furball! My parents were looking at the papers and asking questions while I was playing with her. She was running super fast. Then I put her on a leash. She hated it and began chewing on it; running around to get it off. Then she walked up to the breeder’s pet cat because she wanted to play. The cat ignored her and walked away. Then we got her to the car along with her leash, collar, food, toy and papers. We took her outside to go to the bathroom before the long drive home. As it was raining, we had to take a wet dog home in the car. At the beginning, she was a little scared because she had never been in the car before, especially with total strangers. She slept within 30 minutes into the drive but woke up a lot because of the bumps. Then she threw up! We got worried and called the breeder; she said that Muffin was just carsick. She slept again and we gave her some toys to chew on. When we got home, Muffin looked around and got settled. We gave her some more toys and fed her. The first few days, she woke up 1 to 2 times in the middle of the night.

    Now Muffin is fully adjusted at home and sleeps through the night. She loves to meet new people, chew on her leash, my flip-flops and everything else. And she loves to play all the time.

    Before we wrap up my story about adopting my first dog, let me give you a few important tips as you consider your own.

    1.    Start by getting permission from your parents.

    2.    Research a breed you like. Get a few backup breeds just in case.

    3.    Find a breeder on greenfieldpuppies.com website that has litters. Someone you can trust.

    4.    Expand the radius of your search if you cannot find something nearby.

    5.    Talk to them and confirm the litter availability and pay the deposit.

    6.    Get your essentials ready like food and water, bowls, toys, bed, crate, poop bags, pee pads (need those), a collar, leash and id tags.

    7.    Pick your puppy and take it home.

    8.    Have fun!

    Ayan Mishra is 10 years old and lives in Shrewsbury with his mom and dad. He is going to the 6th grade and is an avid swimmer and likes to play basketball and tennis.


  • 6 Jul 2021 11:10 AM | Anonymous
    by Nagendra Rao


    Her graceful moves
    Soothes sore eyes
    Her ethereal quietness
    Calms raging minds
    Her peaceful swish
    Brushes away fears
    Her motherly calm
    Wipes away tears
    Her protective demeanor
    Gives strength and resolve
    Her peaceful glance
    Sweeps worries away
    Her silent speed
    Inspires noble action
    Her serene beauty
    Elicits wondrous awe
    Her graceful reach
    Brings new hope….
    She uplifts minds and hearts
    A beacon of cheer on a cold snowy lake.

  • 28 Jun 2021 6:27 PM | Anonymous

    by Ragoo Raghunathan

    The first meetup of the ISW Professional and Entrepreneurial Networking (PEN) initiative was held at the newly renovated India Center on Saturday, June 12th, 2021 at 11 am. Over 20 attendees from Shrewsbury, Northboro, Southboro, Westboro, Grafton and Worcester attended the nearly two hour meeting. The attendees were accomplished professionals from diverse fields such as Computer Science, Information Technology, STEM, Medicine, Education as well as small business owners. They shared their backgrounds and how they could contribute to the community.

    A previous brainstorming session had generated over 100 ideas in 10 different categories. These ideas and some suggested activities to get the initiative started were presented to the group.  Some of the activities that would be launched immediately were:

    • Work from Home @ISW Thursdays, allowing ISW members who worked from home a change in scenery by providing free access to ISW Center on Thursdays.
    • Monthly Meet-ups that would include seminars and workshops
    • Programs to help members with through mentorship,
    • Presentations on investing in a franchise,
    • Educational sessions around financial planning

    The goal of the PEN Initiative is to utilize the ISW India Center as a hub to bring together and engage professionals in the Metro West region by providing programs and activities that encourage professional growth and entrepreneurial activities. The next meeting is scheduled for July 10th, and will be led by Kelly Mittal, Founder & CEO, myKidzDay Child Care App & Early Childhood Technology Consultant (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mykidzday/).

    Please feel free to contact us at pen@iswonline.org to let us know if you would like to join us and participate in our PEN activities. Click here to register for the July 10th event.

  • 20 Jun 2021 11:29 PM | Anonymous

    By Tanvi Gahlot, ISW Youth Reporter

    In this interview I spoke with Professor Jagan Srinivasan, a professor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) where he teaches students Biology and Neuroscience. In our conversation he described the basics of teaching and the importance of giving back to the community.

    Tanvi Gahlot: What would you look for in a high school or college student if you were to hire them to work in your lab in the summer?

    Prof. Jagan Srinivasan: I would look for interest and motivation. Expertise is not required for my lab.

    Tanvi Gahlot: Do you need a PhD to work in your lab after graduation or are there opportunities for students with other degrees?

    Prof. Jagan Srinivasan: No, people of all types and ages are welcome in my lab. Ranging from a retired person to a young middle schooler or even a high schooler. As I said earlier there are no qualifications, however, your interest to find something new is key. You need to have a “kid in a candy store” mentality, your curiosity must drive you. It basically comes down to being interested in finding out and seeing how science works.

    Tanvi Gahlot: What advice would you give to high schoolers who are interested in having a future career in teaching, like you?

    Prof. Jagan Srinivasan: My one piece of advice is don’t think of life as a straight path. Everyone learns at some point or another that it’s never a straight path, you need to go through all the zig-zags and curves. As long as you're able to maintain honesty in your profession, a little bit of enthusiasm, the ability to bounce back, and don’t be demotivated by hurdles. I believe that the field of teaching is one of the more noble professions because you are influencing future minds. For instance, as doctors and engineers discover new things, teachers put in those seeds of curiosity which lead to these discoveries. So as a teacher we are responsible for cultivating these seeds and creating curiosity in young minds. For example, Steve Jobs, one of the most famous figures in the STEM field had an interesting background when it came to college. He went to a community college and knew he wanted to make computers, but he wasn’t interested in any of the classes about computers or the science behind computers. So he decided to wander around and ended up attending an art class about fonts, this class allowed him to develop some of the best fonts for Apple.

    Tanvi Gahlot: What hobbies do you have that allow you to get your mind off work?

    Prof. Jagan Srinivasan: Outside of work I love doing a lot of things such as running, cooking, and doing puzzles. I especially enjoy solving 1,000 piece puzzles with my family as a family activity.

    Tanvi Gahlot: What led you to pick your particular topic that you teach?

    Prof. Jagan Srinivasan: Although this might strike some people as odd, but when I pick a subject to teach I don’t look for something I know a lot about. This makes me a student of the subject as well, which is beneficial for me since I myself am curious about the topic, so I am motivated to learn and teach about the topic to others.

    Tanvi Gahlot: You’ve been volunteering at ISW and also been the general secretary and currently the vice president, what are your thoughts on the importance of giving back to the community?

    Prof. Jagan Srinivasan: I personally don’t join ISW to be the vice president or secretary, because that is just a title; I mostly volunteer because it completes me. For example, if we look back at ancient times it can be found that our body was not created to do one major activity, it was created to do 2 major activities. One of them is called “क्रिया (kriya)”, this would include things like providing for our family, working, earning money, basically doing things for our benefit. However, the other activity is called “कर्मा (karma)”, this would include things like volunteering and giving back to the community, basically doing things selflessly and not expecting something for the work you’ve done.

  • 20 Jun 2021 10:22 PM | Anonymous

    by Rajesh Khare

    For a fun hike, Mount Wachusett is the Goldilocks of mountains - not too difficult for beginners and not too easy for experienced hikers. Less than 35 minutes from India Center, at 2006 feet of elevation, Wachusett offers panoramic views to Boston in the East, Mount Monadnock to the North and Mount Greylock to the West.

    Around 35 to 40 intrepid hikers, including several young kids, met at the trailhead near the Wachusett Mountain Ski Area. At 70 F and sunny, it felt like the perfect weather for a hike. We took the Balance Rock trail which led to a set of photogenic glacial boulders stacked on top of each other. Then we followed the Old Indian Trail to the summit. Along the way, we crossed some ski slopes, saw many families and hikers with dogs and finally climbed up a steep section towards the end. The view at the top was spectacular! We had lunch and snacks by a beautiful pond near the summit, took pictures and then hiked back down the same path to the parking lot with plenty of time to spare for the rest of the day. In the end many people asked about the next hike, so we hope to have a larger group on the next hike we organize.

    Thanks to all of you who were able to join and make this a memorable event. For everybody else, we hope to see you at the next outdoor activity!

    Photos courtesy: Rajesh Khare, Sakshi


      



  • 17 Jun 2021 9:59 AM | Anonymous

    Nalini Goyal
    July 15, 1954 - June 14, 2021

    Nalini Goyal, a beloved member of the ISW community who is remembered fondly by many for her service, passed away peacefully at home on June 14, 2021, surrounded by her husband, children and grandchildren.

    Daughter of Jaswant Singh Sanghi and Sumitra Sanghi, she grew up in Jaipur along with her 3 beloved sisters, a caring younger brother, and host of extended family. Her dramatic flair and vivacious personality gave her the family nickname ‘Bubble’ for life. She was extremely fortunate to find her soulmate in Arvind Goyal, with whom she built a mutually loving and respectful lifelong partnership. They moved to the US from Bombay, first to Michigan then Rochester before finally settling in Massachusetts which they considered their forever home.

    Living in the United States shaped the way she thought and gave her the freedom to develop her identity and realize her true potential. This was realized in her many accomplishments, earning the distinction of valedictorian of her class at Becker Junior College, the founding of the ISW Cultural School, her entrepreneurial venture of Nalini’s Creations, her support of Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence as Gala committee chair, as an Advocate for the Domestic Violence Services Network and finally to her true calling at Gifts of Hope Unlimited, where her empathy for victims of domestic violence intersected with her entrepreneurial and creative talents, and her unique ability to bring people together. By far, her biggest accomplishment is the web of love she wove across the world.

    She is survived by her husband, Arvind, son Siddhartha, daughter Vandana and her husband, Sumeet, and grandchildren, Samar and Siena.

    A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 19th at 11 am at the ISW India Center, 152 Main St. Shrewsbury.  In lieu of flowers, gifts in Nalini’s honor may be made to Gifts of Hope Unlimited at www.giftsofhopeunlimited.org

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