Like any immigrant away from family, we’re also questioning our future.

Like any immigrant away from family, we’re also questioning our future.

It all began in 2014 when my parents were on the lookout for a suitable match for me, which little did I know would transform my life in ways I could never have foreseen. A typical arranged marriage where a boy’s family gets introduced to a girl’s family by a common friend, Ankit was then working in Atlanta,so the thought of moving USA  was both exciting and nerve-wracking. However, our first overseas phone call was surprisingly pleasant.

We got engaged when he came to visit his parents in 2014, and before I knew it, I was married and moved to the United States. Adjusting to a new culture & way of life proved challenging in the initial months, & I struggled with homesickness & the loss of freedom. Nevertheless, we tried to make the most of it by exploring the country & new adventures.

In 2018, everything changed when I lost my father, and the devastating loss left me questioning everything. Despite my grief, I had to focus on practical matters such as visas and flights to reach my father’s funeral and be strong for my family. Due to my new job obligations, I could only stay with my mother for 2 weeks, and my younger sister, who was only 19 years old, had to cope with the loss alone.

Over time, Life was busy with work, kids & a dog. In 2021 we bought our first house but that happiness didn’t last long as my husband’s father passed away. Due to the international travel ban during the pandemic my husband could not travel to India to do the last rites of his father. Losing his father made us question our life here away from our loved ones.

Like any immigrant away from family, we’re also questioning our future. Should we stay in the US, far from our families, or return home? The decision is not easy, we hope that the decision we take gives us peace and satisfaction. 

When I look back, coming to the US has helped me grow, made me more self-reliant, mastered new skills, & created great friendships. I’ve built an online community of new age moms where I offer support and a sense of relatability to other moms.

We have created our own family here, away from the family we have. Life is unpredictable, and we never know what the future holds, but we’re taking it one day at a time.

"When I look back, coming to the US has helped me grow, made me more self-reliant, mastered new skills, & created great friendships."

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