Uma is a well known local who loves to share her culture. She teaches Indian cooking classes at the ACEMV & Community Education on Martha’s Vineyard and is involved in the Martha’s Vineyard Kirtan Community. Uma’s husband discovered the island before he met her. They were married in 1988 and have two beautiful daughters. Her husband’s family owns a successful business and after some years of commuting they decided to settled down onthe islandand buy a house. Their family have been living on the island since 1993.
How was your cultural adaptation process? It wasn’t easy to start a new lifehere at the beginning and I went though a number of tough moments. I was only twenty years old. Once you start living in any new place you gradually learn how to adjust your life and go though the adaptation process.
Have you found a community here on the Island? The Vineyard has a great loving, and caring community that has accepted our family very well.
How do you find socializing with Americans? I am social person by nature and I keep my heart open. It wasn’t hard for me to find a common language with American.
What about language barriers? I don’t have any language barrier. I speak English fluently everyday with my friends from all over the world.
What kind of advice would you give to a new immigrant? This is the land of opportunities. If you work hard , sky is the limit!
What do you miss most about home? I do miss my extended family and being a part of our cultural and spiritual community there.
What is your definition of home? Its hard to say because I grew up in India, but home is where you make your life, and it was written in my destiny to be here and I am happy and thankful to be here.