Welcome to our family pages, which have pictures of those we love. Only family members have access to this page.
As we get pictures of everyone, we will upload them to this site, so we can see each other a little more often and get to know one another better. We don't have pictures of everyone so if you have some you want to share with family, send them to Ravi and Susan please.
Check the white print on the maps below to see where we all are!
Below is some information and a list of us. To see some folks on the list, click on their names and it will take you to the page where their photos are, or where their photos will be when we get one. Hope we get everyone's soon!
Ravi and Susan
Ravi's father's family hails from a district on the border of the Indian states of Maharashtra and Karnataka, an area known as Gulbarga. Ravi's mom, Vaihini, was raised in Hyderabad, a large city in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Her oldest daughter, Nanda lives there now with her husband Uday and daughter Richa.
Most of Ravi's brothers and sisters grew up in the state of Karnataka, in the town of Bangalore. Bangalore was called "Pensioner's Paradise" by the Brits who chose to retire there for its favorable climate. Now Bangalore is a bustling city leading India's hi-tech revolution. Ravi's sister Sandhya, her husband Anil and son Varun live there now.
Eldest brother Avinash lives just outside of the large port city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) in a town called Virar with his wife Vaiju, son Aditya, and the matriarch of the family, Ravi's mom Vaihini. Avi also often has to be away to work as a physician in the village of Bira.
Hema, Ravi's sister, a teacher, married Ravishanker, and so moved to Chennai where he owns and runs a cybercafe.
Ravi, Raju, and Rahul all now live in the US, in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Seattle respectively.
Ravi's mom, Vaihini
Ravi's family when the kids were young
Ravi's oldest brother, Avinash's family, with his wife Vaiju and son Aditya
Ravi's oldest sister, Nanda's family, with husband Uday and daughter Richa
Ravi's sister Hema and her husband, Ravishanker
Ravi's sister Sandhya's family, with husband Anil and son Varun
Ravi's brother, Raju
Ravi's brother, Rahul's family, with wife Uma, son Nikhil, and daughter Nayha
Susan's father's family was from Harrisburg originally until his grandfather Daniel, a school principal, moved to Allentown. His mother's family goes back to Red Hill, where great-grandma Susan Dietrich is from. Susan's daughter, Fay, was his mother, and his father was Gilbert.
Susan's mother's family is from Allentown (mom's father) and MacAdoo (mom's mother). Allentown is the 4th largest city in Pennsylvania. MacAdoo is a small town in "upstate" Pennsylvania in the coal regions. Susan's grandma's mother, Cora Ellen wanted her daughters to marry well, so she successfully urged her husband to move to Allentown, a town of prosperous businessmen.
Susan's parents, Gilbert and Lucille, most often called Lucy and Gil, grew up in Allentown and still live there, friends with people they have known since school days. Her father, now retired, owned his own cast-stone business for many years, and also worked in the textile industry. He has enjoyed boating in his Grumman sportcanoe with the 6 HP engine in back, fishing, and the outdoors in general. Her mother worked as a secretary and home maker, and enjoys flower arrangement, reading, and doing crossword puzzles. As a family, they all traveled a bit, summers at the New Jersey shore, New England by motorhome, and some fall weekends on a lake in Reeders, Pennsylvania, a small town in the Pocono mountains.
Like her parents, Susan grew up in Allentown too. Formerly an industrial city with Mack Trucks, Bethlehem Steel, Pennsylvania Power and Light, Western Electric/AT&T, Allentown is now redefining its economy and focusing on service businesses. Allentown used to be a fairly provincial town of Pennsylvania Dutch people (descendents of German settlers) but its ethnic profile is becoming very mixed now, due to its proximity to New York City. NYC pays people on welfare to move out of the city, so many come here. Also, many professional people who work in NYC have realized that Allentown is a pleasant place to live and commutable by long drive or short train ride, so the real estate values have skyrocketed.
Susan was originally born to parents who at the time were unable to keep and raise her, so from the age of two and a half months she was raised by her new family in Allentown. Her birth parents were from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a small town called Collegeville.
At the age of twenty, after a two and a half year search and with the blessing of her adopted family, she found her original family. In addition to gaining understanding of from whom and where she came, she received new family history, medical information, and peace of mind. She established relationships with her birth mother and birth father, and some of her original grandparents and siblings.
Her birth father, Dick, a former sales manager, entrepreneur, auto racer, and father of three more children, is retired but still active in the world of automobile racing. Her birthmother, Joan, a mother of three other children later in life, died of a rare cancer (coreocarcinoma) at age 51.
She counts her birth mother's children, Betsy, Donna and Morgan among her best friends and feels lucky to now have some siblings!
Susan's birth mother, Joan
Susan's birth father, Dick, and some of his family
Susan and her sibs on her birth mother's side
Susan's birth sister, Betsy, and her husband Mike
Susan's birth sister Donna, her husband Paul, and baby, Little Paul
Susan's birth brother, Morgan, and his wife Nicole and son, Chris
Sandhya, Anil and Varun
Vahini, Avi, Vaiju, and Aditya
Hema and Ravishanker
Nanda, Uday and Richa
Gil and Lucy
Ravi and Susan
Dick, during winter
Dick, and our lonely house back in PA
Rahul, Uma, Nikhil and Nayha
The three families of 1)Betsy and Mike and (soon-to-be nephew, Benjamin Thomas, due around 12/18/01), 2) Donna, Paul and Little Paul, and 3)Morgan, Nicole and Chris
The number of visits from family members coming here to check ourselves out is . Smile!