This quote: “Family, like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one” most likely describes my family. My dad (Ashok) and mom’s (Reena) families are from Kerala but they live in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. My sister (Amritha) moved to Bangalore, Karnataka to attend Univeristy. I moved to Houston, Texas in the US to pursue a PhD.
I am older to my sister by only 15 months. We literally grew up together and at some point when we were younger, people thought we were twins.
In Dec 2008, my sister got married to Rahul, whose family lives in Goa with ancestral family roots in Portugal. On May 2013 they had two lovely twins, Zoe and Jayden. They were born the same day that the football club, FCBayern Munich won the European Champoins League title. Amritha and her family will be emmigrating to Australia in 2016.
In 2009 I met a wonderful girl from Germany who was working in Houston at the time. We had our civil wedding ceremony in Dec 2011 in Houston. In the summer of 2012, we had a church ceremony and reception in Erkrath, a small town close to Düsseldorf. This is where my wife Stefanie grew up and her parents stay. Pictures from the wedding and reception are below.
By the end of 2016 my family will be in three separate continents, my parents in India, my sister and family in Australia and us in Munich, Germany.