WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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With their homeland only reachable by a 24-hour flight, you might think the Perumals have left familiar comforts behind. But they have found ways to recreate hearth and home of Sydney. "We get care packages from Australia, including Vegemite, a rich, salty spread," Janet says. "But we can also buy it on Amazon.com," she laughs. A short trip westbound on Route 9 offers small luxuries. "Milo is a chocolate powder drink that's a very particular taste to Australia and Britain, and we can find it at Cost Plus World Market in Framingham," reveals Navesh. "We've found what we crave or need, including cereals quite similar to breakfast cereals in Australia." One process that confounded Janet and Navesh was obtaining a valid driver's license in Massachusetts — something even Americans from other regions wrangle with in the Bay State. "Our U.S. social security numbers were delayed, which prevented us from obtaining a driver's license," says Navesh. "I wasn't allowed to drive for the first five months. Every time I went to the traffic department, they told me I couldn't get a license without a social security number." The fact that Janet and Navesh have successfully — and legally — taken the wheel in Australia, Dubai, and Asia wasn't enough. "What we should have known is to get an international driver's license before you arrive in the U.S., which gives you a year's time." It gets worse. "We had to go for a road test, because the insurance companies didn't recognize any of our previous driving experience," says Janet. "Navesh attended a driving school in Natick to retake the written and driving tests to qualify." But what's keeping the family happy is the high standard of Wellesley life. "Everyone is very family oriented, and the quality of people the town attracts is wonderful," Janet enthuses. "The key reason we moved to Wellesley is the great school system." Thanks to the willingness of new neighbors to share local secrets, the Perumals have discovered New England's best treats. "The quality of the seafood here is amazing — we're loving the lobster rolls!" expresses Janet. The other cuisine the family has taken to is s'mores. "Our neigh- bors introduced them to us, and we'd never heard of them before we moved here." The couple agrees Boston is a great fit. "New England shows just how beautiful this country is," says Janet. "We're looking forward to another beautiful fall in Wellesley. The season is stunning." "We're looking forward to another beautiful fall in Wellesley. The season is stunning." – J a n e t P e r u m a l 84 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8 Welcome Home

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