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The Kumars: Pioneers Forging New Paths It was a wintry day when Dr. Kaplesh Kumar landed at New York's JFK Airport in 1970. With simple instructions from a friend in New Jersey, Kaplesh, a native of India, asked the taxi driver to take him to the Port Authority bus station in Manhattan. From there, he planned to take a bus to Hoboken, where his friend awaited him. Upon arrival at the bus terminal, the taxi driver, learning that this was Kaplesh's first visit to the United States, refused to accept a fare. "I insisted on paying him, but I had no idea what to give him, so I gave him about $7," says Kaplesh, fondly recalling his first interaction in America. "People were so nice and helpful to me upon my arrival, and I've never forgotten that." Dr. Kumar and his wife, Savinder, are both natives of Lucknow, India (about 350 miles southeast of New Delhi), and have lived in Wellesley since 1978. Kaplesh recently retired from a busy professional life as an Successful Immigration Tales C H E R Y L B A L I A N S C A P A R R O T T A writer M A U R A WAY M A N photographer P A R T T W O W e l c o m e H o m e This ongoing series shares accounts of how immigrant families have settled in our area and become part of our community's fabric. 76 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8

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