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SUMMER 2018

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During a trip to India, he and Savinder were married, following which she too arrived in this country and settled into the lifestyle with new friendships, many of which have endured. After a few busy, enjoyable years, the Kumars arrived at a crossroads. "At a certain point, it didn't make sense not to become a citizen," they say. "We had made up our minds." So the couple went through the citizenship process, officially becoming citizens in 1982. "There was a ceremony at Faneuil Hall for my wife and me," he recalls. "Our younger daughter, who was born during travel abroad, was also granted citizenship." The family recalls their strong feelings about that day. "It was anything but a 'normal' day. We understood the significance of this major commitment," he says. "It was a statement saying, 'This is how we want to spend the rest of our lives and where we belong.'" Dr. Kumar is a distinguished scientist, engineer, and lawyer. He discovered rare earth-transition metal alloys that are the key enabling technology of the Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery, recognized in the late 1990s as one of the top 25 inventions of the past quarter-century by CNN. Twenty years ago, he continued challenging himself. He attended New England School of Law, becoming admitted to the bar associa- tion in 1998. In fact, Kaplesh has been admit- ted to the Bars of Massachusetts, United States Supreme Court, United States District Court for the First District, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent attorney. Keeping Strong Ties "When I arrived here almost half a century ago, there were very few Indians in this coun- try," Kaplesh points out. The Kumars longevity in the U.S. offers a unique, evolving perspective on immigration. "If you asked me 40 years ago what I missed in India, I would have a long list, because it was truly a complete break," Kaplesh reveals. "In the early days, it was a big deal and very expen- sive to make a telephone call to India. When you finally got a connection, there was static on the line and hard to communicate with each other. We also wrote letters and telegrams, though a letter would take weeks to arrive." Today's connected world has brought the Kumars much closer. "We feel closer than ever to India," they reveal. "Now we email family and friends, and use Facetime and technology we didn't have in the early days. And now there are so many Indian restaurants in the U.S. — which there weren't 40 years ago — so we feel at home." With Savinder's family in India, the Kumar daughters have traveled there many times. "We want them to have a sense of their roots. We both still have friends there from our "At a certain point, it didn't make sense not to become a citizen." 80 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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