Suburban Sahibs: Three Immigrant Families and Their Passage from India to America

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11
Meeting
Elephants

Pradip “Peter” Kothari's name lines Oak Tree Road, sandwiched between two elephants that stand for the GOP.His name gracesfliers on a few telephone poles, a sign on his front lawn, and the bumpers of his family's cars. It's almost as if the mark he made on the community over the last decade is official now.

Never one to shun attention, Pradip rises to the occasion, surrounded by a trusty entourage of young men who advise him on what to say, what to write, what to wear. On June 4,2001, he sends a form letter to all the reporters who have been calling him for years: “My candidacy for Freeholder of Middlesex County, NJ, as a Republican is indeed a very bold and historic step for both our community and myself. My victory will write a glorious chapter in the annals of the rapidly growing talented and resourceful Indian American Leaders. With the pen and the power of the pen behind you, I feel it will contribute immensely in educating the voters and mobilizing support for myself.”

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Suburban Sahibs *
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Prologue: A New Year 15
  • 1 - Deported from Home 32
  • 2 - The Patels Journey 47
  • 3 - A Gold-Paved Entry 65
  • 4 - Exercising Rights 86
  • 5 - Wanting More 92
  • 6 - Shaky Ground 98
  • 7 - Destructive Times 104
  • 8 - Standing Room Only 107
  • 9 - Downturns 122
  • 10 - Under a Mango Tree 128
  • 11 - Meeting Elephants 138
  • 12 - Farewells 147
  • 13 - The Festival Family 151
  • 14 - Classified 155
  • 15 - The Victor 158
  • Epilogue 162
  • Notes 165
  • Selected Bibliography 171
  • About the Author 172
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