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Coming full circle

From India to the U.S., this foursome puts down roots in the same community

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August 28th, 2017
(From left) Ann’s Choice residents Jeroo Dalal with her husband Fram, and Jeroo’s sister Mithoo Katrak with her husband Adi, gather in the Dalals’ kitchen where Fram reigns as chef.

(From left) Ann’s Choice residents Jeroo Dalal with her husband Fram, and Jeroo’s sister Mithoo Katrak with her husband Adi, gather in the Dalals’ kitchen where Fram reigns as chef. 

 

This story begins in India where sisters Jeroo Dalal and Mithoo Katrak grew up. Jeroo married Fram, and Mithoo (pronounced ME-too) married Adi, men who’d been good friends since kindergarten.

In 1964, Fram’s Fulbright scholarship took the Dalals to Philadelphia, Pa. They spent 42 years in Elkins Park before moving to Atlanta, Ga. 

Along the way, Jeroo and Fram sponsored the Katraks to America, and the Katraks settled in Harrisburg, Pa. 

The sisters wrote a new chapter to their story when they and their husbands moved this March to Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa.

“We have completed a circle,” says Jeroo—as the Dalals had sponsored the Katraks to the U.S., the Katraks led the Dalals to Ann’s Choice.

Their moves created instant extended family: the Katraks’ daughter lives in Yardley, and the Dalals’ grandson attends Temple University. 

Making plans

Last year, when Jeroo and Fram were living with their daughter and her family in a six-bedroom, six-bath house in Atlanta, Mithoo and Adi announced their plans to move from Harrisburg to Ann’s Choice. 

They’d chosen it because it was close to their daughter and was a gated community with a round-the-clock security team. It also offered more than 150 activities and special-interest groups. 

The social aspect appealed most to Mithoo. “There were enough things to do that I wouldn’t feel isolated. And when we were shown around, I noticed that [the sales staff] knew all the residents’ names, and the residents responded to them. That made me feel that people were friendly here,” she says.

“People even stopped us and said, ‘Please move in. You will love it. I’m very happy here and you will be too.’”

So the Katraks joined Ann’s Choice’s priority list and waited for an extra-large and light-filled corner apartment style to become available. 

When Jeroo and Fram came to visit last spring, the Katraks took them to Ann’s Choice so they could see it for themselves.

Jeroo and Fram liked what they saw, and they, too, joined the priority list and requested a Williamsburg-style apartment home. The Williamsburg is a luxury two-bedroom, two-bath floor plan with a den, sunroom, and large storage-utility room. 

They knew they’d have a long wait until one was available, but the couple was in no hurry to move.

A big decision, a happy ending

Last fall, while the Dalals were in India on their first trip home in 20 years, everything changed. Their daughter emailed to say her husband was being transferred and they’d be moving. 

That meant Jeroo and Fram had to move too.

They immediately emailed an SOS to Ann’s Choice’s sales counselor. Jeroo says the sales office was magnificent in helping to resolve their predicament.

Immediately responding to their SOS, sales messaged back to tell them that the New Hope, a specially developed new apartment style, had become available. 

The New Hope is a one-of-a-kind combo floor plan. Combo apartment styles are only developed when two adjacent and complementary apartment homes become available. 

The New Hope features an extra-large great room, generous-size kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a study.

While the Dalals, who were still in India, looked at the emailed floor plan, their family members huddled with Ann’s Choice Personal Moving Consultant Colleen Rosica to determine how the couple’s furniture would fit—it would fit perfectly.  

So the Dalals took a leap of faith and reserved the home via email. 

They returned from India and moved in early March. The Katraks followed two weeks later. 

“We had the courage to reserve our home sight unseen from India,” says Jeroo. “I’ll be forever grateful that we did.” 

 

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