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500 a month. Fla. where Pancholi has been living with his wife Usha for the last two years “Women adjust better to this place; they don’t have to cook any more” he added “Men have a hard time They have to find their niche” Pancholi has found his niche He volunteers at a local hospital “There is a great need to help people” he said “Not only at Shantiniketan but also in the town People need transportation to medical facilities or other help” Valuing Their Independence Representational image After a successful career in marketing in Ohio where Pancholi lived in a 4000-5000 sq ft suburban home it is a challenge to adjust to a 1000 sq ft condo in a retirement community But the choices for him and Usha were to move close to their daughter in New Jersey go to India or come to Shantiniketan After 40 years in the United States they knew they could not adapt to life in their native land Like many Indians of their generation the Pancholis are modern people They were among the first wave of Indian immigrants many of whom came to the US as students and later acquired green cards They were the first generation to also reject the traditional lifestyles of their parents and grandparents As a result they do not expect to live with their children; they value their independence too fiercely “Every ethnic and religious group has retirement homes in America Why not us” asked Iggy Ignatius Shantiniketan’s founder Although some media stories have called Shantiniketan a Hindu community it is as secular as India is with a prayer room that accommodates all beliefs including Islam Christianity and Jainism While Ignatius is a Christian he also belongs to the Brahma Kumaris a sect that believes in purifying the soul through meditation and positive thinking Trained as an engineer he got an MBA from the University of Illinois became a marketing consultant and got into computers in 1974 eventually forming a successful IT company Like many Indians who came to the US in the 1960s and ’70s Ignatius realized he was too assimilated into American life to adjust to India Yet he longed for his own community ““We are like salmon that return to the stream to die” he said “At the end stage of our lives we want to be surrounded by our own kind” The name Shantiniketan which means “abode of peace” is taken from the name of the art-centered university that Ravindranath Tagore India’s only Nobel laureate in literature founded in a natural setting outside of Calcutta in the early 1900s “There are 3 million Indian Americans” Ignatius observed “Nearly 10 percent or 300000 are retired And about one percent of those seek a place like Shantiniketan So it is definitely a niche community” Vegetarian But Varied Cuisine The main reason residents come to Shantiniketan is the vegetarian food he noted Continental breakfast includes cereal milk toast tea and coffee Lunch consists of two vegetables daal (stewed lentils) roti (flat bread) rice and yogurt Evening meals offer over 30 items from Gujarathi Punjabi and Maharashtrian regions Mexican and Italian dishes are also available For the monthly price of $250 the meal plan is a bargain Residents are free to cook non-veg in their own kitchens as many fish-eating Bengalis do Although the Ignatius Company prepares the food the Shantiniketan residents’ association serves it The Association in fact has a committee for everything from management to food to transportation to safety and health The arrangement can mean endless squabbles “It is definitely like living in an extended family” Arun Pancholi said “Individually Indians are great to work with but communally they can be difficult” Shantiniketan is modeled on the co-housing developments originated in Scandinavia For its resident group of retired doctors and engineers Shantiniketan’s condos are quite affordable at $250000–even though on can get a four- or five-bedroom house in Tavares for that amount One attraction of a community like Shantiniketan is that it has 55-plus zoning Ignatius says so residents do not have to pay property taxes for schools His model has been so successful that he has been invited to open homes in California Washington DC.

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