WESTBOROUGH — Through painstaking research, Ramesh Jangareddi became a U.S. citizen step-by-step, starting with obtaining a student visa to come here, then a work visa and then green card. 
Jangareddi of Franklin, 48, owner of Mayuri Indian Cuisine on 30 Lyman St. in Westborough, and who is originally from India, came to the U.S. in the mid-1990s for graduate school at Bridgeport University in Connecticut, majoring in computer science. 
His wife, Pushpa, whom he met through an arranged marriage, also came to the U.S. years later for graduate school after they got married. She attended Brandeis University, majoring in information technology management. 
Coming from the same city, Vizag, a port city in southeast India, the couple got engaged before they immigrated to the U.S. They actually used to talk only over the phone and had never met each other in person until three days before their wedding, Jangareddi said. 
As many international students face, there were some awkward gaps where they would get stuck in the U.S. unable to go anywhere or risk losing their eligibility to stay in the country. 
When Jangareddi graduated from school and transitioned from a student to a work visa, he was not able to go back to India to see his wife — then fiancé who he had never yet met face to face. Jangareddi said that was one of the greatest challenges when first coming to the U.S. 
“I don’t have a visa to pull to India at that time. We can only talk on the phone, so that’s the one challenge I can say,” Jangareddi said. “It’s very stressful. We got engaged, but we can’t see each other.” 
Many immigrants sacrifice a lot back in their homelands to come to the U.S. for more opportunities. Jangareddi and his wife are no exceptions, drawn by the country’s better quality of life and better educational opportunity. 
Jangareddi said he likes the multiculturalism here and was impressed, so he decided to stay for some time. He also said he embraces the American way of education where parents give the freedom to their children to pursue their passion and dreams that are quite different from traditional Asian parenting where parents determine the path  for their children, he said. 
“It’s a huge exposure for us. We came here for the better education, and then we started working and knowing how the culture is taking people in different countries and different culture, and how American encourages everyone (and) gives that freedom,” Jangareddi said. “It’s like a dream.” 
After graduating in the U.S., the couple has worked in several companies as software engineers before they started their first business “Vigiboss Inc., “a software company in Medway in 2010. 
In April, 2021, the couple started their second business by taking over the management of Mayuri Indian Cuisine, an Indian restaurant which was already open for 10 years.
Part of their motivation to become restaurant owners also came from the inspiration of Pushpa’s grandfather, who ran a restaurant for 30 years in India, as well as her mother’s authentic food of which they were fond. 
Pushpa said they wanted to bring their authentic food to customers to experience and the simplicity of Indian cooking into their business.
“We want to always help people. We want to help the community. We want to give back to the community,” Pushpa said. “And then eventually we thought (being) an entrepreneur, so that way we have the flexibility to help the community at the same time, (and) we can take the opportunity in America to pursue our dreams.” 
With the restaurant open, they now help the community by cooperating with colleges as well as donating foods to different in-need local organizations. By giving back to the community, Jangareddi said it not only fulfills their dream but it is satisfying. 
Looking back, the couple said they feel immigrating to the U.S. was worth trying to live their dream but also at the same time being able to support their family back in India and the people in their community by providing employment. 
The welcoming neighborhood also has never  made them feel like outsiders. When the couple bought the house in Franklin 17 years ago, Pushpa said it was a predominantly white town with very few Indians in the area.
Yet, they never felt out of place. Pushpa has also become the first Indian board member in the town of Franklin. 
“We are blessed to come here,” Pushpa said.  

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