23 May Meet: The Shah Family
Hi, we are the Shah family.
My husband and I met when we were very young, I was 15 and he was 18. During one of our first times together, he told me “I’m dating you to marry you,” and I rolled my eyes at his cheesy line, but here we are today married for almost 6 years with two beautiful children. We were both raised in Columbus and traveled around the country during our training years at Ohio State, and finally chose to settle down in Columbus again when we decided to start our family medical practice.
When I became pregnant with my first child in 2010, my husband, Summit, decided to quit his job in Chicago and start his new business back home in Columbus. I was nervous about going back to Ohio but since making the move, I have never looked back. Columbus has grown and developed in so many ways since I was growing up back in the 80’s and 90’s. It is a beautiful city to raise a family in and it offers diverse communities as well as a thriving social scene. In addition to helping out the family practice, I am a pharmacist at the James Hospital and have a small photography business.
Summit and I are both second generation Indians, and we try to expose and enrich our two daughters Saanvi(4) and Saaya (3), with Indian culture and tradition while fitting in with other American-born children. We try hard to pass our culture on and not by teaching rituals that may have no meaning to them, but with the knowledge and understanding of what Hindusim really is. We are blessed to have spiritual guidance through a internationally known teacher (guru) that helps us to better understand our Hindu scriptures, or the Vedas. When possible, we attend these lectures on Sunday morning to begin to plant the seed of spirituality in our children.
The combination of raising children and running a family business, and still feeling like a married couple, is a balance that we have to put effort into every day. We are blessed beyond belief and are thankful for both the good and bad experiences we have had together as a family. One thing we have truly learned is that life isn’t always fair, but it is up to us to make it pretty damn good.