‘They are proud to have
Raj stand next to them as
journey through their own academic careers.
Raj Chetty is a hero and
role model to the children
in his family, discovers
Arthur J Pais, giving
them sound advice as they
For Priya Shanmugam posing for a pic- ture with her Raja Mama after her Commencement ceremony at Dartmouth in early June was really special.
Raj Chetty with his sisters, Malathy, left, and Shanthi, right. As their father
once told India Abroad, he has not two but four parents.
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Raj now plays as important a role in the lives of his nieces and nephews as
his sisters played in his.
one of the first things my children would ask was how long
he was going to stay. For they have lots and lots of fun with
him. They also learn from him. And he considers their
A few weeks ago, Dr Chetty was preparing a commence-
ment address he was to give to his alma mater, a high
school in Milwaukee.
“He wanted a test audience,” Divya Shanmugam, 17, who
has just graduated from high school, says. “So my younger
sister Vidya and I listened. It was a brilliant speech, but in
some places it was getting to be too technical. So we told
him it would go over the heads of the high school students.
We also told him what was funny and what wasn’t. He took
our advice very seriously and made many changes.”
When Malathy and Shanthi, both medical scientists at
Emory University (with Shanmugam relocating from
Northwestern University), face dilemmas about their chil-
dren’s education, their brother is always ready to help.
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