Newcastle, October 2 (CINEWS): From time to time Can-India will feature South Asian families who defy the trend of settling in immigrant-rich areas in the GTA and opt instead for a patch of grass off the beaten path. This week we feature Hitesh and Hetal Talati, two new Canadians who chose Newcastle, Ontario to be their home. Newcastle is located about 80 km east of Toronto, and about 18 kms from Oshawa and Bowmanville on Highway 401. It’s a
small but growing community, very family and traditionally-oriented. Immigrants make up a very small number of its residents. I nfact just ten years ago, you could spend a week in Newcastle without running into a non-Caucasian. But in recent years, there have been many new housing developments and the new homeowners tend to be very diverse. It’s a great place to raise a family. Homes are relatively affordable and new detached homes about 1,250 to 2,375 sq feet can start in the $300,000 range. The catch is finding a job that is in a commutable range.
Where did you grow up in India? What brought you to Canada?
Both of us are born and brought up in Gujarat, India. Hetal is from Ahmedabad and I am from Nadiad. Nadiad which I am from has an average of one family member living in USA/Canada or UK where I had none. So since I was a kid, I was passionate about living abroad however Hetal was not. Our marriage is arranged. When we met the first time, her condition was not to move abroad.
But in time all that changed and here we are.
Most immigrants prefer GTA, how’s it like living in Newcastle. Do you have friends in the area. Did it take a while to get used to living in a small town?
Really a great question! The reason why we moved to Canada was to stay away from fast and busy life. When we migrated to Canada, we experienced very similar lifestyle what we had back home however we stayed focused as we knew our ultimate goal. Hetal pursued her career in medicine and I completed my Professional Engineering and MBA through Rotman School of Management in Toronto. Living in Newcastle seems to be a dream come true for us! We always like mother nature and outdoor activities so we are really enjoying Newcastle. The small village has its own advantage as everyone stays as one family. On our street we have great neighbours. We do attend neighbourhood get-togethers twice or may be three times a year.
Can you think of living anyplace else?
After living in Newcastle since June 2012, it is hard for us to think any other place. I always say this but we both are flexible so in case our jobs need us somewhere else, we can always relocate but our preference would be to live and enjoy countryside as it has a different (I would say real beauty) beauty of Canada.
If you had to where would you live?
Any other countryside location however a choice is given then we would not move out of Newcastle as we like mother nature, chirping of the birds in morning, beautiful sunrise, sunset etc!
Do you now prefer a small town away from South Asians or do you miss places like Brampton and Mississauga?
When it is our festivals season then we do find it hard however we go to temple and meet friends. It is only an hour’s drive. And we love long drives.