Welcome to our profile! We are an Indian-German-American family living in Brooklyn who love to sing, dance (salsa, hip-hop, Bollywood), hike, read books, bike together, meet friends in the park, go to the beach in the summer, go sledding when there’s snow, and watch Disney movies together.
Richa grew up in India, and Daniel in Germany – both of us moved to New York around 2005. Our son Arjun – or Aki – was born in New York and joined our family in 2017.
We absolutely LOVE travelling and can’t wait to do that again post-Covid. We backpacked in Tanzania and Indonesia when we were younger, and have, between us, lived and worked in 18 countries. Aki got his passport before his first birthday, and had visited 4 countries by the time he was two years old. We have an extended family that includes members who are American, Indian, German, English, Thai, Chinese and New Zealander, and an even more diverse circle of friends.
University Professor and Advisor to United Nations
Competitive Underwater Rugby, Playing Guitar, Salsa Dancing
Until two years ago, Daniel was on the US national team for underwater rugby.
Travel, Picnics in the Park, Reading to Aki.
When she was little Richa wanted to be a stage actress and still loves a game of charades.
About Arjun (Aki)
Preschooler at an Afro-Centric Daycare in Brooklyn
Going to the Playground, Scootering, Soccer, Crafts, Science Experiments, Martial Arts, Drums, Reading.
Aki speaks English, Hindi and German. He’s working on learning French and Swahili in preschool!
We are a very loving family, and our home is filled with warmth, humor and laughter. We love dancing, be it salsa, soca, Indian Bollywood, or any other music that comes our way. We enjoy evenings playing board games and making music together (Daniel plays the guitar, Richa sings and Arjun plays the drums). On weekends, we ride our bicycles to slide mountain on Brooklyn’s Pier 6, play ball in Prospect Park, or just meet Aki’s friends at a local playground. We also like to go hiking in the Hudson valley or spend the day on Far Rockaway beach building sandcastles. We all three love travel.
We love packing for a trip, the atmosphere at airports, watching the planes. Aki plays a pretend game at home in which he buys tickets, takes his toy laptop out at security check, boards a plane (aka the couch), and then flies to a beach or to meet his grandparents. In real life we usually travel to see family, or on vacation someplace warm and near the sea. Before Aki, we have taken two 3-month vacations to backpack on a tiny budget. Once in Tanzania and once in Indonesia. Aki enjoyed his trips to India, Germany, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania and Fort Lauderdale.
Richa’s parents and her sister Riju, who is 6 years younger than Richa, are very close. They live in India and the whole family has a video call at least once a week. We also have a close relationship with Richa’s extended family, including her many aunts and uncles, 8 cousins, their spouses and children. They are scattered over New York, India, Singapore, Pittsburgh and London, but get together for family events like weddings, which are loud, warm and fun.
Daniel’s nuclear family lives in Berlin, Germany. His parents divorced when he was six years old. He and his brother, Lennart, who is 4 years younger than Daniel, grew up with their father but they all remained close with their mother. Both his parents have remarried and we enjoy a warm and close relationship with Daniel’s father and stepmother, who was born in Thailand, his mother and stepfather and his brother and brother’s wife.
“We can only imagine how hard it must be to try and make the best decision for your child and family, weighing all factors, and deciding what family and surroundings you would like to see your child grow up in. We know that there will be ups and downs and that bringing up a child comes with challenges. What we can promise you is that we will love our child and do whatever we can to help her or him to feel safe and be happy, have a strong sense of identity and achieve his or her full potential, and do our best to bring up a mature, balanced person who will love and respect us, the adoptive parents, as well as you, the birth family.”
-Daniel & Richa