NO PLACE LIKE L.A. IS OUR SERIES THAT ASKS L.A. TRANSPLANTS AND IMMIGRANTS: "WHEN WAS THE MOMENT YOU FELT THAT LOS ANGELES WAS TRULY HOME?"
THIS IS THE STORY OF Ranjana Kishore IN Arcadia WHO'S ORIGINALLY FROM Southern India.
I moved here in 2002 for my first job. Where I come from, the colors, the sights and the sounds are very bright.
The gulmohars, also known as the flame trees, they have these bright red canopies.
So when I first interviewed here for my job I had some extra time, so I was walking on Lake Avenue in Pasadena.
I suddenly looked up and I saw the purple of the jacaranda trees in Pasadena. They sort of reminded me of those trees back home. They had these bright, light purple canopies.
Also, the bright orange-yellow of the bird-of-paradise flowers and the red roof tiles, the citrus scent in the air – just these bright colors reminded me of home.
It just came to me that this was home.