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Best Budget Inn, 2018

Best Budget Inn (2018 -present), is a project that explores the experiences of my family as they pursue their American Dream since 1983.  The current pictures capture my parent’s Best Budget Inn and Highway Liquor store in Owatonna, MN. They ran this business for 11 years with my brother, sister-in-law, and their two kids, all living in the same motel.  After emigrating to the United States from Gujarat, India, my parent’s priority has been to provide opportunity and comfort for their children and now their grandchildren. These pictures, while showing the day-to-day life of my family, I am compelled to think about what it means to be an immigrant in the current political climate.  Coming from a culture that speaks less and does more, I wonder what exactly is the experience and understanding of the American Dream in such communities that make their living in the USA. The project title “Best Budget Inn,” is the dream my parents lived.

 

After selling the Best Budget Inn and the Highway Liquor Store to a new family of acquaintances, my family moved on to Brookfield, WI, where my brother bought his own Quality Inn.  

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