Many immigrants come to America for better opportunities for their future generations, then yearn to return to their homeland in their golden years, only to find that what they left behind has dramatically changed and their American born offspring innately have no desire to join their parents in their ancestral lands … what do you do? That precise conundrum is what gave Iggy Ignatius the idea of creating a retirement community, geared to immigrants from the Indian subcontinent, in Florida. Iggy built the 55+ active community of ShantiNiketan in Tavares, Florida and it is thriving! Find out more about ShantiNiketan from our guests Iggy and Devikarani Ignatiuis, on Episode 59 of Retire There with Gil & Gene.
Check out the ShantiNiketan Retirement Community in Florida here.
Iggy’s YouTube Channel is available here.
NPR’s story about ShantiNiketan, Being With People Like You Offers Comfort Against Death’s Chill, listen here.
The Atlantic compiled a series of four videos on ShantiNiketan, The Florida Community Designed for Indians, view here.
Iggy has written the following two books:
One Square Foot Plan - Iggy explains his view of real estate and retirees.
Seeking Roots - A fiction book about 3 Indian immigrant couples in the US. It is time for them to retire and each of them is faced with different scenarios.