“It’s culturally diverse and vibrant here and I find the people to be very friendly.”
Growing up, home was Bangalore, India for SrinivasanVenkatadri. Just three months after arriving in Pittsburgh in 2010, though, Srini started to see this region as his new home. “It felt like this was thekind of place we would want to settle and raise our family,” he says. “The people are very friendly, the cost of living is moderate, it’s culturally vibrant, the schools are excellent and it is a safe place.”
In his job as a project manager, single gas solutions and accessories for Industrial Scientific, Srini oversees projects involving gas detection equipment that keeps workers in the steel, mining and energy industries safe from toxic or volatile gases. He coordinates with engineering, quality/reliability and manufacturing staff inside the company, as well as with its supply chain and customer support groups.
He sees cultural diversity as a plus of the Pittsburgh region, with a growing Indian and Asian population and the number of Asian groceries and restaurants. One of his family’s favorite Indian restaurants is Tamarind in Scott Township (locations also in Oakland and Cranberry), where the menu changes weekly. Srini recommends the gobi Manchurian, made of cauliflower floretfritters sautéed in a mix of sauce and spices. “The atmosphere at Tamarind is good too, with melodious Indian music and a nice aroma of exotic spices.”
Away from work, Srini and his wife, Jyothi, keep busy withtheir kids’ after-school activities, including soccer, basketball and chess. From their house in South Fayette the couple and son Abhinav, 10, and daughter Anjali, 7, enjoy thescenic views of the hills and riding bikes along the nearby Montour Trail or atOhiopyle in Fayette County. “It’s truly beautiful here and we love exploringall of the countryside in each season,” he says. “Each exploration brings Pittsburgh closer to our hearts.”