Gastonia, NC

Raj Mirchandani discusses his hometown of Gastonia, NC, where he's spent nearly all his life, both before and after college.

Interview on 2012-02-17

Transcript

00:00:00.000 I was actually born in India and my family moved here when I was three
00:00:06.396 and I've lived in Gastonia, North Carolina pretty much all my life
00:00:10.572 except for my time at NC State.
00:00:12.840 When I left NC State it was pretty much a no-brainer that I wanted to come back home
00:00:18.137 and do some different things here in community and in business and that's what brought me back here.
00:00:22.646 [What was it like growing up in Gastonia?]
00:00:25.948 I think Gastonia is pretty much the all American town. I mean it's a small town where-.
00:00:32.061 It's not so small that everybody knows you but it's pretty often that you could walk into say a grocery store or a public place and you'll run into someone you know.
00:00:41.013 So it was a good feeling to be able to have that small town feel but being right on the outskirts of Charlotte
00:00:46.428 you had some of the big city amenities that you might be used to and it was nice to be able to run up there for maybe a big show or something as a kid.
00:00:53.979 I mean we did a lot of that growing up so it was nice.
00:00:56.398 I think it was a great place to be raised and hopefully raise a family one day myself.