The Alvi family consists of Iqbal Alvi and his two sons, Miraj Alvi and VJ Alvi. Also, in VJ's biography, his mother is mentioned as having left the family. Her grave is not seen nor is she seen on the Alvi family tree.
Alvi: possible reference to the Alvi Dental Hospital
Iqbal: possibly a reference to Muhammed Iqbal, a great Persian philosopher
VJ: Vijay is derived from Vijaya, meaning "victorious." It is another name for Arjuna, a Hindu hero.
Miraj: possibly alluding to Muhammad's journey to Mecca
The Alvi Home
The Alvi family live on the poorer block of Sunset Valley in a small house that's in squalid condition.
This personality-rich fixer-upper sits on a convenient corner lot and features a fenced-in, paved yard.