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Sunset at Taj Mahal, the amazing Mausoleum in Agra, India (Photo credit OneBarcelona)

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y initial passage to India was in a gap year between high school and college, when I accompanied my oceanographer grandfather Roger Revelle for a two-week series of lectures he'd been invited to give on climate change at the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad. It was November of 1983. I wound up staying through March of 1984, traveling India solo from top to bottom, interning on various development projects or just having adventures, and going from being an anxious, myopic eighteen-year-old to a confident, slightly wiser nineteen-year-old. As I approached my watershed half-century mark, I started planning a return trip to India, but this time I’d be with my husband Michael and our two daughters, Adriana and Nora, ages 16 and 12 respectively. I weighed whether to go during the kids' winter break -- the season when most people go -- or summer, when it would be very hot. I wanted to be there at least three weeks -- why go all that way for only ten to fourteen days? Summer it would have to be.

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Gev Magazine Issue 17.0  

New Delhi based Fashion Designer Sha Ali Ahmad of Ahmad Couture— better known as ‘Sha', is sparkling his way through the fashion world with...

Gev Magazine Issue 17.0  

New Delhi based Fashion Designer Sha Ali Ahmad of Ahmad Couture— better known as ‘Sha', is sparkling his way through the fashion world with...