I hope this email finds you all well. Kolkata has been unbearably hot recently (well over 40 degrees Celsius), but I've been out of town for almost two weeks, so the heat is just now getting to me. Here are some updates and things I've done recently, in chronological order:
Aakash and I really enjoyed Meera's visit. Meera and I spent days and days shopping in different parts of the city, which was very wonderful! We also ate lots of delicious food and visited various temples. Aakash and Meera took a siblings trip to Shantiniketan for a few nights, and it sounds like they had a great time and experience.
My sister and I, along with Alec, went on a trip to the Northeast. We started in Meghalaya, which is now my favorite part of India. The highlight of Megalaya was staying in Mawlynnong, a small village that was awarded the title of "Cleanest City in Asia" a few years back. It was absolutely exquisite and clean, especially for India! We stayed in a home that included a Sky View, which was a 85 plus foot bamboo structure that allowed us to climb above the forest so we could view the plains of Bangladesh, about 4 km away. Spectacular.