My mother's British family had a long history in India, beginning in the mid-1700s when an ancestor arrived with the East India Company. A hundred years later, Mum's grandfather bought himself out of the Army and purchased 6,000 acres of virgin land in South India after finding coffee growing wild there. He later established a coffee plantation he called "Hope Ville," and this became Mum's childhood home. When I was a child, she would often delight me and my siblings with amazing stories of growing up in this remote place. When she married my wonderful Indian father, she assured that family life would be a true melding of the cultures and traditions of East and West.