When Leanne first went to India at the end of 2003, that year's edition of the Lonely Planet India opened up with the line that it would take many lifetimes to fully experience every corner of India. While she has been back since with Guillaume, where together they spent time interviewing roleplayers for separate reports on the Indian textile and steel industries, for the BRICS trip, as a family, the plan was to fly into Mumbai and venture down to Kerala, where Leanne was hoping to complete a yoga teacher training course. Guillaume would have used the time to explore the backwaters of this southern state with the boys. Later, we intended to head up the east coast towards Varanasi, the golden triangle and then cross the border into Nepal and onward to China. Leanne's mother, who imports arts & crafts from India and Thailand, would have joined us during this leg of the BRICS trip to spend time with the boys and share her vast knoweldge of the country, acquired over dozens of trips to different regions of India.