This memoir grew out of the desire to share a life which has been richly blessed, often in unexpected ways, with my family and friends. Moreover, I believe it may speak to those who are eager to explore and engage the world around them. I was nurtured by an enthusiasm for learning, a love of travel and a respect for public service. I was inspired by my parents and grandparents (especially my grandmothers). And I benefitted from an extraordinary mentor, Chester Bowles, who introduced me to India and who, like my parents, encouraged my interest in politics and public service. While writing this over the past several years in my adopted home of Colorado, I came to realize how thoroughly my heart remains in Ohio and New Delhi where so much of this story takes place.
Richard (Dick) Celeste has had an unusual career trajectory. Following his education at Yale and Oxford, he worked at the Peace Corps headquarters; as Personal Assistant to the US Ambassador in India; in real estate development, served as a state legislator in Ohio and as Lt. Governor. After a stint as Director of the Peace Corps, Celeste was elected to two terms as Governor of Ohio. Celeste then headed a small economic development consultancy until 1997, when President Clinton appointed him US Ambassador to India. After his second stint in India, he returned to the United States and in 2002 becamethe 12th President of Colorado College, where he served for nine years. He and his wife Jacqueline have a son, Sam, who is now 23. Jacqueline and Sam coauthored a children's book “There Is A Mouse in Roosevelt House” which was launched by President Clinton in New Delhi in 2001. Celeste also has six children from a previous marriage.