[Krishna Sondhi], a barrister trained in England, was assigned to work with [Mayo-Smith] on a training commission. Sondhi hadn't wanted the position, but as a woman in a traditional African culture, that was the best job available to her.
As the two interviewed subjects for their studies, Sondhi encouraged Mayo-Smith to write the final reports, and then, said Mayo-Smith, she would edit the devil out of them. It was maddening, infuriating and utterly compelling. Mayo-Smith, a published poet, started leaving poems in Sondhi's office. They must have been good poems, because eventually the couple wed.
Mayo-Smith and Sondhi joke that one member of the office staff listens to Rush Limbaugh and keeps them on their intellectual toes, but they are decidedly progressive, radical even. On a recent weekday, Mayo-Smith tagged along as Sondhi gave an office tour. She joked about the paucity of hours he spends at Kumarian, and he rejoined that he comes in as often as he is paid.