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Hilary Hahn and Ashish Vaid
Hilary Hahn and Ashish Vaid

Hilary Hahn grew up in Louisville, Ky., and Ashish Vaid was raised in Mumbai, India. But when they met as volunteers for a KCRW pledge drive in 2007, the attraction was immediate. They launched into a long conversation about an exhibit at MOCA they both wanted to see, and voila — the setting for a perfect first date. A year later they travelled to India together. Hahn loved it — especially riding in rickshas and getting water buffalo milk delivered at dawn every day. Vaid is equally enthusiastic about America. “It’s the greatest brand ever born,” he said. “Like Apple. If you don’t have it, you want it.” He came to SoCal in the late 1990s...