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Vijay

Vijay has been the head of his family since he was 16, after his father Govind Das passed away in July 2003. Despite the hardship which this involved, he fulfilled this responsibility with great devotion, making sure that he completed his education at the same time. Vijay has five sisters who are now all married. From looking after his family from such a young age, Vijay has become a very caring and respectful person, and always happy to help others.

After his father's passing Vijay learnt the art of nakashi with his uncle, and since 2003, he has been running the family shop, Lakshmana Handicrafts. As well as leading the Friends in Khajuraho adventure, he occasionally takes part in social and envirnonmental actions for the French association Partage et Culture Sarasvati and for the German NGO Blue Bank.

Vijay

Vio

Vio (Violette) is French. She first came to India as a tourist in August 2005, and just about a week into her travels she met Vijay in Khajuraho. Two and a half years later she came back to India for a year. She wanted to spend time in an Indian family and learn Hindi in immersion, so in January 2008 Vijay welcomed her into his family... She loved it so much that today she is married to Vijay and she is a part of the family!

Vio is fluent in English, French and Hindi, and she understands German. She is a musician, and since April 2008 she has been learning Hindustani (north Indian classical) violin from her guru Pt. Sukhdev Prasad Mishra in Varanasi. For about three years she has been giving private classes in Hindi as a foreign language and Indian violin, and acting as Cultural Delegate in India and Vice-President for the French association Partage et Culture Sarasvati. You can visit her website here, and if you love reading, there is plenty of material about her Indian adventures on her blog!

Vio

Ravi

Ravi is Vijay's only brother and the youngest of the seven siblings. He is the most academic of the family, and during all his school years not only he was the best pupil of his school, but he also won awards in the entire disctrict of Khajuraho and featured in local newspapers for it!

Ravi holds a BSc in Maths as well as certificates in Hotel Management and in Computing. He has completed 6 months of German studies at the Goethe Institute in Kolkata and Delhi, and is still studying the language on is own in Khajuraho.

Ravi

Mummy

Mummy got married to Govind Das when she was about 16, and she gave birth to seven beautiful children. She is a very devoted and caring mother, and a very hard worker. Her house is her temple. She is very faithful to her daily religious practice and lives very much anchored in the Indian tradition, yet she has a very pure heart and in the end she always accepts different people as they are. Although she doesn't speak English, she will make sure that you feel at home - through her devotion to serve you with her caring smile.

Mummy
Leela

Vio and Vijay had a baby daughter in March 2016!

Leela is very cute and peaceful, she only cries when she's too hungry or tired, and she is more and more fun as she grows. She loves to play hide and seek behind a cloth or a blanket, and she loves to play with everyone's hair! She loves bathing and playing with water, and she loves music, singing and dancing! Oh, and she loves food, too; she likes to taste absolutely everything! But please don't feed her anything too sweet, salty or spicy! You can speak to her in French, English and Hindi and she'll understand you.
Leela