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ent cat­e­gories and the at­tached houses are ad­min­is­tered and main­tained by the coun­cil of the CIUP with lim­ited au­ton­omy de­pend­ing on the coun­tries they be­long to. In­dia house runs on grants and sub­si­dies from the In­dian government. When Sanyal was asked to join as head of the Mai­son, it was heav­ily in debt and “in a di­lap­i­tated state”. The con­di­tion he had set for tak­ing over was that the en­tire loan of the Mai­son be waived. When that was done, the painful ren­o­va­tion process be­gan. Tele­phones and re­frig­er­a­tors were added to the 104 sin­gle rooms, the kitchen was ren­o­vated, a mi­crowave added, and toi­let and shower fa­cil­i­ties were pro­vided near the hall.

Now, from or­gan­is­ing fes­ti­vals to net­work­ing for funds, the Sanyals do it all. They have also man­aged to get grants for an ad­di­tional block with 70 rooms as the num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions from In­dia have in­creased man­i­fold.

Priti takes me for a round of the kitchens and the din­ing area with a great view they have man­aged to carve out of the small space.

A cul­tural room with a beau­ti­ful gate done in the Ben­gal style with Mughal arches has been ex­e­cuted by res­i­dent Avi­jit Ghosh, who is now work­ing on a waste ma­te­rial project in Paris which aims to ed­u­cate peo­ple on the proper util­i­sa­tion of waste.

The beau­ti­ful light-eyed Jamila Maalaoni from Tu­nisia, a PhD scholar in the so­cial sciences, strug­gles a bit with her English as she tries to ex­plain how she has re­fused the of­fer of mov­ing to an­other Mai­son as she finds this place to be “very good for my health. I’ve had surgery and have re­cov­ered well and feel my health has im­proved con­sid­er­ably over here.” As the stu­dents have a

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