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Monu family joined the tourism industry in 1997. It is run by a Brahmin Hindu family, Madho and his wife Indu, their son Monu and his wife Gunja. Madho graduated with a Commerce degree from Banaras Hindu University. He worked as an accountant before starting the business. Due to a family illness, he was in need of money. He then, decided to open his own business. With the help of Indu, they opened a small shop in the house where they sold small items suitable for backpacker needs. They also rented rooms to Indian tenants. Indu, mother of the house is also a good cook. Her son Monu helped his parents in their business while continuing his studies. Monu graduated in English Literature, Politics and History. He has a degree in Music and diplomas in French Language and Tourism. He is a licensed tourist guide authorised by the state government. He offers music classes in the house and also takes tours in and around Varanasi. Little boy Kewal, no longer little, is Monu’s cousin and a hard worker in the family. His honesty and hard labour makes him an important part of the family. Monu married Gunja in 2013. They have a little daughter Pihu. Monu’s wife Gunja graduated in Hindi and Politics. Like her mother in law, she is also a good cook and gives cooking classes in the house. The guest house started in 2004 with two rooms. The hard work of the whole family and friends grew the family business. The family reputation in the business is very good and Tripadvisor awarded a certificate of excellence in 2014. It was Madho’s idea to make the whole house colourful which was a unique thought. When we posted our website, other guest houses in Varanasi began to copy our idea of a colourful house. We have continued this process and redecorated. Now in April 2016, Madho and Indu are running the Sarees shop, while Monu and Gunja look after the guest house, music school, cooking classes etc. You may have heard the phrase ‘the elephant in the room’. Our ‘elephant’ is an invisible part of the family. She is a white cow. She comes every morning to get food from our house. In the morning, when the door is unlocked but still closed over, it is pushed open by cow to remind us of our duties! Our family, like many other Hindu vegetarian families, believes in feeding cows, so all food leftovers are given to cow.