Meeting of my adoptive indian sister with nuns of St Joseph who took care of her when she was a baby
Since our childhood, we bathed in a cosmopolitan environment. Indeed we lived in a family made up of several nationalities because of adoption of four children coming from Vietnam, India and Algeria.
This multinational component helped us to apprehend life on another way. Indeed, although our adopted brothers and sisters received same education, they reacted differently according to their origins.
This observation sharpened my curiosity to go to discover by myself these different cultures so that once the acquired majority, I left to the adventure to India where I accomplished several stays from 1981 to 1984:
Two six months stays in the north of India, in Himachal Pradesch where I lived in an hamlet of untouchables (humblest of the social layers in the very arranged hierarchically system of the castes) sharing the very hard daily life of these people of the mountains
and appreciating their warm welcome, their love for life centered on essential.
Under snow in Himachal Pradesh
A six months stay during which I carried out the turn of the Holy Cities of South of India on the basis of Varanasi until Rameshwaram then while going up along the west coast to join Mumbaï in order to better apprehend the diversity of the principal religions practiced in India : the Hinduism, Buddhism, Islamic and Catholicism. With my friends, we attended a gathering of faithful of the four religions in the same prayer. Incredible India!
A three months stay in the Nepal where I took part in the life of these very poor but friendly people, sharing with me the little they had… The Tibetans refugees in Nepal particularly received me in a very nice way.
Then with a girl friend met in India, we hitchhiked to Crete (Greece) where we lived one year sharing the work of seasonal workers : the grape harvest, the collecting of olives, the picking of oranges, tomatoes, eggplants etc… There too we appreciated the art of living with ease of these very friendly people.
Then I returned to France and with some friends as passionated as I'm of India, we created an association 1901 “Alliance” in order to promote the creation of an agricultural and artisanal cooperative in Himachal Pradesh which gathered the inhabitants of the village of Naggar in order to share their means of production (hiring of farm equipment, of orchards…). A small shop was opened in the village in order to sell local productions (shawls and stoles out of woven wool, socks and gloves…). Finally some tourist routes were set up privileging the discovery of an authentic India, far from the circuits organized by the large tour operators.
We thus voluntarily supported this association during about ten years.
Boat bus at Bangkok
Then the taste of adventure starting again, I wanted to know Asia in a better way and I thus left for Thailand and Vietnam. Southeast Asia… Other mentalities, other impregnated of Buddhism philosophy meetings so enriching and often magic.
What I retain of my various voyages, it is that one can be happy anywhere, that the most important is to live in agreement with its conscience, and to smile to the life, without being afraid to give its person… to create what I call of the “sparks of life” in its daily life…
My dream was to be able to create a small shop in France in order to sell directly the local productions discovered at the time of my various stays but the lack of financial means made starting difficult. A road accident during which I failed to lose my life allowed me, thanks to a compensation allowance, of launching my project.
Thus was born in September 1992 my small company named “Daniavad” (which means “thank you” in indi) making it possible to sell on the markets of the region of Lyon (France) my products bought in India, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam.
Those twelve years spent in working on outside markets have been very rich in human relationships with my customers and my colleagues. IAnd it's in order to give a response to the demand of my customers that came to my mind this idea to create a website. It has not been easy and I thank a lot my webmaster for his patience and tenacity, my son for his precious help in understanding and data acquisition and my husband for his moral support !