• Born on March 15th, 1943 in Köslin (Germany);
  • After completing High School in 1962 six months stay in Finland as Au Pair, followed by a training in several newspaper offices; since 1965 sub-editor with Associated Press (AP) and the Protestant News Agency (epd) in Frankfurt/Main;
  • 1981-1989 Studies in Sociology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt/Main; Diploma (equal to a Master-Degree) in Sociology; language course at the Central Institute of Hindi in New Delhi;
  • Many years of service, voluntary as well as full time, for the Association of binational Families and Partnerships (Verband binationaler Familien und Partnerschaften – iaf) and the Indian Cultural Institute in Frankfurt/Main.
  • Worked for several years as a freelance course instructor and trainer in intercultural communication and related subject, for example at the Volkshochschule Frankfurt.

Our main residence is in Germany, but since 1993 we regularly spend part of the year at our second residence in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India.

  • Born on August 4th, 1924 in the village of Shivpuri, District Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh, India;
  • As a follower of Gandhi, participant in the Indian Freedom Struggle, jailed during the „Quit India“ movement 1942;
  • M.A. in Hindi at the University of Allahabad, D.Lit. at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands;
  • Head of the Hindi department at the Elphinstone College in Bombay; taught Hindi, Hindi Literature, Indian Culture and Philosophy at the South Asia Insitute, Heidelberg (Germany), the University of California, Berkeley (USA), the University of Bucharest (Romania) and the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main (Germany); held Guest Lectures at the University of Beijing (China) in 1991.
  • In the 1950’s and 60’s for nine years member of the Indian Central Board of Film Censor; also Member of the Committee to select the best films for the Indian President’s Award and the Film Music Selection Committee of All India Radio;
  • Lives mainly in Germany since 1967;
  • For many years head of the Indian Cultural Institute in Frankfurt/Main (Germany), which he founded in 1985.

We build bridges between cultures. In doing so, we focus mainly on our two home countries Germany and India, but also on intercultural relations in general. We use different means, increasingly those of creative and artistic nature. For a long time, emphasis has been on our writings and translations. The purpose of this website is to share our activities with you. You’ll find here information about our old and new writings as well as our future projects. This way we hope to make it easier for interested people to access our books. At the same time we want to draw attention to some neglected subjects. In Germany one of them is the contemporary literature in Indian languages, for example Hindi, which has hardly received the attention it deserves. In India, on the other hand, questions of intercultural communication and intercultural learning are such a neglected subject, in spite of the cultural diversity of the country. Our website is meant to encourage changes in perspective – changes which we, too, need to make again and again. Therefore, we are looking forward to all responses, which we may receive from our visitors.