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Three Leicester people maintain their ties with India

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Stories from India - a surgeon, businessman and a couple all from Leicester

Although it is thousands of miles away, India holds a vital link for many people in Leicester.

BBC Leicester's Sumeer Kalyani has been taking a closer look at how three different people are maintaining their own ties with the subcontinent.

Saving lives

Leicester surgeon helps save children's lives in India

A Leicester surgeon has been taking medical staff from the East Midlands to help hundreds of children and babies in India.

Dr Sanjiv Nichani, founder of the charity Healing Little Hearts, travels to Mumbai's Holy Family Hospital every two months.

During their visit the medical staff perform around 10 operations on children who otherwise may not have a chance.

BBC Leicester's Sumeer Kalyani travelled to the capital city to watch Dr Nichani and his team at work.

Factory expands

Leicester firm expands Gujarat site for Indian market

A Leicester food manufacturer has started work to expand their factory in Gujarat to cater for the growing Indian market.

Nainesh Patel, owner of Farsan Foods, opened the site in India after discovering a demand for handmade samosas and other savoury items from the country.

The building in Vadodara city has also been producing and exporting a range of products to Europe and America.

BBC Leicester's Sumeer Kalyani spoke to Nainesh, who said the Leicester factory has been working alongside the site in India.

Leicester to India

Retired Leicester couple move to India after 40 years

A retired couple have returned to their ancestral roots after spending more than 40 years in Leicester.

Hansa and Chiman Naker have been setting up home in their brand new apartment in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India.

They first came to the UK from East Africa during the Asian exodus, but it has been their lifelong dream to move to India.

BBC Leicester's Sumeer Kalyani met the couple in the hot country to find out how they are adjusting to the cultural changes.

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