Babu Baijoo admits that his real name — Vidyavrata — is quite a mouthful. A Sanskrit word, it literally means “a vow of knowledge”. The name was given to Baijoo, who was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1948, by his late uncle, a Sanskrit and Hindi scholar. It was from his parents that Baijoo learnt the value of both commerce and philanthropy. Although a successful businessman, Baijoo’s father was virtually illiterate.