Kavya’s India Part 4: The World’s Biggest Family

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Kavya, a Year 6 Young Journalist based at Burgh School, has family roots in India and the highlight of her year is when she makes her annual visit to see her relatives based in New Delhi. She has decided to share her love of this vast country with YJA readers! (To read all her stories type in ‘Kavja’ in the YJA search box above.)


The World’s Biggest Family 


The world’s biggest family live in a 100-room, four-story mansion set amidst the hills of Baktwang village in the Indian state of Mizoram.

You may think this is unnecessary but this is all needed as the head of the family, 72-year-old Ziona Chana, has 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughter-in-laws and 33 grandchildren! (By comparison, Britain’s biggest family has ‘only’ 18 children.)

Ziona is not stressed by the size of his household – he says he is ‘blessed to have his family all together’.

Mr Chana told the Sun newspaper: “I feel like God’s special child and I’m proud of all of my family. God has given me lots of people to look after and I’m thankful for my gifts!”

The men of the family work as carpenters and this makes Ziona very proud. “We don’t want any help from the government,” he says.

Obviously, the family needs very spacious accommodation; the Chanas’ house is four stories high and has 100 rooms! (The wives and children sleep in giant communal dormitories.)

And if you wondered, one evening meal can see them pluck 30 chickens, peel 132lb of potatoes and boil up to 220lb of rice.

Apparently, all the wives get along very well (see picture of them returning from their daily shop) and there is hardly any infighting among them. One of the many wives said: “If a family system is laid on the founding stone of mutual and genuine love and respect for each and every member then the system is guaranteed to be a success.”

Altogether, there are 181 in this family members and they’re all very proud of the records they have broken!


Kavya, Year 6

Burgh School

13 Responses to Kavya’s India Part 4: The World’s Biggest Family

  1. admin November 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I’m really enjoying your series, Kavya. Your stories are all very different and take us deep inside this remarkable country.

    YJA Editor

  2. Kavya November 30, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Bill thank you but you spelled my name wrong it is Kavya

    • admin November 30, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      Apologies, Kavya! You’ll see I’ve now amended.


  3. eryn December 1, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Great job Kavya; I really hope there is a part five and part six because I don’t want these articles to stop!

  4. Aston December 1, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I love your series, keep up the hard work.

  5. Danni December 4, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    WOW! Good article Kavya. I can’t believe there’s 181 people in one family. I mean 18 is enough, but 181 is toooooooo many.
    Keep up the good work.

  6. Niral December 5, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Good article!

  7. Louis December 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Great article! I never knew a family could get that big!!

  8. Aimee December 6, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    WOW Kavya, I loved this article you should be proud!

  9. Damian December 6, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    What a massive family! Keep up the good work Kavya.

  10. Jake December 6, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Wow Kavaya, great article, really enjoying your series.

  11. Katie December 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Well done Kavya, I love all your Indian articles but this one was my favourite! There are so many people in that family. Keep up the good work Kavya, your articles are amazing!

  12. Elvie and Frankie December 6, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Amazing Kavya, it’s great to know how many members could actually be in a family that all get along so well. We have really enjoyed your series so we will be looking out for another one of your interesting articles. Well done!


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