Archive for December, 2008

Traditional village house

Here are some pictures of the interior of houses in Moti Pethan. These houses are about 100 years old and some are very colourful. Usually there are beds as well as seats in the front rooms and you have to be careful not to sit on a sleeping child or granny! The first time I came to India I stayed in a house like this. It only had an outside toilet, no running water and the floor was made of grass mixed with dried dung – surprisingly nice to walk on!

old-style front door

old-style front door

All windows have shutters but no glass. The metal bars keep out intruders but not the mosquitoes!

All windows have shutters but no glass. The metal bars keep out intruders but not the mosquitoes!

Front door lock

Front door lock

Shelves don't come from IKEA - they are built in with style!

Shelves don't come from IKEA - they are built in with style!

The shutters are even better on the inside

The shutters are even better on the inside

A wall cupboard

A wall cupboard

Every home, office and shop has a shrine

Every home, office and shop has a shrine

The powerful sun and the monsoon rain soon destroy paintwork

The powerful sun and the monsoon rain soon destroy paintwork

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Typical house in Karadi

This house belongs to Bhartimasi, our aunt. She is not married and lives here alone. Along time ago, our Bha (grandmother) grew up in this house but she now lives in Coventry.

kitchen

kitchen

the wet area is in the corner of the kitchen

Water is kept in the corner of the kitchen but there isn't a sink.

The bathroom

The bathroom

The toilet - squatters only!

The toilet - squatters only!

Many villagers cook over an open fire like this one

Many villagers cook over an open fire like this one

Clothes washing is done outside

Clothes washing is done outside

Bhartimasi's backyard

Bhartimasi's backyard

The local temple in Karadi

The local temple in Karadi

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Homes in Moti Pethan

Here is a selection of pictures showing what most of the homes look like in our village of Mothi Pethan. The older houses are about 100 years old. Some houses are much bigger and newer than others. This is because relatives living and working in plces like Europe, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand have sent money home to pay for a new house. The house we live in is a new one and has flushing toilets, shower, taps and electricity. This keeps us happy because we can easily charge ipods, camers and laptops!

Most of the older houses only have the electricity and have to fetch and store all their water from pumps or wells around the village. Some people have fridge freezers, televisions and dvd players but no-one has a washing machine and no-one needs a tumble dryer – the sun is always out! Clothes washing is done in the back yard and you can pay someone to do it for you.

Dada's palace!

Dada's palace

another newer style of house

another newer style of house

more traditional style

more traditional style

Terraced housing!

tha cowshed is often attached to the house

the cowshed is often attached to the house

Many of the houses have yards for storing fuel or keeping animals

Many of the houses have yards for storing fuel or keeping animals

There are several (very) small shops in the village

There are several (very) small shops in the village that sell eggs, sugar, rice, sweets and fried snacks.

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Out in the fields

After a week of getting out of bed late and just showing up for the fun jobs like feeding the chickens, it was finally time to get a taste of a real farm job. All of the children (including Gromit) went on their cousins’ tractor to a field several kilometers away owned by the family. After crossing several other fields and dismantling a few temporary ‘fences’ of thorn branches (nasty on the hands and legs!) we finally arrived in our field. Fortunately the grass we needed was already cut and tied, so all we had to do was load it on to the trailer. Hard enough work in the heat though – and we had to be careful of all the ticks in the hay…nice!

Gromit heads off for his first day of real work in the fields

Gromit heads off for his first day of real work in the fields

and off they went into the jungle...

and off they went into the jungle...

Dismantling the thorn bush fences designed to keep out animals

Dismantling the thorn bush fences designed to keep out animals

Gromit finds the hay that needs loading and starts barking out the orders

Gromit finds the hay that needs loading and starts barking out the orders

Anya's aunt and uncle are the only ones who really know what they are doing and they begin to stack the hay carefully as we all watch

Anya's aunt and uncle are the only ones who really know what they are doing and they begin to stack the hay carefully while we all watch and learn.

Anya's masi (aunty) wears a long sleeve shirt and scarf to protect herself from dust and ticks

Bharti, Anya's masi (aunt), wears a long sleeve shirt and scarf to protect herself from dust and ticks.

Then we get a go. Come on Sanjeev, put your back in to it!

Then we get a go. Come on Sanjeev, put your back in to it!

Here you go, catch!

Here you go, catch!

Finally we are fully loaded and the hay is tied to the trailer

Finally we are fully loaded and the hay is tied to the trailer

Gromit showed up again when all the hard work was done!

Gromit showed up again when all the hard work was done! Don't worry Anya didn't drive the tractor...

...Sunesh did!

...Sunesh did!

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