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Modern houses

Just in case you are beginning to think that everyone here is living in shabby country farmhouses – here are a few pictures of some of the more modern houses we have been to in the last couple of weeks. All the people who own these houses have lived and worked abroad in wealthier countries like the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Holland, Germany etc. Many of their family members still live abroad and send money back here regularly. Some, like Bharti’s father, are retired people who spend 6 – 8 months in India and return to the UK for the summer.

All of these houses seem to follow a similar style of ostentatious proportions regardless of their location. They really stick out in some small villages, towering over other people’s more traditional homes. They are often painted very bright colours and inside everything is marble – the floors, skirtings, stairs, balconies and most of the kitchen. Compared to the older homes, creature comforts are everywhere: flushing toilets, showers, satellite tv, running water and sinks etc. Some people have also brought home the idea of having a garden with rose bushes and a lawn but this is very hard work to maintain. More successful is the small-holding attached to most of these homes, usually packed with fruit trees, various vegetables and sometimes, animals. In my experience there is always at least one person hired to help around the house and possibly one other to maintain the garden. Not a bad lifestyle for someone who probably spent their life running a small shop in Coventry!

Another subtle and under-stated driveway

Another subtle and under-stated driveway

No, not Beckingham Palace. Just another bloke who ran a sub post office...

No, not Beckingham Palace. Just another bloke who ran a sub post office...

...and here's the west wing

...and here's the west wing

Nice bright colours for a sunny country

Nice bright colours for a sunny country

Blending-in is not what it's about!

Blending-in is not what it

Don't worry, do not adjust your monitor...

Don't worry, do not adjust your monitor

All mod cons - including solar panels

All mod cons - including solar panels

Mosaic roof

Mosaic roof

Marble staircase

Marble staircase

Every balcony must have one - a swing.

Every balcony must have one - a swing.

Modern fitted kitchen

Modern fitted kitchen

All very clean and tidy

All very clean and tidy

Typical back garden, big enough for mango trees and plenty of veg.

Typical back garden, big enough for mango trees and plenty of veg.

A rare sight - a lawn and a bit of landscaping.

A rare sight - a lawn and a bit of landscaping.

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