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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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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