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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