Shops

I have already photographed a couple of the village shops but, just to give you a flavour of shopping in different parts of the country, I will post up some photos of shops. In Navsari, our nearest big town, there are hundreds of shops many of them are small and not much bigger than kiosks. There are no obvious chain stores and there is only one supermarket which is brand new.

Let's start with a bike shop, what else? No wonder Rachel Carter couldn't find a mountain bike to buy!

Let's start with the local bike shop. No wonder Rachel Carter couldn't find a mountain bike to buy!

Typical roadside and telephone kiosk. We called Arun on his birthday from here.

Typical roadside and telephone kiosk. We called Arun on his birthday from here.

'Pack it high, sell it cheap' seems to be the mantra.

'Pack it high, sell it cheap' seems to be the mantra

Hello, is that Birmingham?!

Hello, is that Birmingham?!

High fashion indeed

High fashion indeed

There is a constant queue for petrol and these boys will sell it by the pop bottle.

There is a constant queue for petrol and these boys will sell it by the pop bottle.

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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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Moti Pethan

Here are a few images from our village to show you some of the local sights

The road in to Moti Pethan

The road in to Moti Pethan

Moti Pethan village school - and all pupils and staff + 3 of us!

Moti Pethan village school - and all pupils and staff + 3 of us!

The village shop with all your essentials!

The village shop with all your essentials!

The village pond

The village pond

3 cheeky chappies!

3 cheeky chappies!

Here's where you collect your eggs!

Here is where you get your eggs!

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