yes, we will use laterite
no, we will use basalt
the laterite does not have the finish
too much labour costs just to get one finished stone
but, the basalt is too expensive
it comes to almost Rs15/- a stone
where is the wood
we should not cut new wood or should we
Where is the sand
can we make our own bricks using adobe techniques
Hell, now let’s settle for rubble
get the transport organised
Hell, the tyre is punctured again
shit, how will the trucks come in
or we use tractors
what does the law say about building a house on agricultural land
check out the bare acts in maharashtra land revenue code
what is the roof going to be
how big will the windows be
what is the plinth size?
where are the designs?
less cement, almost no bricks
but we will use tiles for roofing?
thatch ?? no way, fire hazard
then Laurie Baker style roof… or what ?
Oh.. lizards will come in… now what ??
whats the costing of it all?
will it fit into the budget?
shit, this is going to be our home
where we two good ‘ole wines will be dancing to certain tunes
all eyes are on andy’s team & lahar to deliver
but we’ve never build one in our lives
may not need to build again
which side…. east, west, north, south has the best views?
this is getting weird or no it’s not
what kind of house is this going to be?
earth house, no, then what is this called?
does the design have enough storing place
seeds, rice, wheat, tools…
should we bother about getting electricity?
well, might as well
where will the fish pond be?
do we have a fire-place, chimney etc?
do we make an oven to make our breads, roasts etc?
where will we hang kabeer’s paintings?
Maan, the month is really whizzing by
Its been a month where i’ve not been able touch the soil in the farm. Time went in getting the materials, finding the right people, the costing, will it fit in our budget, are we doing the right thing by building a place now or should we have waited for a year, but finally all the materials are slowly making their way through Khyber pass on to our land & the (wo)man power to build will be coming in by first week of March & camping on our land for 45 days, till the works is over !
In all this material hunting, costing etc a kind of inertia had set in, but once Andy’s team sets in afoot, it will be really exciting to work with them placing stone over stone & doing the works……
Btw i want to share the following verse, which i heard yesterday & its the magic of Faiz Ahmed Faiz……
To die in order to live
How illuminating it is
To live just to die
How humiliating it is
like a tall graceful tree
& in togetherness
like a dense forest
even while broken
we’ve lived with hope
this is how i’ve loved you……