A small house in a cliff.
A home in a place where it is not safe.
These are the stories that are told at the end of the month by The Times Of India’s readers.
“I am living in a small house called the Cliff House,” says Terence, a retired architect who lives in a rural village in the state of Bihar.
I am staying at my grandmother’s house in the valley where I was born and grew up.
“My parents were a family of seven,” Terence says.
“They worked in the textile mills of Bihar and we had no other option.
I lived with my grandparents till the age of 13 and when I came out of school at the age 17, my family was not in a position to help me out.
At that time I was not ready to become a lawyer.”
I worked in a textile mill, and my grandfather and grandmothers lived in a farm.
I was also a child of immigrants, so I got into the local school system and got my first job at the local railway station.
Terence says that after he retired, he returned to his hometown and lived there as a labourer.
He moved back to Bihar in 2010 to start a new career.
His wife and two children are also staying in the Cliff house, he says.
The Cliff House is one of many such small houses that have sprung up in the country over the last two decades, and Terence is among them.
Many of these homes have been built with an eye to ease living conditions for the elderly.
This is not a case of a home being built to make a living.
The house is meant to be a temporary residence, he explains.
“There is no electricity, water, and gas, and it is just for the purpose of sleeping.
The people who live here can do whatever they want.
There are toilets and running water in the basement, and I have electricity to run the water heater and a small stove for cooking.”
The Cliff house is a modest structure that occupies the ground floor.
It is a small space, which means that there is no wall to block out the sun.
It is made of wooden frames, with one window facing towards the valley.
The interior is made out of wood and brick, and the living space is made up of two rooms with a small kitchen, a bathroom, a toilet, and a bed.
In the bedrooms, there are no windows, and there are only a couple of windows.
It makes a neat space for people to lie down on the floor, and in the bathroom, there is a sink and a shower.
Terence explains that the house was built to be temporary.
“We have a family living in it and our children can go back there whenever they want,” he says, adding that it has a large garden that can be used for outdoor activities.
If you have an accident or get sick, you can take the stairs up to the living room, which is about eight feet long.
And if the house is damaged, it is a good idea to go down to the basement.
The Cliff houses have become the most popular accommodation for the homeless.
A year ago, Terence and his wife, Siti, moved to the Cliff.
“We were happy to be able to stay here,” Tessler says.
He was looking forward to a long life, but now he is not sure whether he will be able.
Siti is still living in her grandparents house, where she was born, and she has started a small business.
Terence has been looking for a place to live for the past two years, and has found it.
According to the Times Of Indias figures, there were 3,000 people living in the Indian state of West Bengal in the last financial year, which ends in September.
Nearly 7,000 of these people are sleeping in the same type of small houses, which have become a popular option for the destitute.
For Tessler, the Cliff is his only way out of the poverty he has been living in for the last 25 years.
When I was working, I was a labourers, and then I came back to study.
Now I am retired, and living on savings.
I am going to start my own business, so there will be no problem,” Tessie says.
The Cliff is one such small house that has emerged in the region over the past few years.
It has become a temporary accommodation for those who do not have the means to rent a place.
The owner of the Cliff has recently sold it to the village council, and its owners are still looking for new housing.
But Terence still feels a sense of isolation from his old life.
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