Look at this 125-yr-old house in TVM; the key is 100 years old
Thiruvananthapuram: When most of the people are competing to renovate their old houses for a modern look, an aged couple here is not ready to leave their old ancestral house. Sukumaran Nair who is close to 90 years and his wife 85-year-old Saraswathi are living happily at their 125-year-old house.
The small house constructed in ancient Kerala architecture style is a unique sight for the new generation at Kallara here. This house is situated near Elankam temple.
The wooden structure on the roof of the house has marked the date of Malayalam calendar 1086.
Teak and Indian laurel wood were mainly used to construct the house. Rooms constructed of wood is the major attraction of the ancestral house.
The bunch of keys which is 100 years old would be a real surprise for all.
Photos of three generations including Sukumaran Nair’s father, grandfather and grandchildren are displayed on the walls of the house.
At the age of 89, Sukumaran Nair continues to read the newspaper as a daily routine in his life.
“Fortunately, we don’t have any severe illness. I think we are healthy because of living in the eco-friendly house,” said Sukumaran Nair. The aged couple also expressed their wish to live in their favourite house till their death. The couple have four children. All of them are settled in separate houses.
“Our children used to invite us to their houses. But we didn’t find the cool atmosphere in our tiny house at their big concrete houses,” said the couple.
Even during hot summer, Sukumaran Nair and Saraswathi Amma are feeling cool in their wooden house. “Earlier the house had coconut leaf thatched roof. We replaced the roof with clay tiles five years ago. We were forced to change the coconut leaf thatched roof due to the shortage of the material and workers,” said Sukumaran Nair.
The seniors in the village appreciate the house as the only ancestral house which is habitable at present.