In school, I remember feeling this intense desire to meet an Eskimo so that I could wangle an invitation to his home and check for myself if he actually had carved his home out of blocks of ice. Now, when I was asked to make an igloo's replica, it's another thing that the Mallu kid chose to make it out a scraped out coconut shell and smother the woody igloo in cotton to get make-believe ice.
Ooohh by the way, it is important to know here that just because I am a Malayali, I wasn't born on a houseboat and I haven't lived on one. Somehow I get this feeling that most people planning a trip to Kerala and seeking my advice expected me to be a veteran of houseboats - the kettuvallam kinds!
Sadly, even though I did manage to travel to Kashmir and enjoy Kashmiri hospitality, it wasn't on a houseboat....I peeked into a few as I took liesurely rides on the shikaara....and it is not like gardens can only be grown if you have a patch of land! Some innovation, a bit of ingenuity and imagination - and home can be on watery foundation but then imagine investing in shikaras or boats like gondolas to get around instead of mooning over a Porsche or a Ferrari?!!