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The Bohras were given land on the south-east of the first wall, which was not well drained. This settlement seems to have been very well planned. The streets form a grid. Most plots would have streets on two ends, because of which they have very long linear plan forms. The chowk in between becomes a necessity for provision of light and ventilation, due to the length of the plot. The corner house is not different from other houses.

The plinth of a typical Bohra house is a very high and thus restricts active interaction between passerby on the street and the residents. Hence, the otla cannot be regarded as an extension of the interior spaces, as is true for the Hindu houses. This space leads to the deli from where the staircase grows up. It usually would have a large chowk where the family would gather and eat together. The toilets were also usually located in the chowk. From the chowk, one would enter the baithak(room) and then the final sleeping area or ordo, where namaz was offered. These houses were characterised by their minimalist furniture and high quality of wooden cupboards. The staircase is unusual in being in one line, with landing on different floors.

The floors above were used for sleeping in different seasons. The upper floors are staggered away from the chowk cut-out, such that one gets a pleasing terrace on the upper floor which also allows light and ventilation into the chowk.

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