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chapter 4 chapter 4: A conversation with a houseboat owner
A conversation with a houseboat owner
A conversation with a houseboat owner
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A CONVERSATION WITH A HOUSEBOAT OWNER

The participants are a tourist, Ashok and, a houseboat owner. A houseboat is generally owned and managed by a single person, and is leased for lengths of time varying from an overnight stay to a full summer season's stay. On leasing a houseboat (often the lease is  verbal), the set contextual phrases are as follows:
Houseboat owner: Certainly, take a look at it. It's very beautiful. How many persons are there?

Houseboat owner: For how long do you want to stay?
(and, the invariable inquiry)

Ashok: What is the charge?

It is after this last inquiry that the unavoidable bargaining begins.


Houseboat owner: Greetings, Sahib. Come, Sahib, stay in the houseboat.

Ashok: Well, I would like to see the houseboat.

Houseboat owner: Certainly, take a look at it. It's very beautiful. How many persons are there?

Ashok: I am the only one.

Houseboat owner: For how long do you want to stay?

Ashok: One week.

Houseboat owner: All right, let's go.

Ashok: How far is the houseboat?

Houseboat owner: Near Dal Gate.

Ashok: How many rooms does it have?

Houseboat owner: Four rooms, two for sleeping (two bedrooms), one for sitting (one living room), and one for cooking and dining (and a dinette-kitchen).

Ashok: What is the charge?

Houseboat owner: Just twenty rupees a day.

Ashok: All right, I will look at the houseboat.

Houseboat owner: Yes, sir, let's go.
 

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