Buyers in Kochi's Ernakulam and Edappally districts are told of their high-quality, professional, middle-class neighbours, in a nice area "without the snotty attitude". Many reinvest their earnings in property.The province also offers excellent schools, colleges and universities for those who choose to settle here. Kochi, the capital, is one of the fastest-growing cities in India, a major port with forts, palaces and museums, as well as shopping malls, marinas and a popular beach at Fort Kochi.One of the most engaging aspects of the fledgling appeal of the property market to British buyers, weary of home-grown sales speak, is that property details still tell it like it is. "I'd like to see you," she said, "but I'm not that bothered about your tablecloth, even if it is Cath Kidston." Sometimes they don't seem quite appreciative enough of their surroundings.Recently my best friend saw fit to criticise my garden: "Roses like light, Kate," she said, "I'm not sure it'll get enough there," before making derisive comments about the "stunted growth" of a tobacco plant. Among potential British buyers, its stock as a tourist destination is rising, both for chill-out beach holidays and as the centre of Ayurvedic medicine.Kerala has also exported a huge number of workers to the Middle East, particularly the United Arab Emirates, and to Europe.
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Compared to Phuket, Thailand, where a beachside apartment is currently on sale for £190,000, or the Costa del Sol, where £150,000 might be a realistic figure, it's a steal.Yet the real boost to the Indian housing market, and what could lead to a relaxation in the country's protectionist property laws, has been the influx of multinational companies and their money.Kerala, the verdant western province with a white-sand coastline, beautiful rivers and lakes, and lush tropical forests, is starting to feel the effects of the property boom. In Goa, which has a British expat community of about 5,000 and a growing number of British buyers, it is possible to pick up a two-bedroom apartment for less than £30,000, albeit by going through a number of hoops to secure it. He has such a big serve and has done so well in the last couple of weeks that his chances must be very good."Richard Gasquet won 7-6, 6-2 against the Czech Tomas Zib to set up a match with Yorkshire's Jonathan Marray. The Frenchman, 18, who reached the quarter-finals at Queen's Club, said: "The low bounce on the court is not one I like because I prefer to play on clay, but I still think I can play well."Johansson beat Dmitry Tursunov 7-6, 6-3 after the Russian got a second chance following Andrew Murray's withdrawal. The 18-year-old Scot needed two extra days to recover from the ankle injury he suffered at Queen's.Murray's wild card for the All England club is not believed to be in jeopardy.
In a statement, the reigning US Open junior champion said: "It was a close call but as there is a slight inflammation still in the ankle. I am really looking forward to playing at Wimbledon."In Den Bosch, Elena Dementieva was forced to retire from her Ordina Open second-round match against Denisa Chladkova thanks to a shoulder injury.Michaella Krajicek, the 16-year old sister of the former Wimbledon champion Richard, defeated Ludmila Cervanova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-3 to reach the second round.. Eleven years have elapsed since Conchita Martinez denied Martina Navratilova a 10th Wimbledon singles title, but the Spaniard, on her day, is still capable of frustrating opponents. Martinez then eased away to win 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.It could be argued that Martinez denied Baltacha a £50,000 bonus, offered by the sponsors to any British player who reached the quarter-finals. But to have achieved that, Baltacha would have had to overcome Martinez and then Kim Clijsters, the former world No 1, in the second round.Clijsters, who made the point that "Conchita has a tricky game on grass", was proved correct. The windy conditions were also tricky yesterday, particularly when the players tossed the ball and hoped it would still be there when they tried to serve.Baltacha was almost swept away at the start of the match, losing the opening four games before breaking for 1-4 and then hitting a couple of aces to hold for 2-4. Baltacha struck again, breaking to 4-5 as Martinez served for the set, and then saving two set points to hold for 5-5.