In our neighborhood in Delhi, most houses/apartment buildings have a guard at the gate. I suspect it has more to do with status than actual protection - but at least there are enough of them they can keep each other company on our very quiet street. The lucky guards have a small shack to keep them dry in the rain and to give them a place to keep a few of their things.
Our guard has a shack, but as you can see in the photos, the shack straddles a ditch in front of the house. To keep it level, Delhi ingenuity was put to work. Now, to me it seems a bit unstable, but I haven't seen it move or tip in the nearly two years we've had this place.
A beautiful song that popped up on shuffle today while I was at work proofing a document.