10:45 a.m.: Shyamdev Mandal sits on the machan outside his hut, while his younger son Jitendra manages the counter. He is worried because his wife has not been well. The doctor has asked her to get some tests done, and they are awaiting the results.
Shyamdev is further upset because he has heard no news from his son. His son-in-law returned to his village last week, and they were anticipating Gyanesh’s return this week. But there has been no news from Gyanesh at all. It’s the fifth day of the ten-day long Dussehra festival, and it would have been nice if Gyanesh had been able to join them.