Post 8, Sargana

10: 30 a.m. Shyamdev Mandal is back. He tells me he was away at his in-laws’ house. He has cut short his visit because he wants to be in Sargana in time for the counting of the votes, which is scheduled to start within a couple of days. He has had no news of his son for a few weeks, but shrugs off his worries by talking about the elections. Shyamdev then tells me he has to go to meet Ramchandra and his wife, and takes my leave.