Post 18, Sargana

10:00 a.m.: Shyamdev Mandal is at his home, getting ready to leave for the bank. He tells me matter-of-factly that Gyanesh will be returning home by the end of the month, and will stay till at least Duseehra (in October). Shyamdev has never been happy about Gyanesh leaving. Today, he tells me his son failed his Year 10 Board Exam, but he hopes he will sit the exams next year. According to him, there are no provisions for holidays or leaves in the factory where Gyanesh works, which makes it impossible for him to come home to visit. But at least he earns INR 8000 per month, which is more than what he can say about himself!