8:30 a.m.: I am at Shyamdev Mandal’s house, but he is not in. His friend Krishna Hembrom is in, though, sitting on the machaan and helping himself to the chillam.
8:45 a.m.: Shyamdev’s friend Vinay Mandal sits at his favourite haunt at the Block bazaar with his friends. Vinay complains to them that Shyamdev raised funds from the village public in his, Vinay’s, name (to pay for court fees, lawyer’s fees, etc.), but has not accounted for the funds.