11 a.m.: Shyamdev Mandal is not home. His neighbour, Harinand Ram, who is passing by, tells me he must be at his farm. Harinand Ram is going towards his own farm to transplant the paddy saplings. Once the transplantation is complete, he will leave for Punjab where he loads sacks of grain onto trucks for local farmers who then transport them to the agricultural markets. Last year, he was paid INR 5/6 for each sack he loaded. This year, he anticipates being paid INR 7/8.
Harinand Ram had also contested the elections in May, but had lost. He is determined to contest again.