Zaheeb Ajmal briefs:
9:30 a.m.: I am Mahadev Yadav’s home. His wife Damayanti Yadav has already washed the mud walls and cleaned the floor with cow dung paste. The couple carry their sole cot from their verandah into their courtyard, so that she can clean the verandah. Like many other Hindus across the country, they are sprucing up their house in preparation for Dussehra. Today is the first day of the ten-day long festival.