Post 30, Abdullahpur Basti

6 p.m.: I watch the television at Guddu’s vegetable kiosk. Everyone around is watching the latest updates on demonetisation. An official of the Reserve Bank of India declares that indelible ink will be applied on the fingers of all those who withdraw cash. Heaving a deep sigh, Rachit yawns and complains he is very tired: he has been standing in queues to deposit the old high denomination notes and withdraw cash in the new currency notes for his employer Birjinder from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A fresh supply of wheat has arrived at Kamal flour mill.

7:30 p.m.: I meet Hiralal at his room. He informs me that he returned to Kamal flour mill on Sunday (November 13) to work on a casual basis on Sundays only. That way, he can supplement his earnings from the ironworks foundry with wages from the mill. He complains about the perpetual scowl on Birjinder’s visage, adding that his former employer nonetheless offered that he was welcome to come back to work at the mill whenever he wanted.