Post 31

6 p.m.: Rachit is working at the flour mill, covered from head to toe in flour dust. Birjinder has deployed him in the mill to cover for the absence of Hiralal as well as Ambika who has been off sick for the last few days. Vishnu, Mevalal and Bablu go about their work as usual.

They all look at me incredulously when I ask if Rachit will be paid extra for his work in the mill. “The malik is very stingy,” Bablu whispers. “He does not pay us for loading and unloading weights onto clients’ vehicles. We have to haggle with them ourselves. Rachit knows better than to expect him to pay even a rupee extra.”