Post 41, Abdullahpur Basti

6:00 p.m.: Rachit is busy with two puppies, trying his best to drive them away into the adjoining alleyway. “If they hang around here, they are sure to be crushed under a car or jeep. They’ll be safe in the alley,” he explains.

6:15 p.m.: His mission accomplished, Rachit informs me that his brother did indeed succeed in exchanging the now-illegal 1,000- rupee note, but did so for a mere Rs 600!

“What can I do,” he sighs on seeing the shock on my face. “He is the lord of his own world.”