Rachit calls me from Ranigunj where he is riding his friend’s autorickshaw for the last time before he leaves for Ludhiana. He tells me he has heard that the tracks are clear and there is no fear of flooding for the next few days at least. We will take the Saharsa route rather than the Patna route. Have I packed my stuff, he asks? I tell him I have. He says he still has to start. He asks me to be at his place by 5 p.m. the following day, July 30. I tell him I will be there.