Post 50, Sargana, Ludhiana

9:50 a.m.: Mahadev Yadav and his wife Vimala Yadav are washing the courtyard of their home with cowdung paste. Mahadev is wearing a pair of shorts but otherwise bare chested. “Naye saal ki shubhakamanayein,” he greets me for the new year. “Not likely to have too many customers today, so thought it good to clean up the house while we can,” he adds. The shop is closed, although its nearly 10 am.