Post 54, DMC Hospital, Ludhiana

4:00 p.m.: Rachit attends to Birjinder’s aunt who is still admitted in intensive care. He is wearing his usual red and black coloured jacket. His brother Suraj has sent him a video of a devotional gathering in their village, which Rachit shows me with much enthusiasm. He then borrows my phone to watch some Punjabi music videos: one of these depicts a young Punjabi man trying to woo a woman in a European location.

Rachit informs me that Suraj will get leave for a couple of days for Makar Sankranti, the harvest festival as it is celebrated elsewhere in India. Alas, he cannot hope for any such leave since he must be at the beck and call of his employer.

7:00 p.m.: Rachit is relieved of his caregiving duties for the day, as another member of Birjinder’s family takes over. We walk over to a langar in the neighbourhood, a community kitchen organised by the neighbouring gurudwara, where we are served with a sumptuous meal.