Post 55, Abdullahpur Basti, Ludhiana

6:00 p.m.: Rachit is in Model Town, where Harjinder’s wife has gone shopping. All his co-workers are at the mill: Bablu, Ambika, Kalki Prasad and Mevalal. Mansharam arrives in his auto after having completed his deliveries and appears to be in a foul mood:

One gets everything here in Ludhiana: work, money, everything. What one doesn’t get is respect. The younger generation: the m******f****** just do not respect us. They keep addressing us as ‘chawl bhaiya’.

I ask him what chawl bhaiya means. He explains:

They call us bhaiya because that’s what people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are called. Chawal (rice) is our staple diet so they mangle the word chawal and call us chawl. And so we become chawl bhaiya.