Post 56, Arati Chowk, Ludhiana

2:15 p.m.: Rachit stops by at my room on his way back from DMC hospital where Birjinder’s aunt remains admitted. He informs me that her health has remained the same. Her relatives have had to return to their respective homes since they cannot be away from work for a prolonged period of time, so it is now his responsibility to provide care for her. He has been at the hospital since the previous night and is now rushing home to pick up Birjinder’s children from school. Once they have been dropped back home, he will drive back to the hospital to attend to Birjinder’s aunt.

3:00 p.m: Rachit glances at his watch and hurries away.

10:30 p.m.: Rachit forwards me the following whatsapp message, which plays on the unique arrangement of digits in today’s date:

Today, people will know that 16.1.17!!