Post 63, Abdullahpur Basti, Ludhiana

6:30 p.m.: The flour mill is operating to full capacity, with Hiralal, Bablu, Mevalal, Lallan and Kalki Prasad going about their routine tasks: pouring the wheat into the grinding machine, collecting the flour in sacks and packing and sealing the sacks for delivery. Bablu tells me that Rachit is away in Manjitnagar: he surmises that Rachit is collecting pending payments on Birjinder’s behalf. His fever seems to have subsided now.