Post 65, Abdullahpur Basti, Ludhiana

8:00 p.m.: Today is the last Monday of the month for everyone at the mill but not for Rachit. Bablu has invited Rachit over for dinner: he asks me to join them. Bablu introduces Rachit to his nephew Rajesh who has just arrived from his village in Gaya. Rajesh tells Rachit that he has come to Ludhiana only because his uncle Bablu persuaded him.

Rachit talks about the ways in which travelling to Punjab for work changes people. He tells us about his neighbours in Sargana, members of the Musahar community who come to work in Ludhiana.

“They all buy bicycles as soon as they return from Punjab. The very way in which they speak changes.”