Post 51, Arati Chowk, Ludhiana

7:00 p.m.: Rachit calls me on my mobile. He has just finished attending to Amarjeet Kaur, his employer Birjinder’s aunt who is still intensive care. He will be driving past Arati Chowk and asks me if I am free. I say I am.

Rachit reaches Arati Chowk in ten minutes. He informs me that there is little improvement in Amarjeet’s health. He says he is exhausted and wants to hang around in the locality for about an hour. I suggest we could go to a mall nearby, but he says he does not have the time for that.

“I have to be back in Birjinder’s home by 8. And once I am done with the household chores, I must watch Kalash,” he tells me, referring to a tele serial he follows regularly.