Post 80, Abdullahpur Basti, Ludhiana

4:00 p.m.: I meet Rachit outside Kamal flour mill as he makes his way to an electronics shop in the neighbourhood. He informs me that the Bharatiya Janata Party has swept the Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly elections. Sounding and looking thoroughly pleased, Rachit hopes this will be the beginning of a new era for that State.

I accompany him to the electronics shop, where Rachit wants to purchase a TV cable. But the shop is out of stock. Rachit then notices a pair of headphones on the counter, and connects it to his mobile to check the sound system. The shopkeeper then connects the headphones to his own iphone and asks Rachit to check out the sound quality. Rachit loves the superior sound quality but cannot not purchase the headphone as he doesn’t have enough money.