Post 42, Sargana

Zaheeb Ajmal reports:

9:20 a.m.: Shailendra’s father Harish Rishi stands in his courtyard, wearing a pink-coloured T-shirt, advertising the English football team for the FIFA 2019 World Cup. He worries about the trouble he faces procuring seeds and fertilisers for the wheat crop which he intends to plant on his farm.

“The bank has only started allowing us to withdraw cash in the last three-four days. I need cash for the treatment of my grandson and daughter-in-law: they are both ill. Fortunately, I was just able to sell my paddy crop, so the cash the sales helped us meet the cost of food during the last few weeks.”