Shailendra Rishi and I walk to the weekly haat. He is wearing a green full t-shirt and green shorts. I can’t believe my luck when he asks me to accompany him and his cousins to Punjab, where they are constructing a gurudwara.
I ask Shailendra how he knew about the work in Punjab. Shailendra tells me that as a child he was a cook in the house of the local contractor Bhrameshri Rajak. That was in Danapur, near Patna (about 100 kilometers south). In 2001, Bhrameshri asked Shailendra if he wanted to work in Ludhiana. Shailendra agreed, and there was no turning back.
Shailendra buys half a kilo of bhindi, two kilos of chicken, a sickle and a few undergarments before we head back home.