Post 6, Sargana

5:30 p.m.
Shailendra has collected firewood and deposited it near the canal for his family to use as they need. He will have a bath now and then go to the bazaar

7:00 p.m.
It is dark. Shailendra comes by on his way to the bazaar and asks me if I care for some chai. I gladly agree.  He would have come earlier but his two-year old daughter did not want him to go out. His eyes well up with tears as he describes how much he will miss her when he is away.

7:30 p.m.
Shaliendra shows me the films on his mobile which will keep him entertained on his journey. One of these is Ramta Jogi, a Punjabi-language romantic drama about a mechanic who falls in love with a rich girl, with tragic consequences.  

7:45 p.m.
Shailendra buys a ‘fairness cream’ and some generic medicines for indigestion, as well as a health tonic for his daughter.  We walk back together. He sees me off at my home before hurrying back to his.