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.

Post 1, Sargana

4:00 p.m.
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. 

5:15 p.m.
 Shailendra buys half a kilo of bhindi, two kilos of chicken, a sickle and a few undergarments before we head back home.