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.”

Post 39, Barmalipur, Ludhiana

2:00 p.m.: Shailendra and I speak on the phone (I have not been keeping well, so we chatted on the phone). Shailendra has still not been able to go the bank to exchange his high-denomination currency notes. He says he will be only able to leave after the 15th, when his workload will be slightly reduced.

Shailendra tells me that Damodar Rajak, his contractor, will also return from Sargana on November 15.