Post 16, Bija

7:30 a.m.: Shailendra and Sundar reach Bija, along with three other cousins. In addition, two friends from Purnea have also joined them. He has high temperature, and decides to stay on in Bija rather than proceeding to Balmaripur to start work at the gurdwara there. He tells me he would have left earlier but was informed by their friends here that there was no money to pay them with, hence he decided to delay his return. It was only when Damodar called to assure him that he would be paid as promised that he decided to return.

4:00 p.m.: Damodar returns from Balmaripur to Bija. He tells Shailendra about the possibility of going slow on the gurdwara as the Committee has decided to postpone all construction. Work on the dome for which Damodar had offered Shailendra the contract is likely to commence only in January. Only one labourer is required in Beeja, instead of the five who were working here earlier.

Shailendra’s cousins are now considering other options. Sundar might proceed to Moradabad. Sattan, Brajesh and Indri- the other workers employed at this site- have already left for other locations.