While relishing a cool evening walk in the countryside, Meehan and Aimer stopped at a clearing along the path, nestled between rice fields that lay dormant after harvesting. Children, who had created a make-shift playing pitch, were rushing towards garments, mostly Pheran, which they had taken off and collected to serve as wickets; some put them on, and some ran off clutching their retrieved clothes in their hands. The scene reminded Aimer of the days they too played cricket in their neighbourhood. All the family members would join in, even the elders, and their neighbours, too, would come and take part.

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