Rekha Devi hung tight when the loader's bright, yellow arm jerked as if to goad her into disembarking. She clung on drawing her legs closer for strength, ignoring the cries piercing the air-- as the machine retreated across the unpaved ground, its driver steering frantically.
She still had a hand on the loader when it rose to seek refuge in height. A turbaned villager who had stayed behind her wisely helped her down. This was an anti-encroachment drive: one about which Rekha Devi, the sarpanch of Mandawala village (Jalore) in Rajasthan, obviously had strong feelings.
Back on terra firma, she was still pointing in the direction of the JCB machine as it fell back further.