Bose was pleased at the suggestion and told the push-push bearers to take him to the village. They needed no second bidding, and the Inspector was soon being trundled across the paddy fields that lay between the village and the road. Arrived there, he hastened to the merchant's house and asked to see him.
Travelling was done by palki or by "push-push" -a box-like carriage on four wheels, in which the traveller was forced to recline, and which relays of coolies pushed before them. The roads were often mere tracks through dense forest. It happened that Mr. Gupta was ordered to report on some important work a few miles away. His devoted wife carefully packed his luggage.
The night was not far advanced when the orderly returned with a push-push and eight bearers, and Bose started off, attended by his cook and body-servant. The road lay through a forest.
The men discarded their jackets early as they swung to dip the poles. But they dared not strip off the rest of their clothing lest their skin burn. And again gusts of wind now drove sand over the edge of the cut to blanket the water. Shann wiped his eyes, pausing in his eternal push-push, to look at the rocks which they were passing in threatening proximity.