Ruchir Joshi is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of a novel, The Last Jet-Engine Laugh, and is currently working on another, set in Calcutta during the Second World War. ‘Moving Parts’ is a series of dispatches from the irregular landscape of Indian working life. Parts of it appear in Granta 109, ‘Work’. ‘Tracing Puppa’ is part of a series of irregular essays about memory and growing up. He has two sons, aged sixteen and twelve.