It is an unusually sunny winter morning in Birgunj, a border town in Nepal, minutes away from Bihar. The people are out in greater numbers on the streets than in recent weeks. The Ghantaghar (clock tower) in the middle of  the town is seeing more traffic than usual, with rickshaws jostling for space and bikers yelling out or honking; all except the clock are in a hurry. The urgency is palpable. Mahavir Dharamshala on the main road running through the old town is eerily quiet. Built by