Do you think the characters in the story were speaking to each other in English? If not, in which language were they speaking? (You can get clues from the names of the persons and the non-English words used in the story?)
The story is set in a rural background and the people seem to be not much educated. This makes it clear that English cannot be the language of communication. The names of characters such as Bholi, Sulekha, Lakshmi, Ramlal further point
The protagonist, Bholi didn’t even know what a school was and had seen English words for the first time which further indicates that English was not common among the people of the village.