Betrayed by lovers, friends and society, a young doctor seeks redemption in nature
The novel, narrated in first person by an unnamed medical student and doctor, is divided into three sections.
The opening section, ‘Lover’, finds him studying medicine in Jamshedpur. After a string of affairs, he discovers an all-consuming, unrequited passion for Samir, a junior at the college. In ‘Friend’, the young doctor, escaping heartbreak, finds relief in Pakur where he meets Bada Babu only to uncover a sordid tale of apathy and exploitation. And in ‘Father’ he takes refuge in his parents’ home in Ghatshila and wonders if his father’s obsessive gardening has anything to do with the choices his son has made.