Narendra, the father, is unwell, a TB patient, and into drink. Kala, keeps the fires burining at home, She herself blind is in one eye,
Narendra I have known since he was a boy. A good boy, but his family was very poor, and the children were all very undernourished. His mother died of a snakebite and the father, weak in health, suffering from TB, unable to work hard, could not bring up the children. The daughters were married off early in desperation to undesirable men. Now the boy Narendra is a father of two girls – again poor, again unable to work hard, and the cycle goes on. And with the government removing probibition, and promoting liquor, along with many others his age he has become a drunkard.