Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Aravinda is self-effacing to an incredible degree, humble, unassuming and unambitious. In the West, he would be described as "a doormat," because nearly everyone who is close to him takes advantage of him in some serious way. For instance, though he is in love with Sarojini, he doesn't try to win her hand, allowing her instead to marry his best friend. When his sister kicks his mother out of the house after their father dies, he goes along with it, only to be forced to move himself not long afterwards. When he moves in with a lovely (and marriageable) young ward of his, even though he is smitten by her, he doesn't marry her. By any external standard, he has wasted every opportunity life has offered to him, and no one is surprised when he dies after a short illness.