(Certified: May 29, 1954)
Rshid, is a middle - class muslim young man, just back from England after a long educational sojourn, whose father, MIRZA SAHEB, finds himself as a poet but - being a poorm indifferent versiffier finds no apprecation least of all from his wife sho is impervious to the beauties of her husbands muse. In the neighbourhood live a poor, pious old woman. SAIDANIBEE and her beautuful young daughter, ZUBEIDA with whom Rashid used to play when they were children. On his return Rashid makes an effort to resume this thread of friendship and, seeing that Zubeida carries bare wrists, tries to present her with a set of glass bangles, but discovers to his horror and dismay that she may not wear them because She is a widow, having been married and widowed during Rashids absence. From the lonely, sequestered life she now leads, he gleans that society has alammed the door of life in her face and that she must for the rest of her life contune to go without the love affection, company and happiness which the enlightened Rashid considers every girls birthnight. Zubeida is practically a family member in Rashids house and helps his mother in her various domestic duties. She also ministers to Rashids personal needs. Rashid has a younger sister, Suraiya, whom her parents wish to give away in marriage to Jhumman, a dissolute young man who acquiesces in the arrangement only because on it depends his inherting the huge foriune of his mother. Rashid fights this match tooth and nail and makes an enemy of Jhumaman who puts up the whole Mohalla against Rashid and Zubeida by spreading false. Poisonous runours. Normal life thus becomes impossible for the widow and her dughter and they are compelle to put an end to her life but a last-minute dash by Rashid knocks over the cup of poiosn she has prepared for herself and she is rescued out of a horrible fate. Rashid, mean while has succeed in his right to save his sister from the clutches of Jhummna and has got her married secretly to a young, noble hearted but impecunius friend of his Ahmed. In desperation, Jhumman sets in motion a series for events whose ultimate effect, however, far from serving his ends, is ruinous to him and he finds himself in faills to pirces, ushering in happy endings for all concerned.