This novel is about a typical Indian joint family. Banwari Lal runs a cloth shop in Delhi. The two sons of the family help their father in running the shop while the wives run the household But the wives try to outdo each other in everything.
The sons want the family business to go modern.Selling only sairs they think is the thing of the past. When sushila the younger brother wife gives birth to a son there is bitterness in elder wife Sona. The bunisseness prop[rs while bitterness and enemity between the two wives continues.
Banwari's Daughter Sunita to a man of dubious credentials. Even as the family gets richer, Sunita is abused and then, perhaps, murdered by her husband - leaving behind a son, Vicky, to be brought up by the Banwari Lals.
Like most joint family there is gossip all round the family.But this joint family is about to be broken when Nisha the older brother daughter starts going to college and things take an unexcepted turn.
Both the sons and daughtr-in laws 'Nisha and Vicky try to live in a cramped house. Thus it is decided to build a new house.Tense betweem the family flare up once again.Will the tensions of the family let the age old traditional of the joint family prevail ?