"Bhutnath comes to Kolkata in search for a job and starts living with a devotional man named Brojorakhal. He sends Bhutnath to a Brahma named Subinoy Babu who takes a prompt liking for Bhutnath and employs him in his sindur factory. Subinoy Babu s daughter Jaba shares a bitther sweet relationship with Bhutnath. Brojorakhal introduces Bhutnath to the youngest bahu of the zamindari household where he was employed. He calls her bouthan and brings for her a box of sindur as per her request. It is now where Bhutnath gets a chance to look at the lives of the zamindars closely. They lived a brash lifestyle, splurged, enjoyed life to the fullest and never cared for their wives. Bhutnath witnesses an instance where his bouthan pleads her husband to not go anywhere and he replies in return stating he will only stay back if she sings, dances and makes him drink. Bouthan requests Bhutnath to bring alcohol for her and he implies. In her mad attempt to keep her husband by her, she gets addicted to alcohol. Bit by bit the zamindars lose their estates, money and consequently power. One day when Bouthan and Bhutnath are on their way to the mandir, a group of people attack them and knock Bhutnath unconscious. When he gets back his conscience, he does not find Bouthan. Many years later when Bhutnath is summoned to demolish the same estate, he recollects his old days spent at the house. The workers dig and find a skeleton decked with jewellery. Bhutnath recognizes it at once to be his bouthan s skeleton."