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Prem, a young schoolteacher, helps a friend fight the depression of his recent marriage by pointing out that the responsibilities of a householder are not terribly difficult, and he relates his own first experiences. As Prem was starting his first teaching job, his marriage to Indu was arranged. Unable to cope with his job and the new responsibilities of a householder, he is terrified when he learns that Indu is pregnant. Bewildered and unhappy, he sends for his mother, but when she arrives, he finds that she does not get along with his wife. Unable to get help from his friends, he becomes involved with an American who has come to India in search of the spiritual life; next he temporarily joins a religious sect which renounces worldliness. He soon begins to realize how much he has come to love and need his wife, but upon returning home, he discovers that she has left to escape from his mother. When Indu also realizes the importance of their marriage, she returns and they trick his mother into leaving. After Prem finishes telling his story to the newlywed, he and Indu leave to go home.