The Story is about Nanda, a young man who leaves Calcutta to work as a postmaster in an isolated malaria-infested village. The postmaster is looked after by a young orphan girl, Ratan. His only solace in the village is in teaching Ratan how to read and write. The postmaster is the first of three stories by Rabindranath Tagore, winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature. The stories in to one film titled Teen Kanya (Three Daughters). It's considered by many as one of Satyajit Ray's masterpieces.