When a new department banning open trade in salt (a free gift of God) was set up, people began to trade it illegally. Many crooked ways were invented: Some took to bribing, others to smuggling. Prem Chand has painted a perfect image of a society where money is all powerful, even during the times when we could not even think of a consumer society, of conspicuous consumption, and did not see the presence of an infinite variety of goods and pleasures that money can buy today. Worldliness, it seems, is in everyone’s blood. Prem Chand says all this with such facility and in his inimitable style laced with humour and irony, while yet probing the human psyche to its very depths.