One evening, when the city-jungle is teeming with life, Romita, a young housewife is molested by four young men near a crowded Metro Station. No one intervenes except Jhinuk Sarkar, a schoolteacher, Suchitra Bhattacharya’s award winning novel, now made into a thought provoking film by Rituparno Ghosh, Dahan is the story of two women’s search for justice in a man’s world. Romita’s humiliating street encounter compels her to question the fragile nature of her relationship with her husband, Palash, Jhinuk’s bravery sparks off family tensions and power games with Tunir, her fiance. Dahan, which means to brun, is the eternal anguish of every women who dares to step otuside the narrow path specified for her by society. It is a novel about ourselves — of our times.