Krishnakoli and Riddhimaan share a warm bond. This makes the ensuing events even more heart wrenching. Her banter with her son, her hope that she will marry Tilottama who is already like a daughter to her, and the losses she herself has borne in life make her hope that her son will not throw his life away.
The best advice that Riddhimaan gets from Shoumo Sen, Tilottama's father, is this. "Riddhimaan, if you ever feel that something is plaguing you just look at the ideas and beliefs you so love and try and become friends with them again. And then watch how magically things work out," The irony is that both Shoumo Sen and Riddhimaan have robbed Tilottama chances to love in their own ways, a point that comes across subtly.
The crux of the book comes across in a broken hearted Tilottama’s words. “He feels like…like I would always choose Musafir over Riddhimaan. In fact I've always felt Riddhimaan is jealous of Musafir. He has always wanted me to discard Musafir."
Will Tilottama be able to choose betwen the two? Is this a battle in her mind between the intellectual escapism of Musafir, or the irreverent instability of Riddhimaan?