In the story The Postmaster by Rabindranath Tagore explain the role of the postmaster in Ratan's life and Ratan's role in the Postmaster's life.
To a great extent, the postmaster plays a formative role in Ratan's life. He helps to give her purpose and meaning. The opening of the story is one in which Ratan wanders around Ulapur, not really having a defined reason. Yet, with the postmaster, she has this purpose. Whether it is to help him, be there for him, tend to him, or even be seen as a colleague...
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The postmaster gave ratan a purpose and routine in her life ,he gave her work .After he started teaching her she became closer to him ,he became her only relative and the only person she interacted with she felt she was a part of his family and took for granted that he would always be there for her.
Ratan was initially just a domestic help for the post master and later a student whom he started teaching to pass time .He had nothing much to do and missed his family she became a companion to him .When the postmaster was sick she became his nurse and mother too.
In the end though it all vanished and Ratan was left in misery it was all one sided.The postmaster left her as if she did not exist.