In “The Eyes Are Not Here” by Ruskin Bond, the narrator is traveling on a train in India, the author's native country. The narrator is blind, only able to perceive the difference between light and dark. He has the whole train compartment to himself until the train stops at the town of Rohana, where a girl gets on board. She is accompanied by a couple who see her off; the narrator assumes they are the girl's parents. Once they say their goodbyes, the train pulls out of the station and continues on its journey.
The narrator soon strikes up a conversation with the girl. Being blind, he can't see her, but he can certainly hear her voice, which he finds very pleasant. For her part, the girl appears startled by the narrator's voice, which the narrator takes to be an example of someone with good eyesight failing to see what's right in front of them.
The conversation continues, with the narrator daringly offering his opinion that the girl has an interesting face. He doesn't know this, of course; he's simply trying to flatter her. The girl responds by saying that
It's nice to be told I have an interesting face. I am tired of people telling me I have a pretty face.
This confirms to the narrator what the girl's sweet, pleasant voice has already told him: that she really does have a pretty face. But in any case, the girl will soon reach her station, leaving the narrator alone once again. As she gets up to leave, she bids him goodbye; as she does so, she tantalizes him with the smell of her perfume.
After the girl gets off the train, she is replaced by a man who self-deprecatingly tells the narrator that he's not as attractive as his previous travel companion. The narrator asks him if the girl wore her hair long or short. The man replies by telling him that he can't remember but that her eyes were beautiful, even though they were no use to her, on account of her being blind.