The first thing Rakesh does when he sees his excellent exam results is to bow down before his father and touch the old man's feet reverentially.
By all appearances, Rakesh is a filial son. The surrounding community is in awe that such a son still exists in the modern age. In due time, after Rakesh finishes his medical studies and a brief medical internship in the United States, he comes before his father and performs the same act of obeisance.
Rakesh even marries a girl of his mother's choosing. As time progresses, Rakesh's fame as a surgeon grows, and he becomes the richest doctor in town.
All is well for many years until the old man's retirement from the kerosene dealer's depot. Thereafter, a conflict arises between father and son that destroys the customary civility in the home.
The story ends on a sad note: no longer the master of his home, the old man finds that he must live under the tyrannical authority of an overly devoted, dogmatic son.