The story of "The Postmaster" by Rabindranath Tagore is a sad story about a man who takes up his duties as postmaster in a small village named Ulapur in India. The village is far away from anything, and his office and living quarters are a shed close to a slimy green pond. The postmaster is originally from Calcutta, and he is not very happy in this new place, where he knows no one. He shares meals with a little orphan girl, Rattan, who helps him around the house, and in the evenings, they talk about their lives. The postmaster longs to go home, and when he cannot get a transfer, he decides to leave anyway. Rattan longs to go with him because he has shown her such kindness, and she loves him like a father, but in the end, he leaves her behind to go back to his family in Calcutta.