Ojas and Tahir were an unlikely pair of friends, from families who followed different faiths, one a Hindu and the other a Muslim; one strong and in good health, the other weak and sickly;
The Karma each of the characters generates and is fated to 'equalise' weaves the fabric of this unusual and heartrending tale.
Though religion is often quite apparent even in the names and the attire of the characters, yet, it is human emotion and Karma that defines the quality of life, and its ultimate end, if at all an end!
Banyan Tree Brothers explores the human emotions and the those of a mute Tree that exhorts the reader into an intricately woven tale of love, and despair between brothers who are not borne of the same mother.
The inseparable boys go on to the city to continue their education and find medical help. Ojas was the protector for Tahir; he carried him when Tahir could not walk on his own. Yet, Tahir was the moral guide to Ojas, as much as one boy can be for another.
Both trod their own path ridden with turbulence and tried to make a place for themselves- Tahir to teach the young and Ojas- simply to discover what he was meant to do. Their Karma would force them to a settlement none could imagine and pain that none could absorb.
Tahir, being dedicated to his cause, found his mission. Ojas, being aimless, lost out even on the one chance Fate delivered. And the rage he felt at being slighted even in this one mission was his undoing.
Full of anger and reduced to nothing again,Ojas returned to the comfort of his friend, Tahir. What followed created a Karmic debt that Ojas pleaded with Almighty to allow him to repay, but to no avail.
Some forgave Ojas. But Rahim, Tahir's father could not.
Ojas was never be able to forgive himself the death of his only confidante and supporter. And Tahir was unable to forgive Ojas the death of the trust that betrayed his life. Would there be retribution? Would Time and Karma let Ojas and Tahir find peace? What role did Ram play in this drama of Karma and Karmic debts?