This story of modern central India has its charm and its social meaning as it details the adventures of three young friends, two of whom are Hindu and the other who is Muslim. In their town of Nanda, Arjun, Dajiba and Majid are lively farm boys and one of their main delights is to go to the big central banyan tree and to watch and play with the tribe of monkeys which lives there. Often, the monkeys prove quite human. They band together, for instance, when Dajiba steals one of their number, and give pursuit. Then in contrast to village life there are background developments of national import- India is given her independence from Britain but with the new freedom comes the stirring up of trouble between the two religions. There is a riot in Nanda but as certain elements of solidarity between the boys and the monkeys are emphasized, the hope of a more tolerant and enlightened future is established.