In more than one way, this novel is a comparison of different views of truth. Which reality is truer is up to the reader’s interpretation. Nikhil maintains an idealistic view of the world while Sandip takes a radical, nature worshiping view. He feels Nikhil’s view of the world is inferior to the real, raw world in which he lives as a radical leader. Bimala as well must compare truths. Through her interactions with Sandip, she is introduced to the truth of Shakti, yet her life with Nikhil is centered on the truth of conjugation. Each of these instances is a comparison of truth as being something simply objective to being something with a more spiritual or moral dimension. While the story ends in tragedy, both views of truth are important players in the story’s outcome, and it is left to the reader to ponder with which he or she agrees or disagrees.