is one of the most celebrated novels of Munshi Premchand. Set in
pre-independence India, the novel captures social and economic conflict in a
north Indian village. The story revolves around Horiram, a poor village farmer
and the struggle of his family to survive and maintain their self-respect.
Horiram does everything in his capacity to fulfil his sole desire to own a cow,
which is considered a farmer's source of wealth and happiness.