The kabuliwala presents a living example of human relationship. He practically doesn't know Mini, but sees her as his own daughter by offering her raisins, apricots and nuts free of cost. He doesn't once think of his loss in business. Mini shares the same joy with the kabuliwala, as if he is her most beloved friend. Even when the kabuliwala is in a rage with the police, his rough behaviour immediately softens as a child when he sees Mini. When Mini loses her dear friend, the kabuliwala, in the custody of the police and the 'laws', her small and innocent mind easily forgets him, with whom she had spent a great deal of time, and she finds a new friend in the syce Nabi. Then as she grows older, she forgoes her elder male friends to build up new friendship with girls of her age. She even forgets her friendship with her own father. But see the paradox, the kabuliwala still remembers her and comes to visit her in her marriage. Seeing her in the costume of a bride, his mind immediately runs for his own daughter and he views the trace of his daughter's tiny hands. This makes the narrator realize a deep truth that both of them were fathers to their daughters, a special relationship that cannot be forgone.
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