STORY ONE: Rajani is a 10 year-old girl, whose mother works as domestic labour in someone's house. The employer of this house narrates how, one day, when Rajani had come to work because her mother was not feeling well, she was given two red ribbons. Rajani is delighted. She races home, excited. At home, her mother puts her to work, then her younger brother takes away the ribbons to tie to his kite. Rajani protests, but is pulled up by their grandfather. We see a bunch of boys who see a kite with red ribbons. They want the kite for themselves, but their own kite eventually gets cut. Rajani gets her ribbons back, but is again back to housework. After serving her father his dinner, when everyone is finally asleep, Rajani goes to the mirror to put on her ribbons. Her father wants to sleep. Rajani is defiant to the end.
STORY TWO: This is narrated by a woman, Sarla, and her children, a son and a daughter. They are from a traditional, conservative, middle class family. Sarla is the elder daughter-in-law of the family. The central figure of the story is Savitri, the younger daughter-in-law. There is a wedding in the family, and Savitri's daughter Kanchan is to marry a government official. The match has been fixed by the men folk of the family: 'It is not for women to meddle in these matters'. Sarla finds out that the proposed groom is a corrupt official, and was indirectly responsible for the deaths of 35 people, though he escaped conviction. Sarla puts her foot down, takes on the entire patriarchal establishment in the family, but finally manages to prevent the marriage from taking place.
STORY THREE: A factory. Workers are preparing to agitate because the employers have not increased their dearness allowance. The workers are not yet unionized, and they are organizing themselves so that they can form a union. Harimohan, a senior worker, has been chosen President. A meeting is on to ascertain the workers' views and their problems. Resham, a woman worker, wants a separate toilet for women. Initially ridiculed by Harimohan, she eventually manages to win over the majority of workers to her side. Harimohan and his sidekicks are furious, and they respond with the only weapon they have left: sexual harassment. Resham, however, is unrepentant and defiant.
The play ends with a poem of defiance and assertion.