Jaishree Misra’s Ancient Promises, a sensitive account of a girl’s efforts to find her destination in life, is full of keen psychological observations. Jaishree Misra’s Ancient Promises: A Story of Love and Family. Loyalty. Talluri Mathew Bhaskar. Lecturer in English. ABSTRACT: Fiction writing has become a. Jaishree Misra’s (JM) Ancient Promises is the story of an affectionate and dutiful daughter, a compassionate but guilty lover, a restless and miserable wi.

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The ingenuineness of this review appears doubtful. Jaishree Misra’s JM Ancient Promises is the story of an affectionate and dutiful daughter, a compassionate but guilty lover, a restless and miserable wife, a helpless and despairing mother – a woman constantly in search of an identity, a woman pursuing her rightful share of happiness.

Its the fascinating story of the protagonist Janaki’s long journey traced through a happy childhood, an unexpected arranged match, a traumatic marriage ending in strife finally culminating with the finding of everlasting love in true fairytale fashion.

She’s totally at home in these ”alien” surroundings but constantly reminded of her roots and values.

When she is 16, Janu meets Arjunthe local school cricketing hero and they become friends. Slowly but surely love blossoms but things take a nasty turn when Janu’s parents get wind of her romantic escapades. They whisk her away anient native Kerala and arrange for her to marry a groom ”handpicked by them” from the socially respected Maraar family.

Janu is confused and unsure of her future with Arjun. Unwilling to hurt her parents, she agrees to the proposal and gets married to Suresh on her 18th birthday.

Arjun leaves to the UK where he decides to pursue his college education living with his mother. Janu enters the typical, traditional matriarchal Maraar household where everyone is fighting for affections and acceptance.

Her husband’s family resents her Delhi background and treats her as an outcast jaishee her from household activities and discussions. To compound her agonies, her husband Suresh is very aloof and uncaring, more concerned about his business.

A few years roll by and the family is still indifferent to Janu who now feels unaccepted and miserable. She hopes that the arrival of a child would change the family’s attitude towards her but when she delivers a mentally challenged baby girl Riyathe misery only piles on. She raises Riya without any help and at the same time pursues her education. Deciding to take matters into her hands, she applies to study abroad so that she can take Riya there and treat her. She leaves for Delhi to give a scholarship interview and chances to meet Arjun.


Old passions are aroused and the couple realize they still feel deeply for each other. Janu promises to file for divorce to end the miserable marriage, flee with Riya to England and restart miwra new life with Arjun.

But fate has other plans for her as Suresh refuses to part with Riya. Janu is forced to leave for England without her daughter. She arrives in England and spends a year studying and reliving lost moments with Arjun. But Janu is unable to come to grips with the absence of Riya in her life. She leaves England to return to India and fight naishree custody of her daughter.

And as if by magic, Suresh reconciles himself to a divorce, hands over Riya and alls well that ends well. The Maraars, save the spineless patriarch, were shown as vile, insensitive people, Arjun was too goody goody for my liking. She then added a few more diplomas in Special Needs caring for the Mentally challenged and Broadcast Journalism.

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She worked for the BBC for sometime before returning to India in I personally felt AR had gone overboard attempting to give too much of a literary bent to what was a very routine common place fictional attempt. So you can imagine my trepidation when my friend recommended me another novel by an Indian woman not being sexist here which dealt with life in Kerala.

However, I was left disappointed on hearing in the authors note that the story is semi-autobiographical or ancint be put better, a thinly veiled fictional account of her own life. Upload photo files with. Image size per photo cannot exceed 10 MB. Heartfelt Revv, liked the clarity of descriptions and your thoughts Seems like a good read, have heard about ‘Accidents like Thats a pretty good review yet again.

But, I do have to say that the actual plot in a review should be as brief as possible without giving away the important aspects of the plot. In this case, you have given away the climax as well. Nevertheless, its very well written and full marks for jaishrew. That sounds like a good book.

Nice thoughts there Ram. Davie machan, another Dedication eh?!! Every now and then you come up with a straight narrative – without the gimmicks. The clarity is there for all to see.

But I am not sure about the book I’ve read half a dozen similar novels- the difference is they were in Tamil. Hai RK may i call you thatwhats in a name Excellent review machan. Loved to read the revu.

Agree to whatever u have said. I didn’t like God of Small things by AR! Ur revu is surely going to make me read: Keep writing Chao Rekha. A passionate review Rama! Sounded like Pinjar initially but only got better and better as I went along Dude, you sure look like a sensitive writer too. Cheers to you on that count too. I plan a detailed visit to Crossword this weekend. And Im gonna pick this one for sure The other one that I wanted to check out was ”Aruna’s Story”, heavily recco’d by Rekh.


To talk about your reviews, they are only scaling heights by the day. And like I have always maintained when it comes to classy reviews, ”this review too Rocks! That this was a fantastic review would be an understatement.

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Loved your style of writing and clarity of thoughts. Since you have recommended this book I will try to lay my hands on this asap. Would prefer to see this one as a movie, though Have’nt heard ’bout this book but one thing is sure. Will check out this book sumtime. Janu’s Pre marriage life resembles the one in the serial. But the director have decided to give this serial a tragic ending. Loved your style of writing.

A fab review though the book looks too predictable for my liking Thanx for the recco yaar! And a great review too! Thinking of penning my next review on it In love with Indian authors these days!! Karan – me too is amongst GOST lovers ehehheehe! Didnt read the whole review, wanted to read the book, so kinda skipped thru it Excellent as always mate Spooks.

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I dont think it is useful since ,the concept is not true in now a days and do not add any value. Nice review man but the story sounds a little cliched.

Dunno abt ‘God of small things’ haven’t read it but have heard mixed reviews abt it. Anyways tc and keep smiling Salma.

Riya, Tx for those sweet words of appreciation. N i heard ”Accidents. Tx neway for dropping in. Tx for the anccient I’m sure u will appreciate the book too! N stop ribbing Davie – he was just bneing nice to me! You have been loggedin via facebook. Your Mobile has been activated successfully.

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