Book Review: Ancient Promises by Jaishree Misra

Sometime back, I had done a post  on Jaishree Misras books n its only now tht I hv landed with a copy of the book "Ancient Promises". So without any further ado, here is my review of the book:


The book is a semi - autobiographical take on authors own life. A gal originally hailing from Kerala but calls Delhi her home having been bought up there thru her life. Studied in one of the best convent schools - she is a mix of modern day principles with a  middle class Kerala family values. A story of a many a children from the current gen(is definitely mine).

At a impressionable age of 16 she falls for a delhi boy and well as expected, the hell breaks lose at home. So before she knows it, shes married off to a snobbish rolling-in-money family in kerala. Knowing that her parents have her best interests in mind, she bows to it with hardly a token of protest.

From here the story takes a turn for the worst - a typical male-chauvnist husband who thinks wives are at best sex-toys, a MIL who cant think beyond money n to add to the melee is "Special child" born 2 years into the marriage. The story is how the protagonist then finds it in herself to fightback n take her life by its reins!

Maybe cause its v inspired by authors own life, the book has a definite heart warming touch to it! At even what should be the authors worst phase in life, the stoylines doesnt sound morbid. Describes daily Kerala life ~~ both its best n worst sides ~~ so honestly that I saw myself shaking my head in agreement!

A definite reco from my side ~~ maybe the best book from her stable yet!

The other two books of hers that I hv since read ~~ "Secrets and Sins", "Accidents called love and marriage" seem almost chik-lit in comparison ~~ esp the former.

8 comments:

  1. Can I borrow it the next time I am in Bangalore? :D

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  2. That sounds great!! Will check it out!

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    1. hmm will like to know a non-keralit perspective of the book

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  3. Met the author at the Bangalore Lit Fest , she is so down to earth and talkative, promptly got an autograph :)

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    1. n not meeting her is a big regret :-/

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