The Promise Paperback – 1 January 2014
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- Item Weight : 140 g
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 014342162X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143421627
- Dimensions : 13 x 1.5 x 19.9 cm
- Publisher : Penguin India; Latest edition (1 January 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #62,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Do go for it if you love clichés and yearn for it.
As for the story line. Plot is good although it could have been more unique if the writer experimented with different elements and took risks. It felt like the writer was playing safe with the plot.
You can read and quench your thrust while travelling if you don't have anything better but this could have been more interesting I believe.
The promise is a story of two opposite people who accidentally meetup by fate and fall in love, then breakup due to misunderstandings that cannot be glued that easily. Shambahavi is a 23 year old,young carefree, bubbly interior designer who takes life as and when it comes .While Arjun is a 29 year old very strict ,emotionless ,arrogant and selfish businessman whom any girl never wishes to have for in their life.What if these two meet up and hit it off so badly filled madly in love and break off for some ruthless reason?That is what happens in this particular story.
The novel starts off at a snail pace but when it moves further and further, it goes off at a blistering pace then once again comes down.The conversations are the main strength of this astonishing novel.To my pleasant surprise everything in the novel was just so.....perfect. I liked each and every line of it.
My favorite supporting characters are almost everyone as the characters are very very limited but i loved the way how the author has portrayed Shambhavi's father.For instance, when she says she is dumped by her boyfriend with his child, at this point he should be very angry rather all he says is one word 'okay', it tells it all and also loved Mili and Tutul for their immense support to their best friend in trouble.
I had a great past time reading this extremely fascinating novel.The first half made me all go laughing and giggling while the latter part made me cry(i even shed some tears) and sympathize for Shambahvi and also Arjun, when he finally realized what he has done to her although the damage he caused cannot be repaired that easily which he damn well knows.Overall, there is nothing to dislike in the story.This is a must read
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It is the second I read by an indian author (after 2 states) and I really like both of them.
Nikita Singh’s book The Promise was like reading a Mills and Boon story set in Indian context! An extremely wealthy man jilted by a girl, bitter, handsome, lonely etc. etc. A beautiful, spirited, inexperienced, middle class girl comes along and you know the rest of the story! Instead of Indian names and places, have some foreign sounding ones and you have a teenage romance for college reading!
The story is neither novel nor new, language is flat and repetitive (same adjectives, emotions expressed in predictable manner) and the story line just drifts randomly. The situations described: can such things happen in India? All sacrifices, love, hate, sadness, self respect everything is so contrived. There is nothing ‘real’ about any of the characters. Why does even her father behave in such an irrational and irresponsible way? He loves his daughter and knows what she is going through. It is just not convincing.
The only thing I could say was perhaps the young generation today might be more inclined to think this way in this world of face book and e-communication! Therefore what was M&B for my generation has this as the reality in Indian context. May be the youngsters would enjoy it immensely if they identify with one of the characters. I certainly did not!