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A timeless love story from the master storyteller of Bengal

Set in early twentieth century Kolkata, Parineeta (Espoused) is the unforgettable story of a child-woman’s intense and bittersweet romance. Lalita, an orphaned girl who lives with her uncle, considers herself betrothed to Shekhar, her benefactor and guardian. After several failed attempts, Lalita finally gets the e
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 25th 2005 by Penguin Books India (first published 1957)
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Oct 08, 2014 Neha rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Parineeta.. the book is so diffrent form the mega movie.. actually tahts true for Devdas too. The way bollywood has presenteed Devdas & Parineeta is like 'Mughleazam' whereas the characters and events are those amongst the common people.

Lolita is actually a 13 year old girl & shekhar & Girin are 24 year old men. Lolita calls Shekhar Da but she has been always loved & protected by him that eventually they both fall in love. Shekhar though is a sort of a male egoist & a coward
Jun 01, 2008 Natalie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People interested in Asian literature or people interested in a foreign love story
One of the greatest Indian classics. It's not an intellectual read per se but it is definitely a worthwhile read if you're interested in Asian literature. A fantastic movie has also been made on this short novel.

Note: this was written a long time ago when society was different from nowadays, so that's why the Shekhar is so much older than Lolita (so don't be too alarmed and go to your nearest place of worship to wash away the sins you gained by reading this).

Also NOTE: this classic was NOT orig
Muhammad Ahmed Siddiqui
Apr 20, 2016 Muhammad Ahmed Siddiqui rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the movie
PARINEETA vs PARINEETA .. movie was better

This is a novella which I read after watching the movie some years back. Both are somewhat different because as the movie focused more on the romance between the lead characters , the book tells the in-depth tale of indian culture, customs, caste systems and how society is bound to them. Everything else was pretty much hurried in the book. I think the movie was better because it had more intensity. It was an important read nonetheless as it tells the sto
Naveen Verma
Jun 09, 2016 Naveen Verma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indian-authors, hindi
I read this story by chance today. My father brought this book a while ago and it was just simply lying on table today, so i thought let's just give it a try. And whem i started reading i couldn't stop till i finished. This book tells exactly what was/is wrong with the society for lower income and lower caste people. How poor people were simply robbed of their happiness by the rich one. Their are so many things in the book regarding the society which i cannot explain here.
Just go and read.
Akshara Soman
A selfless love story of a Bengali girl.
I read the English translation of this Bengali novella. I doubt that the translation failed to hold the intensity of the story. The thread of the story is really good: one-sit read. The romance between Lolita and Sekhar is a silent saga. It comprises the guardianship of Sekhar and obligations of Lolita towards him. But as time passes Sekhar fails to fulfill that. When her family faces threats from his father, he acts like a coward. He never opens up his h
Shayantani Das
Dec 04, 2011 Shayantani Das rated it it was ok
Shelves: cringe-worthy
Maybe its the translation which took all the flow out of the story. Or maybe my 20th century mind fails to see what is remarkable about this book. Either way, waay different than the movie.
Mar 08, 2011 Priya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parineeta is one of my favorite Hindi movies. The movie and book differ in number of ways. The movie was definitely better than the book; I'm glad they had made such changes in the movie.
Pragya Bhatt
Nov 02, 2012 Pragya Bhatt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The translation I had was awful. Looking forward to getting my hands on a copy which is actually a good translation from Bengali to English.
Jul 13, 2016 Nick rated it really liked it
Gotta keep up on that Bengal renaissance reading. After reading Devdas, I'm a little surprised by the happy ending. But there is a lot of carry over from that type of story. Mainly in the form of emotionally immature, non-assertive, vacillating male character.

I'm sure many people, particularly Indians, can identify with the dilemmas of loving someone who is "wrong" for you because of class or religious difference between families. I certainly found that to be the case. I also really liked the id
Devina Dutta
Sep 29, 2012 Devina Dutta rated it liked it
I wish I could say How much loved the novel and believe me I tried, I really did. On one of my recent visits to Calcutta, My dad convinced me to try Sarat Chandra and so this is how I met Parineeta.
Parineeta is A story of a young girl who lives in a poor Brahmin house in Calcutta. The next door neighbours are the stereotypical rich Bengali business family. The romance between the twenty-something Shekhar and Lalita is appropriately romantic for those times but the later chauvinist pig type beha
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परिणीता शेखर और ललिता के परेम की कहानी है । ललिता एक अनाथ लड़की है जो अपने मामा गुरुचरण जी के घर पर रहती है । उसका अपने पडोसी शेखर और उसके घरवालों से काफी मेल जोल है । शेखर ने ही उस पढ़ाया है । दोनों में परेम है लेकिन इस परेम के मायने उनहें तब पता चलते हैं जब दोनों की शादी की बात अलग अलग जगह चलने लगती है । कहानी मुझे अचछी लगी लेकिन जहाँ ललिता एक शशकत नारी के जैसे उभरती है उसके उलटा शेखर एक कमज़ोर नायक लगता है । खैर , अभी तो इतना ही कहूँगा शरत जी के इस उपनयास को एक बार तो पढ़ा ही जा सकता है । ...more
Mar 06, 2016 Shuvro rated it it was amazing
রোমানটিক পরেমের গলপ। আসলে শরৎচনদরের বিকলপ শরৎচনদর চটটোপাধযায়ই। পতরিকায় শুনেছি তিনি নাকি তার উপনযাস গুলোকে দুপুরের ঘুমানোর অভযাস এর মত করে ছেড়েছিলেন । আজ তার লেখার কষুরধারা বুঝতে পারলাম। ...more
Smruti Seemran
nice one. reslly interesting and good
Dec 02, 2013 Namrata rated it it was ok
Perhaps one should not read a book with too much of an expectation. It more often than not leads to disappointment. The initial character build up was amazing. But the end does not do justice to 'Shekhar' at all. A coward turns gallant. Unrealistic!! However, the character, 'Lolita' is a brilliant depiction of Parineeta- a true Indian married woman. Really does reflect the state of mind of Indian woman. so, I guess Saratchandra does achieve his goal by portraying the valiant nature of woman in t ...more
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Dec 03, 2014 Sharanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Am glad that I read Parineeta before watching the Bollywood version of the novel written by Saratchandra Chattopadhyaya (translated by Malobika Chaudhuri). It is a simple, cute tale of love between Lalitha and Shekar set in the early 20th century in Calcutta. Short and sweet, this novel can be easily read in an hour. It was unbelievable that the protagonists are only 14 and 25 years old in the novel, but given the time period the novel was set in it does make sense.
Rahat  Asif
May 26, 2013 Rahat Asif rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rahat by: Grandfather (Nana)
The story was very simple and sweet, I just wish there was a bit more description. It is very different from the movie! The problem I faced while reading the book was that that the movie was too much on my mind, I kept comparing the scenes, which didn't allow me to read it the way a book is read.
If I had known that the movie was based on the book then would have definitely read it first! I will give it a 3.5!
Hajarath Prasad Abburu
Sep 17, 2013 Hajarath Prasad Abburu rated it really liked it
Shelves: movie-books
Very simple yet engrossing, masterfully written and compact. The social strata of the then Bengal was clearly depicted by Sharat "da". Lalita is lovely, honest and unquestionably obedient. Whereas Shekhar Babu is volatile, vulnerable and at times escapist. Loved it and recommended to all...!!!!
Yamini Chandra
Sep 03, 2014 Yamini Chandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharat Chandra's Parineeta is quite different from Vidhu Vinod's and so beautifully written, it touches your heart. This lovely tale is about an orphaned girl of thirteen and her Shekhar da. It's about love and submission, jealousy and cowardice... very rich emotions.
Sunanda Kodavyur
Oct 02, 2012 Sunanda Kodavyur rated it did not like it
Read the Hindi translation. I am not sure if it is because of the translation, but the book had no character development, no coherence, nothing! I hope the original is not like this. If it is, the movie guys did a great job!!
Sep 05, 2012 Anjali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is far more beautiful than the movie....One must read it....It must have been all the more beautful in Bengali...though i have read it and liked it in hindi.
Sangeeta nath
Jan 26, 2016 Sangeeta nath rated it it was amazing
i always love to read luv story.. its a kind of uncommon luv story.. full of romamce, love, responsibilities and also present social difference.. love it
Jul 04, 2013 Tejaswini rated it it was ok
A very bad translation of a very beautiful story. Kills me to say these words, but the movie is so much better!
Apr 06, 2012 Sushmita rated it it was amazing
One of the most beautiful love story.. way away from the 2005 movie.. the original story is a masterpiece..
Aug 23, 2012 Sameera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You get the visual feel more from the book than from watching the movie with the same name :-)
Prashant Tiwari
Dec 21, 2015 Prashant Tiwari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book is on indian culture , women feelings and a beautiful love story :)
Deepak Pitaliya
A very short novel. Simple love story with happy ending. Do I need to say more?
Jun 16, 2013 Vrsh rated it really liked it
I was able to picture the whole movie while simultaneously reading it...
Oct 20, 2013 Mitali rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
CANNOT describe this in words. Absolute masterpiece <3
Jan 25, 2016 Sashikala.P marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (also spelt Saratchandra) (Bengali: শরৎচনদর চটটোপাধযায) was a legendary Bengali novelist from India. He was one of the most popular Bengali novelists of the early 20th century.

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“ललिता ज्योंही पास आकर बैठी त्योंही गुरुचरण उसके सिर पर हाथ रखकर कह उठे-अपने गरीब दुखिया मामा के घर आकर तुझे दिन-रात मेहनत करनी पड़ती है, क्यों न वेटी? ललिता ने सिर हिलाकर कहा- दिन-रात मेहनत क्यों करनी पडती है मामा? सभी काम करते हैं, मैं भी करती हूँ।- अबकी गुरुचरण हँसे। उन्होंने चाय पीते-पीते कहा-हां ललिता, तो फिर आज रसोई वगैरह का क्या इंतजाम होगा? ललिता ने मामा की ओर देखकर कहा- क्यों मामा, मैं रसोई बनाऊँगी। गुरुचरण ने विस्मय प्रकट करते हुए कहा- तू क्या करेगी बेटी, तू क्या रसोई बनाना जानती है?” 0 likes
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