Moyna’s cousin panted at the doorway, heavy with child. “Who did this to you?” her father shouted. And Moyna knew that somehow she would be blamed for this unspeakable shame on the family. Her aunt blamed her for all the tragedies, from the death of Moyna’s own parents to the riots in Bombay. But, as her cousin lay dying of stab wounds, Moyna promised to protect the baby.
I just loved Moyna's character. After a long time, I am reading a character that is complete with all her vulnerability and strength. Her darkness is her curse. The deaths around her are her nightmares. Yet out of that, she emerges as a strong career woman with a h ...more
Shadowed Promise revolves around the life of Moyna. Orphaned as a kid, she goes to live with her uncle and aunt in Mumbai. While the aunt makes no bones that she hates Moyna, the girl survives because of her cousin’s affection. Her aunt convinces Moyna that she carries ...more
Eighteen-year-old Moyna lives with her aunt and uncle in suburban Bombay, India. Her parents have been killed in a car accident ...more
Long post Alert!! I loved it too much to write any less!
Moyna is one tough cookie, she stands by her words when she is chucked from her house not once but twice. Having earlier read Sunanda’s book Fighting For Tar ...more
What is a Promise? What are the consequences that one faces when one gives a promise to protect his/her near and dear ones? To what extent does one go to fulfill a given promise?
What effect does a child’s psych have when the child is branded as unlucky or is blamed as the cause of all the untoward incidences just because there is no one else to blame.
Shadowed Promise by Sunanda Chatterjee efficiently portrays how a woman’s insecurity and jealousy can spoil and mar so many n ...more
Plot, characters, flow, ... everything. The story pulls you into its vortex.
While reading and at the end of the book I was like: Now this is some writing and an Author!
I finished the 500+pages book in less than 24hrs, which is a feat considering my reading speed and distractions. I never had to remind myself to pick up the book. I was unconsciously pulled towards the book, the story is so engrossing.
The flow of the story is con ...more
In this book the author has taken up the issue that I am sure a lot of Indian girls face, that of being blamed for all the misfortune and tragedy that occurs around them, and being called ‘Noshter goda” ...more
I took a chance on this book and bought it when it was on sale and am so glad I did! The book starts in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, and Moyra, the main character, ends up getting accepted to USC so moves to the U.S. Thanks to her aunt, who raised her, Moyra is very superstitious and has an unhealthy belief in fatalism, especially her personal role in any tragedy that happens to anyone around her. She also has a secret that keeps her from sharing herself fully with others. But s ...more
Shadowed Promise is the story of a young girl who tries hard to cope with her past and keep on living. Even though mentally abused and wounded, Moyna is a loving girl, one who understands the pain of another human being. Whether or not the curse is true and how she manages to live in spite of the curveballs life throws at her forms an inspiring story.