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As a Keralite growing up in an army family in Delhi, Jaishree Nair
lived an apparently Western lifestyle. She fell in love as a teenager,
but was directed into an arranged
marriage with a fellow Keralite instead. The marriage was a disaster,
and worsened with the birth of their mentally handicapped child.
Seeing the prejudice her child faced, she determined to move to a more
sympathetic environment for her daughter, and applied for scholarships
abroad. She came into contact with her childhood sweetheart, who had
never married. Eventually she filed for divorce, and after a bitter
battle gained custody of her child, and remarried. While living in
London, she wrote Ancient Promises, a thinly fictionalized
account of her own life.
- Interview by Ritu Jha.
back to Mum's. A story in the BBC.
- Happily ever afterwards. Interview in the Hindu, 11 Mar 2004.
- Of life afterwards. The Hindu, 15 Mar 2004.
Penguin India (2004)
- When Rahul Tiwari arrives in Kerala for a short break from London, he has no premonition of a life-changing moment. But one glance over the fence at his lovely but reticent neighbour Maya is enough to launch him on a path of no return. He finds himself playing friend, partner, co-conspirator, and finally the entirely unexpected role of saviour as Maya, suffocating under the weight of a loveless marriage and a suspicious husband, turns to him for help. Together, they flee India with Maya’s one-year-old daughter Anjali and life seems to hold all the promise of a new beginning, until destiny strikes….In Afterwards, Jaishree Misra's new novel, the author writes of the transforming power of love and of the joy and heartbreak of giving yourself to another, for better or for wo
- Sawnet Review by Rujuta Chincholkar-Mandelia
- Move on, Misra. Review in Outlook.
- Anatomy of a heartbreak.Review in TribuneIndia.
- Accidents like Love and Marriage
Penguin India (2001)
- Review at mouthshut.com
- Avoidable accidents. Review in the Tribune.
- Ancient Promises
Penguin India. (2000)
at Red Hot Curry
- A book
that just happened. The Hindu, April 2000.
bride. India Today, March 2000.
South Asian Women authors