Jaishree Misra’s novel Ancient Promises throws light on the struggle undergone by women in the present day society. This novel discusses the plight of Janaki, who unwillingly agrees to fulfil the wishes of her parents. Forced to forget her first lover, compelled to marry another man of her parents’ choice, she becomes the mother of a baby girl, Riya. But fate plays rather a cruel game with her when Riya turns out to be mentally handicapped. This novel traces the trajectory of her growth as an individual who faces many problems with a strong mind. The story of Janaki is a message to the society. This paper examines the quest motif of the central character.
Dr. Indu B. and S, A. P., “Journey of Revelation: The Quest Motif in Jaishree Misra’s Ancient Promises”, Research Journal of English Language and Literature (RJELAL) , vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 690-694, 2017.