Parineeta the Betrothed

Paper Type: Book print paper | Size: 216 mm x 140 mm
Black and white; pages; Paperback
ISBN-10: 938690618X | ISBN-13: 978-9386906182


Parineeta, the Betrothed (1914) is the love story of Shekharnath and Lalita, set in early twentieth-century Bengal. Lalita is a thirteen-year-old orphan who lives with the family of her uncle Gurucharan. Gurucharan, though a principled man, is forced to take a loan from his neighbour Nabin Roy due to his impoverished circumstances. The two neighbouring families share a very cordial relationship despite Roy’s money-minded ways. Shekhar, Nabin Roy’s younger son has a bantering relationship with Lalita. As time passes, Shekhar and Lalita try to understand the true nature of their feelings. Meanwhile, tensions erupt between Shekhar’s father and Lalita’s uncle on the question of repayment of the old loan. The situation is further antagonized with the arrival of Girin, an eligible bachelor who is attracted to Lalita. A distance appears to build itself between the lovers. Much later, when an eighteen-year-old Lalita visits her old place one last time for selling Gurucharan’s house to Nabin Roy’s heirs, the story takes another unexpected turn…

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (1876–1938) was an illustrious Bengali novelist and short story writer of the early 20th century. Many of his stories narrate the lives, tragedies, and struggles of the village people and the contemporary social practices that prevailed in Bengal. His writing matured at a time when the national movement was gaining momentum together with an awakening of social consciousness. Sensitive and daring, his novels captivated the hearts and minds of innumerable readers both in Bengal and the rest of India. Many of his stories were adopted for well-crafted and popular films in Bengali and Hindi languages for many years. He remains the most popular, most translated, most adapted, and the most plagiarized Indian author of all time. 

Subhransu Maitra
Subhransu Maitra

Subhransu Maitra, Superintendent, Publication, Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata, is a distinguished translator who translates modern Bengali literature into English.