I Promise . . . is a story about a perfectionist. Every job demands the same but who had ever thought of Raghunath, a pyre maker, to be a cynical perfectionist. Each pyre that he made was a masterpiece for him. Every time he built a pyre, his father's instructions used to run over and over again in his head … The wood should not be soft – checked, it should be dry – checked, it should be seven feet in length and two-and-a-half feet in breadth – checked, the hollow ones separated from the solid and heavy ones – checked, the hay and burning material all ready – checked, ghee – checked.