The Criterion: An International Journal in English ISSN A Feminist Study of Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters Bijender Singh . Set against the tumult of the Partition, Manju Kapur’s acclaimed first novel captures a life torn between family, desire, and love. The one thing I had wanted . Difficult Daughters By Manju Kapur Penguin Pages: Price: Rs This charming novel is about educating daughters, and facing the.

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In retrospect, I may have made up my mind to like the book long before I even read more than 15 words. I really enjoyed reading these different phases. Apr 15, Parvoneh rated it it was ok. She tells her that marriage is not only thing in life.

She tries to end her life by drowning. I found this sitting in a box of old books and realized I’d never difficupt it. Some of this has difficcult even in the 21st century so it felt a little familiar. I loved the way the relationships in this book are laid out and how much understanding has gone into writing this. Then the subject is emmersed in education and tries to find herself. Preview — Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur.

Once married, he sends her off to get an MA – as if to intellectually upgrade his trophy wife. Mannju could feel the fire in this novel, the fire for more.

Although, i would have really preferred to swap the names of Virmati and her mum; Virmati sounds too old for a 24 year old. True to his nickname, he is actually looking for a student. The story progresses and so the mother-daughter relationships are more explicit. Diffjcult 17, Kinga rated it really liked it. I felt the frustration of being forced to watch siblings, to mother them when you never had the choice. I’m far from being a traditionalist. The novel is related to her life and she gets a loving and caring husband and better surroundings to live in Delhi.

Interstingly, what starts as a personal story is actually a narrator relating This book starts of as a story of a young girl in pre-partition India, in a large and chaotic extended family which has big ddaughters of an arranged marriage. Disobedient Daughters could very well be the title, and when our main character Virmati falls in love with a forbidden fruit married man you know it’s going to go sour.


Her husband is a businessman mahju sells South Korean TV sets. She has to do different household tasks xifficult the home.

Difficult Daughters

difficlt Her daughter, who opens the novel in a flash-forward scene, is the most intriguing character and we only hear from her rarely throughout the manjju. Refresh and try again. She is repeatedly reminded that she is born to work and please her in—laws. Help Center Find new research papers in: Written by the daughter, a story chiefly told from her mom’s perspective, this is an absorbing read.

Her writing is beautiful and assured throughout, dispersing at will to connect the reader with all dirficult of information — intense descriptions of the history, nuances of the Indian lifestyle, introductions to innumerable interesting characters — while maintaining a steady focus on the heart of the story, the life of young, determined Virmati.

They are so similar yet so very different. She was going to please her in-laws Kapur Manju Kapur had me at the first line ‘The one thing I had wanted was not to be like my mother’.

She starts teaching in a school to run her home just after her marriage and she has to get up early in the ddaughters. Manju Kapur is the author of four novels. Virmati is the eldest daughter of an affluent Arya Samaj family which encourages education but not independent thinking for their girls. No one is without shortcomings in the story, including Virmati, vaughters devotion to the professor readers may not be able to fully grasp.

I’d like to learn more. The position of women, the beliefs, the patriarchal set up, the one odd character playing a revolutionary. I was part of Virmati’s life, her mind and thoughts for a few daughterrs and I’m sad that connection is lost now just because I’m done with the reading. When she goes to college, this professor falls in love with her, and he gradually keeps a full control on her heart and mind. I found it hard to like any of the characters. Nov 25, Vidhya Nair rated it liked it Shelves: Daughtere if you live in a traditional society and decide to transgress its rules, you must be aware of the consequences.


Interestingly, the mxnju character worthy of sympathy is the Professor’s first wife Ganga, who is a victim of the professor’s adultery and her situation may need her to become coquettish, but one realizes that it is her only way of saving an already doomed marriage with a heartless professor.

A daughter wishes to trace the journey of her deceased mother’s life. I enjoyed this novel, it was thought provoking and full of suffering.

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It’s hard to imagine it was ‘shocking’ when a woman wanted to further her education when compared today’s standards. Virmati, a young woman born in Amritsar into an austere and high-minded household, falls in love with a neighbour, the Professor–a man who is already married.

Kapur didn’t follow this lead, but turned to the ‘love’ story instead, concentrating solely on the educated, but somehow still non-thinking Virmati. The book is set in the pre independence era leading up to the Partition.

In an era, where women were raised to be submissive, first to the males in their families and ultimately to their husband, she wished to break free. Learning about the goings-on in a middle-class upper middle-class perhaps? Faber and Faber, A Fabulous book which explores the identity of a woman in society and an individual search for independence from the norms of society.

It’s unfortunate we don’t hear more from her. In the end, the narrator wanted the memory of Virmati to leave her.