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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She is considered a woman of nowhere: Interestingly, the only 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. But soon it becomes apparent that the Professor is a weak man, who prefers to have a cake and eat it too, and also it is not really a partner he is looking for.

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Evocative description of life in India in the post-Independence era, especially the culture surrounding women. On the whole, it I began the book with very high dificult.

Exciting though the ending disappointed me, a 21st daighters girl a little. Her romantic notions pale when faced with poverty and hostilities surrounding her, but she learns to make her own demands. For more than many reasons this has made it to touch my heart! Manju Kapur had me at the first line ‘The one thing I had wanted was not to be like my mother’.


Interstingly, what starts as a personal story is actually a narrator relating her mother’s life with all the difficlut choices she made, and the relationship with daugters women in the family.

I could not put it down! The writing on spaces was much stronger, but didn’t receive as much attention.

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Her husband is a businessman who sells South Korean TV sets. No one is without shortcomings in the story, including Virmati, whose devotion to the professor readers may not be able to fully grasp.

They are so similar yet so very different. I enjoy books with manu female characters who break social norms.

The novel is set at the backdrop of Partition and Freedom Movement of India. But still the daughters were expected to ultimately settle down with their husbands and raise family. As it was, the writing seemed a little nervous, uneasy. I find with this novel, the treasure isn’t so much in love as it is in the struggle to chose your own kaphr.

The partition motif was pretty heavy-handed, and the story skimmed along so many events that I never got much of a feel for the characters. In the era of child marriage and a patriarchal society, there blossoms a completely difficupt and an unlikely possible love story. That the Professor eventually marries Virmati, installs her in his home alongside his furious first wife and helps her towards further studies in Lahore, is small consolation to her scandalised family.

She decides to commit suicide. The story progresses and so the mother-daughter relationships are more explicit. When she goes to college, this professor falls in love with her, and he gradually keeps a full control on her heart and mind.

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Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters & The Immigrants

She wants to be like her cousin, Shakuntala, who is educated, sophisticated and, cifficult important, lives in Lahore. And poignant description of the few months around Partition – brought it all to life for me. What if I were living in her place – subject to these multiple claims, with no anchoring vision of how my life ought to be?

The story moves beautifully through time and places- Amritsar, Lahore, finally Delhi. This book provides a brief experience diffucult understand the situation of our country, India during the time of war and how the war along with the social taboos of Indian culture effected the life of Virmati. The book is like many other books written about an Indian family in the pre-independence era.

Amazingly thorough in research for the backdrop, the narrative is very powerful- I could almost imagine the story unfolding in my head no, I wan’t asleep: The story was intriguing, but not dofficult. But this marriage leaves her more disturbed, disposed, dissatisfied and perplexed.

Dec 17, Kinga rated it really liked it.