Difficult Daughters [Manju Kapur] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Set around the time of Partition and written with absorbing intelligence. I have taken up Manju Kapur’s debut novel Difficult Daughters () to delineate how the saga of the partition of a nation becomes the. The Criterion: An International Journal in English ISSN A Feminist Study of Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters Bijender Singh .

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However, traditions are strictly adhered to, and this causes much conflict. She is hospitalized for four days.

Description of Indian households in that period really stand out. He does not accept Virmati socially and keeps continuing his illicit relationships with her. The one thing I had wanted was not to be like my mother.

Crossword Prize shortlist She is married in a traditional family. I loved the writing style and characterization – no efforts to explain Indian food, culture – not even translations.

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Virmati is deeply in love with Majnu and refuses to marry Inderjit. She was going to please her in-laws Kapur Amazing story of 3 women: As much as I liked the beginning of the book, I found it very hard to cheer for a character so silly and blind, so incapable of deeper consideration or caring for anything except her lover.

I’d like to learn more. Virmati is a young Punjabi girl, born to a high-minded family in Amritsar; the oldest daughter of daaughters ever-growing brood, Virmati spends much of her youth taking care of her siblings.

I’m not sure what argument their story was trying to make regarding education for girls. But really what is captivating is the characterization of the women and the men in all grey shades, as victims of circumstance and tradition, of being torn between convention and the need to difficupt out their own destinies.


She earned her M. Int “History scares me. I met Madhu Kapur before I read her first book. Sep 05, Ashmi rated it it was difflcult. Feb 10, Tanvi rated it liked it. For more than many reasons this has made it to touch my heart!

Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur. Even at the time of death of her father, she is not allowed to cross the threshold idfficult the house while the son-in-law is warmly welcomed.

It’s unfortunate we don’t hear more diffcult her. Indian Diffiicult in English: I wanted to like Difficult Daughtersbut overall I thought it was clunky.

That said, I found the ending of the story to be somewhat rushed– I was hoping for more insight into the protagonist’s relationship with her daughter, after all, the latter for some reason feels compelled to learn more about her mother’s life.

I could not put it down! It can be painful.

Difficult Daughters

Her mother who fell prey to a man who was a different sort of trap. The story of her search intermingles with that of her mother’s story and that of her grandmother. Books by Manju Kapur. Her writing is beautiful and assured throughout, dispersing at will to connect the reader with all manner 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.


She was not properly attended after the delivery also. Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 3 81, 3. 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 other women in the family.

I found this sitting in a box of old books and realized I’d never read it. Almost all the story of the novel is told by Ida.

Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur

In the era of child marriage and a patriarchal society, there blossoms a completely uneasy and an unlikely possible love story. She has to do different household tasks of the home. She wilts under the implacable and hostile gaze of Ganga, her husband’s first wife, with whom she has to live. Virmati is likeable but often frustrating, an intelligent woman letting everyone else control her life – a problem which isn’t neatly solved.

The actual bulk of the book is well written, it is an engrossing tale of love and deceit set in the backdrop of India’s partition. The mother, Virmati, was one of the difficult daughters the narrator, who only tells us a little about herself, was the other.

That the Profe Set around the time of Partition and written with absorbing intelligence and sympathy, Difficult Daughters is the story of a woman torn between family duty, the desire for education, and illicit love.