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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Difficult Daughters

The pink cover with flowers is the new edition by nons other than Faber, recently responsible for the sacrilegious cover of the anniversary edition of The Bell Jar http: Jun 17, Baljit rated it really liked it. Virmati listens his lectures with rapt attention. But still the daughters were expected to ultimately settle down mqnju their husbands and raise family. I met Madhu Kapur before I read her first book.

I appreciate the realism of the characters – their naivety, desperation and extent of manipulation were true to what’s known and familiar.

He does not accept Virmati socially and keeps continuing his illicit relationships with her. The story moves beautifully through time and places- Amritsar, Lahore, finally Delhi.

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To view it, click here. An important lesson to learn when dealing with relationships with one’s mother.

What followed were years of tribulations. Almost all the story of the novel is told by Ida.

Oct 30, Sowmya rated it really liked it. A Fabulous book which explores the identity of a woman in society and an individual search for independence from the norms of society. He had already been infected with the Western balderdash manjj romantic love and partnership, so who could blame him for falling hard and deep for a young and bright Virmati.


While it is not a page turner exactly, it is definitely a must read if you are looking for compelling story telling and spectacular characterization. He is not satisfied with his previous wife as she is sifficult educated like him. Trivia About Difficult Daughters.

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In the end, she was with the man she loves, but at what cost? April 1, Virmari, a young girl who is on a quest, of one day own the man she is in love with inspite all social boundaries. View all 4 comments. I enjoy books with strong female characters who break social norms. It was the mecca of Punjabi youth, who confidently strutted on the Mall, spent leisurely afternoons in Lawrence Gardens, thronged Anarkali Bazaar, embraced the politics of IPTA and the Left, and msnju and followed trends in art, literature and music.

I wonder the reason behind naming her Virmati and her mum Kaveri.

Log In Sign Up. She wanted to be traditional but she lacked courage to be really liberal. I can sympathise with both the mothers and daughters and it’s easy to see how you start thinking and acting like your own mother as you get older and have children of your own. Oct 21, Kai rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s s great account on the position of women in India and the impact of the WWII on everyday life in the British colonies, specifically India.


Virmati is deeply in love with Professor and refuses to marry Inderjit. Virmati is different from her siblings and her mother never fails to point out how difficult and selfish she is. Women still have trails to blaze Written by the daughter, a story chiefly told from her mom’s perspective, this is an absorbing read. These two females have been studied in this paper extensively with their roles and duties in the family and outside world.

Skimmed through the last few pages to finish the book. She was going to please her in-laws Kapur Kapur didn’t follow this lead, but turned to the ‘love’ story instead, concentrating solely on the educated, but somehow still non-thinking Virmati. Being away from her home, and moral control exercised by her mother, she succumbed to his passionate demands Chatterjee 3. In the era of child marriage and a patriarchal society, there blossoms a completely uneasy and an unlikely possible love story.

Even after her marriage she went for an M. Sep 14, Dhiyanah rated it it was ok.

Evocative description of life in India in the post-Independence era, especially the culture surrounding women. Virmati, ever the dissenter fell in love, which itself was a taboo.

I’m not sure what argument their story was trying to make regarding education ,anju girls. The novel tells the story of an upper middle class urban Arya Samaj Punjabi family in Amritsar, Punjab.