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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The plight of the women is described in a beautiful manner where there is no birth-control in India and ladies are considered a machine to produce more and more children.

She fails in her attempt and is locked up in a godown as a punishment Chakravorty However, traditions are strictly adhered to, and this causes much conflict.

The story of this book describes the love story of a 24year old girl, Virmati and her struggle to own the man of her life. My eyes, my heart, my kidneys, any organ that can be of no use. This is the happiest period in Virmati’s life she spends in Nahan, the capital of Sirmaur.

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I think it will be something book clubs can really bite into. Lists with This Book. The novel is related to her life and she gets a loving and caring husband and better surroundings to live in Delhi. I really enjoyed reading these different phases. Faber and Faber, The novel is is a story of a ten year old girl when we first meet her in the novel. The political nanju also see new roles for women beyond the confines of thier family homes. I wonder the reason behind naming her Virmati and her mum Kaveri.


Learning about the goings-on in a middle-class upper middle-class perhaps?

Book review: Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters

She is the real mother for her siblings whom she takes care when her mother gets aside from her duties after giving them birth. Her mother is always worried about her marriage and she does not understand her mental turmoil. 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.

In retrospect, I may have made up my mind to like the book long before I even read more than 15 words. Government College, with diffiult Gothic spire narrowing into the sky and intense intellectual life, was their “Oxford of the East”. This could potentially be a good primer into the backdrops of South Asian literature, to acclimatize to a bit of its history daughhers the expectations weaved into its social constructs, how intensely duty and obligation have been drummed into generations, how much battle it takes to get even just a slight wiggle room within or out of them.

Having finished the book, I felt that Ida’s birth wasn’t where it should have ended. She was never the one to dwell in the past, which is why her daughter knew so little about her mother. She is stunned to know how little she knew about her own mother and yet somehow their lives bear a strange resemblance.

The bigger sin was falling in love with a married man, her professor. I wish the book didn’t concentrate so strongly on Virmati. But still the daughters were expected to ultimately settle down with their husbands and raise family. There is very little mention on her part on what her education has done for her.

When she goes to college, this professor falls in love with her, and he gradually keeps a full control on her heart and mind. While the country bleeds in birth and finds peace eventually, does it come to Virmati and her husband? She was still Vol.


After they are married and Virmati disowned by her family, her husband encourages her to study, to learn- by his choice, to be his companion, be independent within the limits he sets and keep up with his parallel family. I never understood why Ida wanted to know more about her Mother’s life. Once married, he sends her off to get an MA – as if to intellectually upgrade his trophy wife.

What followed were years of tribulations. The relationship between the Professor and Virmati has been portrayed well and Virmati’s growth has been traced beautifully through asides, thoughts, musings and small actions.

Her daughter, who opens the novel in a flash-forward scene, is the diffixult intriguing character and we only hear from her rarely throughout the book. Sep 05, Ashmi rated it it was amazing.

Overall, this is a simple story, well written. On the whole, it felt a little slow. Perhaps ka;ur too easy to pass judgment. Her mother fails to understand that Virmati is a very sincere girl since her childhood who has her self-respect.

Vol 8 No 1. So her role in the family is less of a child, a sister and more of a mother. In the era of child marriage and a patriarchal society, there blossoms a completely uneasy and an unlikely possible love story.