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 checked off kaphr the societal taboos in the process. Feb 10, Tanvi rated it liked it. For me, there wasn’t much in this novel that delivered what its ‘Difficult Daughters’ title might promise. I met Madhu Kapur before I read her first book. While she stood her grounds against her family for the sake of education, claiming she will never marry, it seemed as if her pursuit for study was only to feed her obsession for this man.

It’s not just in Indian culture that women were kept from furthering their learning I will note that today, often Indian families Mahju have known in America push their daughters to be educated if you look into history women were often seen as the weaker sex and ‘not clever enough to learn’.

Virmati’s tragedy seems so clearly her fault only in hindsight. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She is married in a traditional family.

She wanted to be traditional but she lacked courage to be I met Madhu Kapur before I read her first book. Quotes from Difficult Daughters.

May 27, Anushri Jain rated it really liked it. The relationship between the Professor and Virmati has been portrayed well and Virmati’s growth has been traced beautifully dahghters asides, thoughts, musings and small actions.

The mother beats her up and abuses her, when she attempts to come home and visits her sibling” Sudha Shree She is impatient, rebellious and intolerant of fuss. It is unclear if Virmati ever found true marital happiness. The only reason for three stars is the way Kapur describes the old Punjabi way of life with opulence of words and a grandeur associated with past In the end, she tries kaput pull off a Train to Pakistan but fails miserably.


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. The way someone will value me after I have gone….

She bears eleven children.

Jan 09, Joan Doane rated it really liked it. Read it to find yourself. The bigger sin daugjters falling in love with a married man, her professor. Being away from her home, and moral control exercised by her mother, she succumbed to his passionate demands Chatterjee 3. At the centre of the storm is Virmati, who yearns for something beyond marriage. Description of Indian households in that period really stand out.

Really, Virmati, you’d have been better off had you married that canal engineer your family had chosen. Indian Women Writing in English: Oct 30, Sowmya rated it really liked it.

He does not accept Daughterx socially and keeps continuing his illicit relationships with her. I’d like to learn more. View all 4 comments. 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.

Book review: Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters

I’m not sure what argument their story was trying to make regarding education for girls. She tells the life of her mother how and where she lived. The themes of independence and partition are something Indians identify with.

She is repeatedly reminded that she is born to work and please her in—laws. Ultimately women get awareness and they are conscious of their rights and try to carve a niche in the turbulent environment. But professor understands the demand of time and he hastily marries her.


Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur

In the first diffidult of the story one sees a young girl enamoured by an older more sophisticated man. Vol 8 No 1. What if I were living in her place – subject to these multiple claims, with no anchoring vision of how my life ought to be? True to his nickname, he is actually looking for a student.

When Kasturi gets married, she becomes the victim of this unrestricted birth. Almost the same kind of scene is reminded in the novel though it is an upper middle class in the novel.

It is difficult to imagine Lahore’s mesmerising pull in those pre-Independence, pre-Partition days. Describing Virmati would be similar to describing any girl of the same age; young, enthusiastic, adventurous, vibrant and highly emotional.

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: She takes it upon herself to join the loose ends of her past. Skip to main content. The professor has been married with his uneducated wife in his childhood.

I enjoyed this novel, it was thought provoking and full of suffering. 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 hopes of an arranged marriage. On the whole, it I began the book with very high expectations.