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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I loved the way the relationships in this book are laid out and how much understanding has gone into writing this.

He does not accept Virmati socially and keeps continuing his illicit relationships with her. It’s hard for me to comprehend why she even made them, as they were clearly making her more and more unhappy.

Difficult Daughters

Tess22 Sep 14, This isn’t a love mqnju as such because the professor comes across as such a curiously selfish and unpleasing individual that I found it hard to see how Virmati maintained her kxpur for him. The other part paints the realities of her choice- to be the second wife. Difficult Daughters tells the story of Virmati, a young woman who falls in love with a married professor just as her family is planning her own marriage.

A very interesting read, a portrait of one and then two countries through the lives of women. All this fuss about an arrogant, full-of-himself, overbearing, ungrateful man?

It would’ve been interesting to know more about Virmati’s father and grandfather as men sympathetic to women’s education in her life, but they seemed a little left out.

Indian Women Novelist in English. He is not satisfied with his previous wife as she is not educated like him. To view it, click here. She has to let go of an unwanted marriage which infuriates her family and also deal with her relationship to a professor who is already married but deeply in love with her.


Virmati is deeply in love with Professor and refuses to marry Inderjit. I began the book with very high expectations. She checked off all the societal taboos in the process.

Virmati falls for a married man, Harish, so with that and her desire for education things get tricky at home in a middle class family in Amitsar in the s. Her most recent novel, The Immig Manju Kapur is the author of four novels. The story was intriguing, but not vibrant. Jun 17, Baljit rated it really liked it.

Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur

Also it isn’t a story of a ‘strong woman’ breaking society’s norms – although she does indeed go against her family, she lets her husband choose her university course and fears to join political activists for fear of his disapproval. Their only validation seems to come from marrying and having children, preferably sons. As it is revealed at the very beginning, I can also tell you that young Virmati ends up marrying the Professor and becoming his second wife.

Her mother fails to understand that Virmati is a very sincere girl since her childhood who has her self-respect. She fails in her attempt and is locked up in a godown as a punishment Chakravorty Kapur didn’t follow this lead, but turned to the ‘love’ story instead, concentrating solely on the educated, but somehow still non-thinking Virmati.

Her first novel Difficult Daughters is about three generations in a single family. Her journey is not easy. She has to let go of an unwanted marriage which infuriates her family A Fabulous book which explores the identity of a woman in society and an individual search for independence from the norms of society. She takes it upon herself to join the loose ends of her past. Virmati wants more than just being a wife.

A good and easy read with a lot of indian cultural background. Perhaps it’s too easy to pass judgment. Or even to Virmati, who finds that the battle for her own independence has created irrevocable lines of partition and pain around her.


Cifficult is likeable but often frustrating, an intelligent woman letting everyone else control her life – a problem which isn’t neatly solved.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Virmati takes up with Harish and finds herself living alongside his first wife. The author has very well described all the phases of a women’s life, how she a women can be hated, loved, admired, ignored, regretted, expected and is always over loaded with responsibilities.

She has been described in the novel as a mother whose duty is to give birth to children as many as she can. For me, there wasn’t much in this novel that delivered what its ‘Difficult Daughters’ title might promise. She earned her M. 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 dughters arranged marriage.

The professor has been married with his uneducated wife in his childhood.

Int “History scares me. Jan 18, Shivani Davda rated it liked it. Overall, this is a simple story, well written. They are the conscious women who are using their energy in reforming and creative activities. She has to complete her dicficult duties as well as domestic duties.

Quotes from Difficult Daughters. It can be painful. I’m not sure what argument their story was trying to make regarding education for girls. Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur. Likewise, this isn’t difficuly predictable story of forbidden love. Click here to sign up.

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