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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This antagonizes her own family, as well as the first wife obviously. He gets her fired from her first job by visiting her at night though regressive social norms are to blame as daughtdrs and he then marries her and subjects her to intolerable living conditions with his resentful family – and the worst thing is how Virmati allows all of this to happen, even while realizing how wrong it is!

Description of Indian households in that period really stand out. In the first part of the story one sees a young girl enamoured by an older more sophisticated man.

It’s somewhat harder to dislike Virmati – her life and her ambitions are always subordinated to the kspur, first, of her family, and then later of her husband. When she is thirteen years old and her mother was ill at Dalhousie, she comes to know the kaour life of her cousin Shakuntla and she is then motivated to live a new life for her like Shakuntala.

An amazing dufficult which I really loved. He had already been infected with the Western balderdash or romantic love and partnership, so who could blame him for falling hard and deep for a young and bright Virmati.

Her daughter, had a troubled marriage that ended in divorce, drawing similarities with the struggles of her mother. The granddaughter’s own story shows that despite the time that has passed. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. Virmati wanted her mother to love and appreciate her and she accepted a version of it with her choice of Hari. Dec 17, Kinga rated it really liked it.


This isn’t a love story as such because the professor comes across kaput such a curiously selfish and unpleasing individual that I found it hard to see how Virmati maintained her feelings for him.

What if I were living in her place – subject to these multiple claims, with no anchoring vision of how my life ought to be? Those few pages held in them things about memories, lineage, and history that are worth cherishing. Faber and Faber, In this research paper, the writer analyzes and focuses on the issues related to the upper middleclass Indian women and their mental dilemma on their plight.

A Feminist Study of Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters | Dr. Bijender Singh –

As daughtere was, the writing seemed a little nervous, uneasy. A Fabulous book which explores the identity of a woman in society and an individual search for independence from the norms of society.

Despite her desperation to forget the professor she helplessly failed and became more entangled with him. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Difficult Daughters

Indian Writing in English: This book is an extraordinary book. It would be predictable to write the story of a rebellious daughter who embraces education and career as an alternative to arranged marriage, but what Kapur does is more subtle. The novel is is a story of a ten year old girl when we first meet her in the novel. The novel is set at the backdrop of Partition and Freedom Movement of India.

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. Having finished the book, I felt that Ida’s birth wasn’t where it should have ended. Apr 15, Parvoneh rated it it was ok. Virmari, a young girl who is on a quest, of one day own the man she is in love with inspite all social boundaries. I wanted to like Difficult Daughtersbut overall I thought it was clunky.


And the way her fight for the man of her life change her as a person; how the change compels duaghters to ignore everything else, the revolution, the bloodshed, even the loss of her loved ones. I wonder the reason behind naming her Virmati and her mum Kaveri.

However the novel was at its best when describing the love story and the implications of a second wife in the family than when dealing with the “historic stuff”.

Despite independence she does not daughteds the idea of marriage and motherhood, indeed is more determined to marry the man of her choosing.

This paper is a diatribe against the patriarchal rules prevalent in India. Choice is something many people take for granted. Sep 14, Dhiyanah rated it it was ok.

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. Jun 17, Baljit rated it really liked it. It is only Virmati who tends them.

She has to do different household tasks of the home. This book provides a brief experience to manuj the situation of our country, India during the time of war and how the war along with the social taboos of Indian culture effected the life of Virmati.

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