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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After they are married and Virmati disowned by her family, her husband enc Set in the backdrop of World War II, partition and the nascent India, this book is about love- myopic, pure, rebellious, painful but strong.

Though a few instances are questionable because it is written by the speaker through the memory and information collected about her mother, the post-face does ease out the doubts. The lack of any passion or rumination towards the subjects she studied was questionable.

Difficult Daughters

Nov 07, Eliana Nzualo rated it really liked it Shelves: The relationship between the Professor and Virmati has been portrayed well and Virmati’s growth has been traced beautifully ddaughters asides, divficult, musings and small actions. That said, I found the ending of the story to be somewhat rushed– I was hoping for more insight into the protagonist’s relatio I enjoy books with strong female characters who break social norms.

Virmati is the eldest of eleven children, born to a respectable family in Amritsar.

Jul 18, Prerna Mishra rated it really liked it. Lists with This Book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. She then becomes romantically involved with a college lecturer, and that romantic engagement paves the way to daugyters education. The granddaughter’s own story shows that despite the time that has passed. Or even to Virmati, who diffiuclt that the battle for her own independence has created irrevocable lines of partition and pain around her.


I could feel the fire in this novel, the fire for more. The situation of women can also be seen in the secondary characters. That the Professor eventually marries Virmati, installs her in his home alongside his furious first wife and helps her towards further studies in Lahore, is small consolation to her scandalised family.

She has clearly been unhappily married and estranged from her family, but we can only glean information from her reaction to her mother’s story. Virmati is different from her siblings and her mother never fails to point out how difficult and selfish she is.

I really enjoyed reading these different phases.

The bigger sin was falling in love with a married man, her professor. Virmati, the narrator’s mother, was a women who was misfit for the society of her time. Virmati’s mother’s life is confining to her, a life where the purpose is to please one’s spouse and family. When her aunt and neighbour takes in a lodger, the U. Manju Kapur is the author of four novels. The story moves beautifully through time and places- Amritsar, Lahore, finally Delhi.

She was not properly attended after the delivery also. She starts teaching in a school to run her home just after her marriage and she has to get up early in the morning. I also thought Kapur should have expanded a little more on the life of Virmati’s daughter, the narrator.

Truly describes the struggle one woman makes to pursue something she desires and the sort of changes that brings about. He is as domineering as her family, albeit with different values, and her interest in education is largely shaped by what he wants her to become. The position of women, the beliefs, the patriarchal set up, the one odd character playing a revolutionary. That the Profe 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.


Set against the tumult of the Partition, Manju Kapur’s acclaimed first novel captures a life torn between family, desire, and love. I enjoyed the book. Resentful of having to spend her teenage years assisting her constantly pregnant mother, she dreamt of further education and fell in love with a married professor This could potentially be a good primer into the backdrops of South Asian literature, to acclimatize to a bit of its history and 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.

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She tries to please her husband, a man who barely thinks of her, and understandably doesn’t like the interloper. He gets her fired from her first job by visiting her at night though regressive social dlfficult are to blame as well 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!

Set in the s, the backdrop of the Partition of India gives added interest to a very readable novel. Harish is awful daughteds self-centered and selfish and hypocritical – and it’s easy to dislike him.

Learning about the goings-on in a middle-class upper middle-class perhaps? Remember me on this computer.