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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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What comes next is her journey across India and Pakistan in search of some kind of closure, talking to family and friends and gathering information. For many readers with the freedom to stupidly love where we chose, and blaze a trail anywhere we please it’s often hard to imagine the suppression of the self.

Jan 04, Ananya rated it liked it. Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist. It’s hard for me to comprehend why she even made them, as they were clearly making her more and more unhappy. Virmati wants more than just being a wife. The book tells the story of Virmati and is partly narrated by her daughter who is trying to learn more about her mother.

Skimmed through the last few pages to finish the book. Hers was a r A daughter wishes to trace the journey of her deceased mother’s life. I could not put it down! Bringing together stories of three women of different generations yet governed by similar thoughts, circumstances and feelings, Difficult Daughters brings out the difficulties that women go through even if they are from a higher stratum of the society. She tells her that marriage is not only thing in life.


Her daughter, who opens the daughtere in a flash-forward scene, is the most intriguing character and we only hear from her rarely throughout the book. Virmati desire to have the professor to herself, her struggles, frustrations, her little joys and ‘non-cooperation’ is depicted wonderfully. There is no provision for the gynecologist at their time and only midwives conduct deliveries.

This book made me miss a lot about north India talk of cooking, of food, of sleeping outside. Her mother who fell prey to a man who was a different sort of trap. It’s hard to imagine it was ‘shocking’ when a woman wanted to further her education when compared today’s standards. To ask other readers questions about Difficult Daughtersplease sign up.

An International Journal in English www. He gets her fired from her first job by visiting her at night though regressive social norms 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! What a pity Ms. These two females have been studied in this paper extensively with their roles and duties in the family and outside world.

She rebels against her family to get her love. Ultimately she shifts to Lahore. The actual bulk of the book is well written, it is an engrossing tale of love and deceit set in the backdrop of India’s partition.


Difficult Daughters

CD Audiobook 0 editions. A Fabulous book which explores the identity of a woman in society and an individual search for independence from the norms of society.

Jan 09, Joan Doane rated it really liked it. Virmati is different from her siblings and her mother never fails to point out how difficult and selfish she is.

Enjoyed this book and want to read others by this writer. Those, even those from forward thinking families, who decide to continue their education, msnju even not to marry, are viewed with disappointment and suspicion. Paperbackpages.

Oct 21, Kai rated it it was amazing Shelves: On the whole, it I began the book with very high expectations. I enjoyed this novel, it was thought provoking and full of suffering. She takes it upon kqpur to join the loose ends of her past.

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In the first part of the story one sees a young girl enamoured by an older more sophisticated man. Harish is awful – self-centered and selfish and hypocritical – kaupr it’s easy to dislike him. It seems that tradition is more important, especially as the actions of a daughter affect her whole family.