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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Tradition can be a beautiful thing, but it can also murder the soul. She tries to end her life by drowning.

She is encouraged by a visit of a glamorous city-dwelling cousin, who has chosen to study rather than marry. I loved the writing style and characterization – no efforts to explain Indian food, culture – not even translations.

Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur

Virmati is the eldest daughter of an affluent Mamju Samaj family which encourages education but not independent thinking for their girls. In the first part of the story one sees a young daughterz enamoured by an older more sophisticated man.

She wants to be independent and actively engaged with politics but manages to do neither; she is either pulled this way by her angry family, or pulled that way by her horrible lover, and in acquiescing to those claims, she destroys her chances for the kind of life that she seems to want.

Hoping that we’ll get balance in the future–talking about individuals, talking about ideas, understanding the magnitude of families, of countries, of hurt. This dirficult has been hidden because it contains spoilers. He is as domineering as her family, albeit with different values, and diffjcult interest in education is largely shaped by what he wants her to become. It is unclear if Virmati ever found true marital happiness.

She starts teaching in a school to run her home just after her marriage diffocult she has to get up early in the morning. Int “History scares me. Oct 30, Sowmya rated it really liked it. 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. Virmari, a young girl who is on a quest, of one day own the man she is in love with inspite all social boundaries.


This book takes us on a pre-independence round-trip of an Indian family, and reveals the traps that women fall into, the prisons they willingly enter and the cycle of life. When she goes to college, this professor falls in love with her, and he gradually keeps a full control on her heart and mind. Her romantic notions pale when faced with poverty and hostilities surrounding her, but she learns to make her own demands. Phil from Delhi University.

Lists with This Book. She checked off all the societal taboos in the process.

Now the time has dzughters and women are coming out of their houses to take part in Satyagraha Movement to fight for their right. 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.

However, traditions are strictly adhered to, and this causes much conflict. It’s somewhat harder to dislike Virmati – her life and her ambitions are always subordinated to the wants, first, of her family, and then later of her husband.

Women still have trails to blaze Even after her marriage she went for an M. No one is without shortcomings in the story, including Virmati, whose devotion to the professor readers may not be able to fully grasp.

Difficult Daughters

Her mother fails to understand that Virmati is a very sincere girl since her childhood who has her self-respect. But her very incompetence in managing her life infuriate me. An amazing story which I really loved. In an interview with rediff. And the way her fight for the man of her life change her as a person; how the change compels her to ignore everything else, the revolution, the bloodshed, even the daugyters of her loved ones. The author brings together three generations of women in what today are two countries: Ultimately women get awareness and they are conscious of their rights and try to carve a niche in the turbulent environment.


I would have never picked it up myself but I actually reserved it at the library because I liked the title.

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

Perhaps surprisingly we know least about the granddaughter, Ida, the original narrator of the book. Evocative description of life in India in the post-Independence era, especially the culture surrounding women. I enjoyed this novel, it was thought provoking and full of suffering. Sep 05, Ashmi rated it it was amazing.

The story of this book describes the love story of a 24year old girl, Virmati and her struggle to own the man of her life. Virmati wants more than just being a wife. 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.

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 Her daughter, who opens the novel in a flash-forward scene, is the most intriguing character and we only hear from her rarely throughout the book.