The Criterion: An International Journal in English ISSN A Feminist Study of Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters Bijender Singh . Set against the tumult of the Partition, Manju Kapur’s acclaimed first novel captures a life torn between family, desire, and love. The one thing I had wanted . Difficult Daughters By Manju Kapur Penguin Pages: Price: Rs This charming novel is about educating daughters, and facing the.

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She was never the one to dwell in the past, which is why her daughter knew so little about her mother.

Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters & The Immigrants

Ultimately she shifts to Lahore. Almost the same kind of scene is reminded in the novel though it is an upper middle class in the novel. It’s not only that I think it wasn’t; it’s rather that Virmati never seemed to properly analyse her situation and ended up making choices which even she seemed to consider rather harmful than profitable. It’s not just in Indian culture that women were kept from furthering their learning I will note that today, often Indian families I have known in America push their daughters to be educated if you look into history women were often seen as the weaker sex and ‘not clever enough to learn’.

Even after her marriage she went for an M. One of the better books I’ve read in a while. My eyes, my heart, my kidneys, any organ that can be of no use. 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. Oct 30, Sowmya rated it really liked it.

In the end it was maybe his first wife who ended being the smarter one by refusing to learn to read or care for anything he tried to teach her, she stood her ground and stuck to what she thought was important, be it cooking and astrology. Her mother who fell prey to a man who was a different sort of trap.


I could feel the fire in this novel, the fire for more.

No one is without shortcomings in the story, including Virmati, whose devotion to the professor readers may not be able to fully grasp.

She has to do different household tasks of the home. Reading this book, I often rotated between being proud of and feeling frustrated with the protagonist– a mark of dimensional and memorable characters.

It’s hard for me to comprehend why she even made them, as they were clearly making her more and more unhappy. Someone who would listen and learn, someone he could mould according to his vision but someone who would never exercise their independent reasoning skills.

I’m not sure what argument their story was trying to make regarding education for girls. The story moves beautifully through time and places- Amritsar, Lahore, finally Delhi.

The purpose of present study is to investigate the positions of women in contemporary Indian novel Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur. She checked off all the societal taboos in the process.

Sep 14, Dhiyanah rated it it was ok. For me, there wasn’t much in this novel that delivered what its ‘Difficult Daughters’ title might promise.

He often comes homes late and Astha keeps on waiting to spend some time with him. Despite her desperation to forget the professor she helplessly failed and became more entangled with him.

Skimmed through the last few pages to finish the book.

Difficult Daughters

They mnaju so similar yet so very different. Then she difficilt impressed and moved by Swarnalatha who is her room-mate in the hostel. As it was, the writing seemed a little nervous, uneasy. The paper is also an attempt to highlight how education deviates from the main objective; even the educated girls like Virmati who spoils her life by falling in love with a married professor who has already fathered two children.


She is a girl of high aspirations.

For more than many reasons this has made it to touch my heart! She is impatient, rebellious and intolerant of fuss. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Her mother wanted Virmati to do something all the time for her siblings and this habit of her mother irked her. Apr 15, Parvoneh rated it it was ok. She decides to commit suicide. Then again, maybe not. These children fight kqpur home and the elder one commands orders on the younger siblings.

A good and easy read with a lot of indian cultural background. Third generation character Ida has been given less space in the study as she is the narrator. This novel does not approach the women of a family or a single state of Punjab; rather it has wide dimensions. Daugghters wanted escape and freedom and of course, her own daughter Ida doesn’t wish to be like her mother either.

It can be painful. However, traditions are strictly adhered to, and this causes much conflict. I met Madhu Kapur before I read her first book.

Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur

Indian Writing in English: Enjoyed this book and want to read others by this writer. Her second novel A Married Woman was called ‘fluent and witty’ in the Independent, while her third, Homewas described as ‘glistening with detail and emotional acuity’ in the Sunday Times. Virmati is deeply in love with Professor and refuses to marry Inderjit.

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.