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 checked off all the societal taboos in the process.

The bigger sin was falling in love with a married man, her professor. Want to Read saving…. Virmati, the narrator’s mother, was a women who was misfit for the society of her time.

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. This paper is a diatribe against the patriarchal rules prevalent in India. Virmati’s tragedy seems so clearly her fault only in hindsight.

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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. Her eldest daughter, Virmati, admires her unnmarried, educated cousin but is pushed into higher education largely by the coincidence of a postponed engagement. True to his nickname, he is actually looking for a student. This book provides a brief experience to understand 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.


In the end, the narrator wanted the memory of Virmati to leave her. The book is like many other books written about an Indian family in the pre-independence era.

Remember me on this computer. To spice things up Manju Kapur included the political background the story manjy place before and around Partition and even tries to create some parallels between the micro and macrocosm. Indian Women Novelist in English.

I would have never picked it up myself but I actually reserved it at the library because I liked the title. A Fabulous book which explores the identity of a woman in society and an individual search for independence from the norms of society.

Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur

Despite her desperation to kspur the professor she helplessly failed and became more entangled with him. Kasturi, Virmati, Astha or Ida are victimized of the rotten-rules of the patriarchal society. 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. Set in the backdrop of World War II, partition and the nascent India, this book is about love- myopic, pure, rebellious, painful but kapud.

And there is also plenty mention of the Partition. Indian Women Writing in English: However the novel was at its best when describing the love story and the implications of a second daughfers in the family than when dealing with the “historic stuff”. In the end, she was with the daughtets she loves, but at what cost? Even at the time of death of her father, she is not allowed to cross the threshold of daughhers house while the son-in-law is warmly welcomed.


After they are married and Virmati disowned by her family, her husband encourages her to study, to learn- by his choice, to be his companion, be independent within the limits he sets and keep up with his parallel family. Vol 8 No 1.

Difficult Daughters

I enjoyed this novel, it was thought provoking and full of suffering. Disobedient Daughters could very well be the title, and when our main character Virmati falls in love with a forbidden fruit married man you know it’s going to go sour.

The story was intriguing, but not vibrant. Three generations of women trying to escape the destiny of each other.

Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters & The Immigrants

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. She then becomes romantically involved with a college lecturer, and that romantic engagement paves the way to further education. On the kapurr, it I began the book with very high expectations. She was still Vol.