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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What followed were years of tribulations.

Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur

She was never the one to dwell in the past, which is why her daughter knew so little about her mother. To view it, click here. When she goes to college, this professor falls in love with her, and he gradually keeps a full control on her heart and mind.

On the whole, it I began the book with very high expectations. The novel is related to her life and she gets a loving and caring husband and better surroundings to live in Delhi.

She has to do different household tasks of the home. The way someone will value me after I have gone…. The purpose of present study is to investigate the positions of women in contemporary Indian novel Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur. My eyes, my heart, my kidneys, any organ that difficult be of no use.

The professor has been married with his uneducated wife in his childhood. Jan 04, Ananya rated it liked it.

Nov 07, Eliana Nzualo rated it really liked it Shelves: Despite her desperation to forget the professor she helplessly failed and became more entangled with him. This is one of the many charms of Difficult Daughters, the way it confidently offers its roots and the road to its present. Her mother knew that in the end, it was only necessary to marry and forget one’s own desires. Indian household was helpful and of interest to me. 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.


I’m far from being a traditionalist. After she graduated, her education continued at home. Her mother wanted Virmati to do something all the time for her siblings and this habit of her mother irked her.

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I find with this novel, the treasure isn’t so much in love as it is in the struggle to chose your own way. In an era, where women were raised to be submissive, first to the males in their families and ultimately to their husband, she wished to break free. The themes of independence and partition are something Indians identify with.

I loved the way the relationships in this book are laid out and how much understanding has gone into writing this. 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. Then again, maybe not. Even after her marriage she went for an M. Faber and Faber, Trivia About Difficult Daughters. Virmati, a young woman born in Amritsar into an austere and high-minded household, falls in love with a neighbour, the Professor–a man who is already married.

Virmati falls for a married man, Harish, so with that and her desire for education things get tricky at home in a middle class family in Amitsar in the s.

A good read to understand how women become the vehicle for subjugation as well as empowerment of other women. All the Indian references make me miss my family. Tradition can be a beautiful thing, but it can also murder the soul.

She is the real mother for her siblings whom she takes care when her mother gets aside from her duties after giving them birth.

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Her mother who fell prey to a man who was a different sort of trap. She is repeatedly reminded that she is born to work and please her in—laws. Hers was a reasonably progressive family, they believed in educating women. Really, Virmati, you’d have been better off had you married that canal engineer your family had chosen. Sep 05, Ashmi rated it it was amazing.

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Preview — Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur. Women still have trails to blaze All this fuss about an arrogant, full-of-himself, overbearing, ungrateful man? The plight daguhters the women is described in a beautiful manner where there is no birth-control in Raughters and ladies are considered a machine to produce more and more children. She tells her that marriage is not only thing dufficult life.

In the end, she was with the man she loves, but at what cost? The relationship between the Professor and Virmati has been portrayed well and Virmati’s growth has been traced beautifully through asides, thoughts, musings and small actions.

Vol 8 No 1. If the narrative was going to be so character focused, I would have liked more time spent ruminating on feelin This book made me miss a lot about north India talk of cooking, of food, of sleeping outside. Open Preview See a Problem? There is no provision for the gynecologist at their time and only midwives conduct deliveries.

In her examination of the search for female identity, Kapur puts forth an illuminating novel full of power, honesty, and grace. 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.