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It vividly describes India around the time of partition, but more importantly gives more depth to a story which sounded familiar.

The story of her search intermingles with that of her mother’s story and that of her grandmother. Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur.

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Read it to find yourself. She checked off all the societal taboos in the process. Constantly pregnant, she relies more and diffivult on her eldest daughter, Virmati. Really, Virmati, you’d have been better off had you married that canal engineer your family had chosen. If the narrative was going to be so character focused, I would have liked more time spent ruminating on feelings, emotions, all that sappy stuff that makes events and surroundings lively or engaging or devastating.

Virmati, ever the dissenter fell in love, which itself was a taboo.

Manju Kapur had me at the first line ‘The one thing I had wanted was not to be like my daughfers. The mother, Virmati, was one of the difficult daughters the narrator, who only tells us a little about herself, was the other. As it mwnju, the writing seemed a little nervous, uneasy.

I would have daugghters picked it up myself but I actually reserved it at the library because I liked the title. The mother beats her up and abuses her, when she attempts to come home and visits her sibling” Sudha Shree She is impatient, rebellious and intolerant of fuss. When she is thirteen years old and her mother was ill at Dalhousie, she comes to know the independent life of her cousin Shakuntla and she is then motivated to live a new life for her like Shakuntala.


I met Madhu Kapur before I read her first book. 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 loss of her loved ones. This book had a lot of promise, unfortunately, for me, it failed.

She was janju the one to dwell in the past, which difficupt why her daughter knew so little about her mother. But this professor is a great manipulator.

I find with this novel, the treasure isn’t so much in love as it is in the struggle to chose your own way. Virmati’s tragedy seems so clearly her fault only in hindsight.

Kapur didn’t follow this lead, but turned to the ‘love’ story instead, concentrating solely on the educated, but somehow still non-thinking Virmati. Almost all the story of the novel is told by Ida. Nobody has any business to live in the world and know nothing about its ways.

Virmati’s mother’s life is confining to her, a life where the purpose is to please one’s spouse and family. Third generation character Ida has been given less space in the study as she is the narrator. Virmati is a young Punjabi girl, born to a high-minded family in Amritsar; the oldest daughter of an ever-growing brood, Virmati spends much of her youth taking care of her siblings.

She is a girl of high aspirations. For me, there wasn’t much in this novel that delivered what its ‘Difficult Daughters’ title might promise.

Difficult Daughters

Once married, he sends her off to get an MA – as if to intellectually upgrade his trophy wife. I loved the writing style and characterization – no daughterz to explain Indian food, culture – not even translations. Nov 25, Vidhya Nair rated it liked it Shelves: It’s s great account on the position of women in India and the impact of the WWII on everyday mxnju in the British colonies, specifically India.


Then again, maybe not. The writing on spaces was much stronger, but didn’t receive as much attention.

Hers was a reasonably progressive family, dificult believed in educating women. She tells the life of her mother how and where she lived. I know that I want to satisfying, flourishing life and that such flourishing will only come from work that becomes a calling, difficjlt from cultivating friendships and relationships that enrich my thoughts and interests. On the whole, it felt a little slow. A daughter wishes to trace the journey of her deceased mother’s life.

I’d say you must really deeply consider whether the transgression is worth it. 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.

I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising. She is married in a traditional family. Feb 10, Tanvi rated it liked it. Virmati is deeply in love with Professor and refuses to marry Inderjit. Glad that Manju Kapur is writing, glad that publishers are printing books about women, about partition, about sex, and about families.

You would hope that a mother would want her daughter to have a better life, a more satisfied existence, but the women presented here protect the long-standing traditions more than the men. She has been described in the novel as a mother whose duty is to give birth to children as many as she can. I could feel the fire in this novel, the fire for more. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book.