The purpose of present study is to investigate the positions of women in contemporary Indian novel Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur. The novel is set at the backdrop of Partition and Freedom Movement of India. The novel tells the story of an upper middle class urban Arya Samaj Punjabi family in Amritsar, Punjab. Two characters have been particularly taken for study Kapuri and her daughter, Virmati in the novel whose position usually bobs about in the society. These two females have been studied in this paper extensively with their roles and duties in the family and outside world.

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Aug 04, Maulika Patel rated it liked it This book had a lot of promise, unfortunately, for me, it failed. It felt unfinished. Sep 19, Shilpi Jain rated it really liked it Set in the backdrop of World War II, partition and the nascent India, this book is about love- myopic, pure, rebellious, painful but strong. Virmati is the eldest daughter of an affluent Arya Samaj family which encourages education but not independent thinking for their girls. She falls in love with a much married professor with two kids and thus starts the painful journey of being suspended in time for her life to start.

After they are married and Virmati disowned by her family, her husband Set in the backdrop of World War II, partition and the nascent India, this book is about love- myopic, pure, rebellious, painful but strong.

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. The story moves beautifully through time and places- Amritsar, Lahore, finally Delhi. While the country bleeds in birth and finds peace eventually, does it come to Virmati and her husband? Read it to find yourself.

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. Her writing is beautiful and assured throughout, dispersing at will to connect the reader with all manner of information — intense descriptions of the history, nuances of the Indian lifestyle, introductions to innumerable interesting characters — while maintaining a steady focus on the heart of the story, the life of young, determined Virmati.

With a striking command of language and a natural eloquence, Kapur weaves a story at once heartbreaking and impressively thought-provoking. No one is without shortcomings in the story, including Virmati, whose devotion to the professor readers may not be able to fully grasp. Her inclusion of small, consistent details that color the daily life of her Indian women works to bring the authenticity of her India to larger life, even for a foreign reader who may not be familiar with the native terms Kapur is quick to utilize.

This is one of the many charms of Difficult Daughters, the way it confidently offers its roots and the road to its present. In her examination of the search for female identity, Kapur puts forth an illuminating novel full of power, honesty, and grace.

A copy of the book was provided for the purpose of review.


Difficult Daughters

Ramya introduction at the end of the paper , Vol. III, Issue. This distinction has become a complex manifestation which creates new levels of tension in post-independence woman writings. Many Indian English woman writers portray the Independent woman who is not in conflict with the male, but accepts responsibility for herself. The term such as stress, feeling of isolation, alienation, identity and psychology has its crucial effect in present life style. Assimilation from social and psychological view point Manju Kapur is one of the best known celebrated post-independence writers exploring Sociological and psychological sensitive issues. Feminist theory begins with the eighteenth century and continues until the present.


Manju Kapur

They have portrayed the women characters as individuals who fight against suppression and oppression of women by the patriarchal society. They portray women as rebelling against the traditional role, breaking the shackles of exploitation and oppression, awakening with search for identity, to assert their individuality. Manju Kapur is one of the prominent new voices making her presence felt. She raises the voice against male chauvinism to claim the rights of economic independence of women.

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