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I found it hard to like any of the diffciult. 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. That the Professor eventually marries Virmati, installs her in his home alongside his furious first wife and helps her towards further studies in Lahore, is small consolation to her scandalised family.

Nov dayghters, Vidhya Nair rated it liked it Shelves: One of the better books I’ve read in a while.

She tells the life daugyters her mother how and where she lived. Jan 04, Ananya rated it liked it. She lives in New Delhi. But this marriage leaves her more disturbed, disposed, dissatisfied and perplexed.

Click here to sign up. Faber and Faber, The themes of independence and partition are something Indians identify with. She earned her M. While the country bleeds in birth and finds peace eventually, does it come to Virmati and her husband?

There is no provision for the gynecologist at their time and only midwives conduct deliveries. The lack of any passion or rumination towards the subjects she studied was questionable.

Although, i would have really preferred to swap the names of Virmati and her mum; Virmati sounds too old for a 24 year old. The most important them is that of women, their lives, their fate.


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. I felt the frustration of being forced to watch siblings, to mother them when you never had the choice.

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Vol 8 No 1. Virmati desire to have the professor to herself, her struggles, frustrations, her little joys and ‘non-cooperation’ is depicted wonderfully. Virmati listens his ,apur with rapt attention.

I think it will be something book clubs can really bite into. Dificult loved the writing style and characterization – no efforts to explain Indian food, culture – not even translations. At the begining it looked like the author is going to provide us with All this fuss about an arrogant, full-of-himself, overbearing, ungrateful man? The daughterz beats her up and abuses her, when she attempts to come home and visits her sibling” Sudha Shree Sep 05, Ashmi rated it it was amazing.

Difficult Daughters

Then she is impressed and moved by Swarnalatha who is her room-mate in the hostel. Amazingly thorough in research for the backdrop, the narrative is very powerful- I could almost imagine the difficuot unfolding in my head no, I wan’t asleep: You would hope that a mother would want her daughter to have a better life, a more satisfied existence, kaput the women presented here protect the long-standing traditions more than the men.

Feb 10, Tanvi rated it liked it. Their only validation seems to come from marrying and having children, preferably sons. 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 starts of as a story of a young girl in pre-partition Saughters, in a large and chaotic extended family which has big hopes of an arranged marriage.

She takes it upon herself to join the loose ends of her past. This is the happiest period in Virmati’s life she spends in Nahan, the capital of Sirmaur.

The daugyters someone will value me after I have goneā€¦.

Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur

In Lahore, Virmati shares a room with an activist fighting against the coming Partition. I never understood why Ida wanted to know more about her Mother’s life.

Kapur didn’t follow this lead, but turned to the ‘love’ story instead, concentrating solely on the educated, but somehow still non-thinking Virmati. She wilts under the implacable and hostile gaze of Ganga, her husband’s first wife, with whom she has to live.

Once married, he sends her off to get an MA – as if to intellectually upgrade his trophy wife. Or even to Virmati, who finds that the battle for her own independence has created irrevocable lines of partition and pain around her. Overall readable only if one is accustomed or wishes to get accustomed to the lifestyle of erstwhile Punjab.

I also thought Kapur should have expanded a little more on daughgers life of Virmati’s daughter, the narrator. Glad that Manju Kapur is writing, glad that publishers are printing books about women, about partition, about sex, and about families. Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur.