Thursday, November 17, 2011

Difficult Daughters...Manju Kapur

For a long time  I have been looking to read something by this writer and last week  when I went to Hyderabad and my friend told me that she had bought it, I was thrilled, I asked her to give it to me as i would finish it in two days.

This is a story of Veermati set in the Punjab before partition. Veermati belongs to a wealthy family with her grandfather and father both being Aryasamaji believe in educating the girls.And when she falls for her neighbour..and oxford educated professor who is already married with a child, some blame comes on education too.Everything is so natural and real here, the back ground, living style, language..everything..It shows that in earlier times children were married in the childhood, as the professor is and when he grows up into a well educated intellectual, he feels no compatibility with his wife, he tries to educate her, but she is not interested. And though in all other respects she is a good wife and daughter.inlaw, he feels deprived and falls for a young beautiful girl who is studying.So far so good, but if he lacked that feeling of companionship only why he lusts after her and makes an illicit relationship with her?..why couldnt he be satisfied with a platonic relationship only.and then he is not shown as a good father even,somewhere he abandons his family for the girl..Here he falls from my eyes, he is a very intelligent man, but not with a good character.The story is shown thru the eyes of Veermati.as it happens..
The description of joint families, how the girls were treated and how much families cared for good will and respect in the society.everything is shown as it was..very interesting read..after a long time I read something with real people and real characters

19 comments:

Sujatha Sathya said...

stories taking us back to our history pre-and post partition i find them interesting & engrossing

Jon said...

I have read the book and many other manju kapurs... a ood read and well researched...
The only problem is she spices it up with homosexuality...dont know if she finds it as means of liberation

Harman said...

love the review...wud love to read it!
Love n lust are different things...platonic relationships can stay ...for very short time.. it ends up in physical relationship..which is sad!
but its true!

rama said...

Sounds interesting , would definitely read it. Thanks for the review. It always feels better to read, after knowing about it from someone.

Rachna said...

Haven't read the book but it does seem interesting.

chitra said...

I alos like to read stories set in Indian background

Jyothi said...

Would love to read this one. Will look for it here. Thanks.

AS said...

I have heard a lot abt Kapoor's writing..will try for sure.. :)

AS said...

I have heard a lot abt Kapoor's writing..will try for sure.. :)

Tomz said...

must be a great read

Amrita said...

Wow sounds interesting!

Sandhya said...

I have never read any book by this author. Seems interesting. Will give it a try sometime, thank you!

deeps said...

That seems to be a great experience in the first place to go through a book you have long wanted to…and sure enough from your description it seems to be a nice work….
thanks for sharing..

Chandrika Shubham said...

She has depicted Lahore so well. :) I have read it near about six or seven years back. I hope I remember the name of city correctly. :)
Have you read Jhumpa Lahiri's work?

Renu said...

Sujatha: me too:).that time was so different..

Jon: this is the first one I read and there is no homosexuality..its a very real story.

Harman: I cant understand this lust from intelligent people..how could they not think?...whycant they be strong enough to resist?

Rama: True..I also keep looking for references:)

Jyothi: I hope you like it:)

AS:.try it.its worth it.

Tomz: it is:)

Amrita:what is happening mam:)


Sandhya: suddenly I have started finding indian authors more interesting:)

deeps:..I have seen that whatevr I want ,I always get:)

Chandrika: yes I have read Jhumpa lahiri..unaccustomed earth, interpreter of maladies...

The Holy Lama said...

A good review. The latter part might be boring, eh?

Rhapsody B. said...

NAMASTE...
All too often people in unfilfilled marriages seek to blame the other spouse for their unhappiness.

Our happiness is our responsibility and it cannot be left to another to satisfy it.

sm said...

nice interesting story.
like the review short but gave complete idea

Renu said...

The Holy lama:.no its not boring..chk it:)

Rhapsody B; True.its our responsibility, but we cant get happiness at the cost of forgetting the morality of situation and hurting others.

sm: I can never write anything in detail:)