Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur


I think I should simply start by saying that give me anything with family drama and partition backdrop and I’ll read it happily. Apart from that, I think it’s quite an average read for somebody whose favorite genre is not family drama/partition. Summed it up pretty fast, yeah?

This is the 18th book that I read as part of last year’s Brunch Book Challenge. I wanted to read it since a long time because, okay, the cover was way too attractive. I want that maang tikka! πŸ˜€


The thing I liked the most about it is that Lahore (now in Pakistan) was described extremely beautifully. The way it made me yearn to physically see that place as how it is described is mind-boggling! As for the story, *tiny spoiler alert*,Β it is essentially a love story but with a lot of family drama thrown in. The problem is that it’s a story of miserable loveΒ and sadly I did not feel bad enough for the protagonists. I just couldn’t establish a connection with either of them, I am sure they had their reasons to do things, but I just wasn’t able to understand or take in their point of view, I always felt that they should stop bringing such agony upon themselves. The attention to detail towards people, places, food & culture was remarkable along with defining even the supporting characters beautifully. In general, I enjoyed reading it. It’s not a you-can’t-miss-this book but a nice read if you like the genre. πŸ™‚

8 thoughts on “Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur

  1. 18th πŸ™‚ keep it up.
    Haven’t read any book of this genre. So, I can’t say what to expect but I do know that there is something about family drama and Indians πŸ˜‰

    • hahaha! i know where that last sentence is coming from πŸ˜€ and yes 18th of last year, by the way, this year you are my inspiration to read more value addition books πŸ˜›

      On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 6:32 PM, Life of Srish wrote:


      • Arre you are reading far more than me- ok, not in numbers but genre wise. Ye sab books kahaan dekhi hain maine. Moreover, abhi am reading for a purpose- though, to be honest, I am beginning to like it that ways.
        You have to read more. There never is TIME for that πŸ™‚

  2. I think being able to connect to love stories depends on one’s perception and quite possibly changes with time. For example, a young boy (possessing almost no sense of the real world and its responsibilities) would be better able to connect with even a miserable love story, whereas an older mature man would find it weird that two people are going through so much and giving up their comfort zones just for love (somewhat like what you felt).

    • totally agree, perceptions of love stories change with people, times, experiences. maybe if I read it again, i’ll feel differently about that particular part, just this time I wasn’t able to connect πŸ™‚

      On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 7:58 PM, Life of Srish wrote:


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