The second novel of Manju Kapur ” s A Married Woman, is set in Delhi against the milieu of communal turbulences centered on the. A Married Woman has ratings and 44 reviews. Gorab said: My wife picked this and I followed in curious to know more about Married Woman:>At the bac. Editorial Reviews. Review. A stunning repackage of Manju Kapur’s classic novel – the tender and funny story of family life across three generations of Delhi.

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The two women do not meet until almost two-thirds of the way through the novel.

The blurb on the cover of A Married Woman published in mentions, ‘When she [Astha] embarks on a powerfully physical relationship with a much younger woman, she risks losing the acquisitions of her conventional marriage. The action takes place during the s, a time of change and turmoil in India, and Kapur attempts, not always successfully, to juxtapose these transformations with those within the protagonist herself–a woman who seems highly marrieed from the set go–odd within these middle-class constraints?

The character of Asta struggles with this throughout the book, using her art and then eventual political activism to be a part of the world. It is the story of a woman who feels trapped in a matrimony with a rather traditional husband who does not understand her.

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I hope she earns sufficient money from her painting and eventually when her children have grown up she manjk her husband can kind of quietly drift apart and she can have a better life. Hemant seems kind enough. This is the third novel by this author I have read, and although quite readable, it is the one I liked least.


One slip might find her alone, vulnerable and unprotected.

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A great read if one wishes to learn more about India’s political issues in the eighties. They opt out of lesbian bonding after some time and settle down as heterosexual married women. She begins a realtionship with a younger woman and her life takes a different turn.

If the physical nature of her marriage has changed, this is not initially of great concern. She falls in love many times, but is disappointed in some way in all of them. It is a well written engrossing story – so I can’t say I disliked maried, it just left me a little cold.

In India there is virtually no lesbian theorising.

Would you like us to take another look at this review? Astha’s refusal to give up on family, home, children is inexplicable in view maried the false, oppressed ‘migrained’ existence she leads, except in terms of the lesbian panic which thwarts the possibility of their joyful life together—a life free of ‘migraines. Though more sexually experienced than her parents realise – there are some chillingly comic scenes of men going as far as they can in cars – Astha remains intact and finally accepts one of her mother’s approved men.

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Good book in one of my favourite settings. Her time-scale, for instance. Jan 26, Akilesh Sridharan rated it liked it.

Manju’s writing is not spectacular ,but she adroitly captures the essence of trials and tribulations of a middle class family in the 80’s. It is within political rife that we are introduced to a woman, Pipee, who is the complete opposite of Astha, someone determined to break free from the social construct of what a woman should b The book’s premise starts off describing the idealistic values of love experienced by the main character.


Yes, she writes well about sex – references to fluids and erections are chucked in with a directness that borders on defiance – but so many other authorial choices she makes would, you’d think, work against her.

Although the novel approaches the ‘woman-identified experience’ of which Rich writes, Rich also points toward the necessity of belonging to a lesbian community. Jan 28, Divya Chawla rated it it was ok. Then she is finally ‘set up’ with a man determined to marry her, a man in a better position than her own, and marry they do: Lesbian Writing from IndiaNew Delhi: In the early years of both lesbian movements and lesbian literary theory, a ‘lesbian’ was often considered to be a woman or a character whose main affectional and sexual desires were kpaur on other women.

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This is a magnetically alert, deeply readable novel, written with a profound intelligence and a deceptively light touch. Share your thoughts with other customers. In my own library at home in Spain there laid a novel written by an Indian woman writer that I had bought in Madrid one day, I had tried to read and then had left untouched but not forgotten on a shelf, its misteries still to be discovered.

She lives in New Delhi. That part dragged on beyond a Just finished the book. Feb 19, Gorab Jain rated it liked it Shelves: Let me first give a short account of the plot of the novel. She takes time to build characters,but does a good job of keeping the reader glued to the pages.