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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book. A Married Woman by Manju Kapur. Astha has everything an educated, middle-class Delhi woman could ask for - a loving husband and affluent surroundings - and yet is consumed with a sense of dissatisfaction.
She begins an extra-marital affair with a younger woman, the widow of a political activist and jeopardizes everything. Get A Copy. Paperbacks. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up. To ask other readers questions about A Married Womanplease up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of A Married Woman. History tends to ignore or undervalue those who are nameless and do the chores. Grocery money is so not important.
In some ways, this is also true about books. We prefer to read novels with people doing things, discovering things, whacking things, screwing things.
Okay, maybe screwing people and not things, but you take my point. Conflict sells for a variety of reasons, yet we are missing something with conflict all the time. Ashta is making her way through life — a desire to be who she is, or to at the very least discover who she is — as well as to follow the traditional roles that are laid out for her. What happens are conflicts between duty and art, the survival of a marriage and the discovery of a new passion.
The book is quiet. In fact, it is hard at times to feel as if something more major must happen. There is something off about those diary entries.
Feb 19, Gorab rated it liked it Shelves: owned-paperbacksindianfamily-buddiesz The character portrayal of Astha with her mental turmoils and lead up to her marriage was also great. Even the relationships were etched nicely. The latter part felt rushed up without much impact.
Overall liked it okay, and would love to explore other works of this author. View 1 comment. May 22, Bhargavi Balachandran rated it liked it Shelves: fictionborrowed-bookseaswariread-inwomen-litcontemporary-indian-author. I remember a few bloggers reviewing Manju Kapur's books positively and had wanted to pick something up by her for the longest time. My library had a couple of books by her and for some strange reason I was attracted to this book.
Guess it had something to do with the fact that I was intrigued by the storyline- about a relationship an older woman has with a younger one and wanted to see how the subject's been handled by an Indian writer. Astha is a middle class woman ,who lives in Delhi with her hu I remember a few bloggers reviewing Manju Kapur's books positively and had wanted to pick something up by her for the longest time.
Astha is a middle class woman ,who lives in Delhi with her husband, two children and in-laws. She has everything a woman would need, but still has niggles of dissatisfaction bubbling in her. The story is really about how Astha changes from a unsure,college girl who has dreams of a mills and boons- type hero swooping in and carrying her away to a mature ,middle-aged woman who feels a little alienated in her marriage as time passes.
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. She takes time to build characters,but does a good job of keeping the reader glued to the s. I am sure a lot of people will relate to a lot of things Astha or her family goes through like how they struggle to buy their first house or what is perceived to be the role of a woman in a traditional Indian household.
The beginning of Astha's "rebellion" against conforming to the norm starts when she starts taking interest in conceiving a play about the Babri Masjid troubles. She meets like minded people and drifts off into the world of activism. Her family's attitude towards her activism enrages her all the more and she inadvertently falls in love with Pipee, an NGO worker. Their relationship has friendship as a base and deepens into something more as time passes. The rest of the story is about what happens to the relationship between Pipee and Astha and also how Astha manages a double life- the life of a lover of a woman and that of a married woman with kids and responsibilities.
The intimate scenes between Astha and Pipee have been handled very sensitively by Manju,so have the incidents surrounding the Babri Masjid demolition and riots. At times Pipee came across as an overly selfish, immature person. Hemant Astha's husband is portrayed realistically with many idiosyncrasies. Some might feel that Hemant's demands on his wife were excessively unrealistic,but I guess he represents how a lot of Indian men were like in the eighties.
The backdrop of political agitation imparts a bitter-sweet tinge to the main story. Manju switches from a third person narrative to a first person narrative where she captures Astha's take on the activism directly somewhere in the middle of the book. The abrupt change seemed a little weird and makes the narrative choppy. Overall, an okay read. Not brilliant,but entertaining and a thought-provoking piece of fiction. I recommend it people who like Indian writing. View all 7 comments. Aug 06, Cheshta Choudhury bookbeliever rated it really liked it.
Set during 's India mainly Delhi the story follows Astha through almost 20 years, from high-school, college, to married life. She has lived a life of an average Indian woman- studying till she can, having a couple of love interests during those years and then marrying a total stranger on the recommendation of her parents. Astha thinks she has achi Set during 's India mainly Delhi the story follows Astha through almost 20 years, from high-school, college, to married life.
Astha thinks she has achieved the pinnacle of happiness. But as her children grow up and the husband grows distant and disrespectful, she realises that she is not satisfied. She has devoted all her life being a good daughter, wife, and now mother but she realises that she is missing something Going into the book, I didn't expect too much, specially from Astha and Pipeelika's relationship and I was proven right.
It does a wonderful job of portraying various emotions an average Indian women trapped in a bad marriage goes through, but the relationship between the 2 women was not explored fully and I was not satisfied. That being said, if you choose to leave that side of the story, it has a lot to offer. Astha grows as a character, from being an extremely submissive wife to being able to voice and stand for her opinions sometimes.
A complete reversal would have been highly artificial.Married women Reading
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