by Manju Kapur. An unforgettable novel about what happens when a marriage collapses. Shagun is a woman of unassailable social standing, married to a man . Custody has ratings and 72 reviews. Free Delivery if order value from the seller is greater than Used Book in good condition. No missing/ torn. A marriage preceded or fractured by a heady, socially unacceptable romance has emerged time and again in Manju Kapur’s fiction.
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Aug 24, Samrudhhi Deshmukh rated it really liked it. Sep 26, Kirti rated it really liked it. Raman, the hard-working and rather unobservant husband realizes Protagonists: And then the quest of seeking divorce begins. However, the twist in the tale occurs when the divorce is granted and custody of minor children needs to be settled. The mother; filled with new-found love and the want to marry the love of her life quickly agrees for part-custody of the children.
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Shifted from one house to another like pieces of furniture; their two children began their early life in turbulence. The defiant son is soon sent to boarding soon while the much younger daughter tries settles in with her father.
custoody In parallel, unravels the life of young Ishita born to typical middle-class East Delhi residing parents whose sole aim in life is to get their only child settled in matrimony. As kzpur, the demands for a grandchild mount upon the young couple. Fight for maternal love and jealousy surges in Ishita who cannot bear to part with her daughter and soon finds them fighting for full custody of the children. Each character is weaved so brilliantly that you will have empathy towards each of them.
Dealing with sensitive issues of infidelity and infertility, Manju Kapur artfully tackles the matter with her skillful writing.
Apr 10, Indiabookstore rated it liked it. Not only are we taken through the journey of what leads up to one, but also the repercussions of this as well. He has this respectable job, gets paid handsomely, and leads a decently content life with his gorgeous wife Shagun, his smart teenager son Arjun and his adorable three year old daughter, Roohi.
Parellely, we are introduced to Ishita, who although not strikingly beautiful, is wise, kind and generous. Raman, like a dedicated employee, gets completely absorbed in his work and starts spending even less time with his family. Shagun, after leading a happily married life so far, decides that she is bored of being just a house-wife and now wants to start working.
For the full review, visit IndiaBookStore. Jun 17, Baljit rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think this is the best of Kapur’s novels so far. She explores very emotional topics with such fervour. What does it mean to be a mother? Is a mother a bad mother if she chooses to seek her own happiness? Can a mother be replaced by a mother figure? Is a mother entitled to her children’s love is she is physically separate from them? Divorce is not uncommon in Asian society today, but in an Indian setting, seems more complicated by the roles of the extended family members- the in-laws with bitter I think this is the best of Kapur’s novels so far.
Divorce is not uncommon in Asian society today, but in an Indian setting, seems more complicated by the roles of the extended family members- the in-laws with bitter recriminations, the doting grandparents who are denied their weekly feeding sessions, the cousins who seem to be perfectly happy, the lawyer-relative who is caught between legalities and emotional outbursts All the adults seem to have forgotten about the child’s turmoil; and I think that was exactly what Kapur was trying to convey.
Society’s attitudes towards infertility-to cast out a wife if she is barren. The obsession with ensuring a lady is married and settled, as a yardstick to measure her happiness which filters down to parental coercion and feeling of low self-esteem. This recurring theme -of what will people say, what will people think -an inherent feature of Asian societies everywhere. It would be interesting if Kapur does a follow-up novel, focussing on the Roohi and Arjun, as they grow up and away from their divided family.
Feb 01, Praseeda rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 21, Dawn Bates rated it it was ok Shelves: The blurb leads you to think of Shagun as the victim, but like most women these days, sadly, she wants to have the whole chocolate cake to herself and remain a size 0.
This is a woman who clearly wants the finer things in life, and then resents the life she allows to unfold, believing it is everybody else’s fault but her own. Her vindictive behaviour towards her husband, who has worked himself into the ground to give her what her family, his family, their culture and customs expects from a ‘good’ The blurb leads you to think of Shagun as the victim, but like most women these days, sadly, she wants to have the whole chocolate cake to herself and remain a size 0.
Her vindictive behaviour towards her husband, who has worked himself into the ground to give her what her family, his family, their culture and customs expects from a ‘good’ man is not enough for her; proving my point that you can have all the material things in life you want, but if you do not love and care for each other with the small things, you are never going to be happy.
I really felt for Raman, and his new wife Ishita, as the actions of Shagun came more from acts of selfishness and manipulation, rather than love. The question on the front of the book ‘How far would you go to possess the one you love?
Custody by Manju Kapur – review
Children are not possessions, they are human beings, fragile when it comes to their world’s mannju ripped apart by anger, jealousy, pain and ultimately revenge. As adults in these situations, parents have to put their children first, but so many fail to do this. They dwell on their own feelings, instead of looking at the situation custidy the eyes of the child.
Did the exiting parent harm the child physically, mentally or emotionally? If not, then they should be allowed to see the exiting parent. When signs of harm or damage begin occur, then it is time to step in and have a mediation between both parents and a counsellor, possibly removing them from the situation.
But of course if the parents were not wise enough to have counselling before the break up then, the likelihood of it happening afterwards is nigh impossible.
This story shows all that vustody wrong with so many Eastern cultures when it comes to cultural pressures from the wider community, from the expectations forced upon both the man and the woman. It was an cushody book, up to a point. Disappointing in others, especially given the hype around it.
mabju But is that simply because I come from the West, a broken family and now live in the East? If you want something easy to read, a summary of some Eastern principles when it comes to marriage, then it’s worth a look, but I wouldn’t get too excited about it.
Apr 12, Metaxa Cunningham rated it really liked it Shelves: Manju Kapur writes with honesty and emotion in her novel “Custody”, a heart-wrenching tale of infidelity,divorce and broken hearts. Kapur explores the minds and hearts of the divorced couple Raman and Shagun, their future spouses and the traumatic majju of the complicated custody arrangement on the children, Arjun and Roohi.
Ashok Khanna is in love with Shagun from the moment he sees her. It would have been a fairytale romance except that Shagun is a married woman, married to Ashok’s best emplo Manju Kapur writes with honesty and emotion in her novel “Custody”, a heart-wrenching tale of infidelity,divorce and broken hearts.
It would have been a fairytale romance except that Shagun is a married woman, married to Ashok’s best employee and sales genius, Raman. Ashok is charming, handsome and wealthy; though Shagun leads a privileged life, she desires the excitement that Ashok promises. Once Raman discovers the affair, Shagun must decide whether or not to leave everything behind, including her two young children. Through familial intervention, Raman meets Ishita, who attempts to soothe Raman’s pain from his divorce as well as her own longing for a child.
A ready made family may seem ideal, but where there are children there are complications, and Raman’s kappur, Arjun proves to be difficult to love. Kapur writes a realistic portrayal of the effects of divorce on children, and examines the damage that parents can do kaput children when they are used to emotionally blackmail the former spouse.
She reveals the complex dance people do to settle custody disputes and what a person will do in order to fulfill their selfish desires. A very realistic and honest portayal of people trying to secure what the heart wants. I received this book from the Goodreads First Reads program Manju Kapur never fails to amaze.
With her pincer grasp of Indian values and emotions, she can spin realistic tales of custory Indian family life. This story dealt with the trauma of divorce: They end up married to each other, but have to face the aftermath of the bitter cu Manju Kapur never fails to amaze.
They end up married to each other, but have to face the aftermath of the bitter custody struggle for the man’s children, especially the innocent, withdrawn female child, Ruhi. I was drawn into the story and finished it almost in prolonged sittings, otherwise I would be obsessed by the characters and find it difficult to concentrate in my day to day life.
It was a worthwhile read, but not a happy one. It left me with a dull ache in my head as well as my kaupr. I hate families splitting due to no apparent reason at all. View all 3 comments.