Raman is a fast rising marketing executive at a global drinks company; Shagun is his extraordinarily beautiful wife. With his glittering future, her vivid beauty, and. An unforgettable novel about what happens when a marriage collapses. Shagun is a woman of unassailable social standing, married to a man chosen for. aspects of Custody, like- marriage versus freedom, extramarital affairs, novel proves that Manju Kapur is a great chronicler of the modern Indian family Kapur‟s. Custody, wm-greece.info%20 wm-greece.info, accessed.
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Get this from a library! Custody.. [Manju Kapur] -- From the acclaimed author of A Married Woman and The Immigrant comes a moving family story set in India. PDF | On Oct 10, , Shruti Ganguly and others published Angst Of Modern Marriage In Manju Kapur's Custody. Read Custody by Manju Kapur for free with a 30 day free trial. Read unlimited* books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android.
At the beginning of the story we see him in his traditional role of father and husband; of the head of the family who goes out to the world to fight and make money for his family.
His professional career seems to have screened his familial life in the clouds of uncertainty. It made Shagun realize that there was nothing promising in this married life. When Shagun reaches her thirties, she again gets pregnant. I will be thirty. Always tied to a child, is that what you want? The collapse of marriage is explored in Custody from multiple angles making for a nuanced rendition of the situation.
From the beginning of the story one perceives that a marriage like this is bound to fail. With her husband going out of station most of the time, she comes closer to Ashok and their relationship grows to the extent that Shagun is ready to leave Raman to find happiness with Ashok. Raman works hard to give his wife and children a comfortable living.
She has all that a woman of her status craves for. And yet she is not satisfied. One day she tells her husband that she wants something else in life. From that point onwards he begins to suspect her activities. One day Raman tells her about the distance that causes him unhappiness.
How can you talk about my distance? Kapur has clearly exposed the marital discord in this materialistic world where children become victim and suffer to a great extent. The novel Custody also encapsulates how the children are socially affected by the divorce.
The novelist has shown not only the suffering of the children but also the changes that occur as the consequence of marital discord. According to Meera Shirwadkar: Children of divorce experience the loss of their identity as a member of an intact family, along with the loss of daily interaction with one of their parents.
They appear worst in terms of their psychological adjustment. Similarly, Roohi reflects the brokenness of the family in constant long wails during her sleep. Arjun shows his disgust feelings through poor performance in his studies, by being irregular to school, complaining about his leg hurts, ill health and by avoiding food.
Kapur states: Initially she gave the centre of attention when he came home. It makes Arjun uncomfortable. He feels disturbed when his mother talks to Ashok. His sister Roohi shows the classic signs of insecurity through thumb sucking, and bed wetting etc. Her marriage collapsed because she could not have children of her own.
Alladi Uma has observed: Marriage continues to have material, social and symbolic meanings and consequences which are asymmetrical in terms of their implications for females and males in at least three significant ways.
A single man or a man without children is seen as unfortunate, but a woman in a similar situation is inauspicious, possibly dangerous.
Ishita, as an Indian girl suffers multiple psychological tortures due to infertility. Frustrated on the failure of all her innumerous prayers, she hated this baby, which was incapable of living even for few months. Stress, which Mrs. Rajaro instructed as the enemy of pregnancy, now sat heavy upon Ishita.
It pressed her down to the ground. All she longed was for a very normal life of children, husband and happy elders. She enquired the purpose with her husband, who just merely grunted. But her disheartenment could not insist on an answer as she feared it would further make her miserable. Unable to face the truth she decided to wait in dark. Fortunately and finally she remarried Raman and rests her life by caring Raman and his two children Arjun and Roohi.
To sum, Kapur has vividly captures Marital discord and its concequences in these two novels. Like Jane Austen, Marriage is one of the most prominent themes in her novels.
She became apotheosis in her approach to marriage and marital discord. The novelist in these two novels, has caught the flux of a representative group of middle-class Indian women trapped in wed locks in different types of families.
Her thematic approach to marriage also reveales all possible reasons to marry through her protagonists. The roots of suffering and the concequences of marital discord are also varied in nature. In Custody, Shagun and Ishita both suffer for different reason - one for passion and the other for barrenness. The Second Sex. Pan Book, Hariharan, Gita. The Thousand Faces of Night. New Delhi: Penguine India, Kapur, Manju. A Married Woman. Indian Ink, Random House, Manohar, Dr. A study of Marriage, Career and Divorce.
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