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Novelist Manju Kapur, chronicler of the Indian middle class @ INDIA CLUB on 10th Oct

Dear Members & Friends of INDIA CLUB,

Novelist Manju Kapur will read from her books ‘Difficult Daughters’ and ‘Custody’. ‘Difficult Daughters’ received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book. The books are set against the backdrop of Indian society that is experiencing rapid change.

The time : pre-Partition Amritsar and Lahore. The protagonist, Virmati, a young woman born into an austere and high-minded upper class family, eager to be different from the women of the previous generation, and thirsty for higher education. The convention-twisting event - she falls in love with a Professor – a married older man.

Another time : post-economic liberalisation Delhi of the 1990s. The protagonists, hot-shot CEO Ashok Khanna; green-eyed beauty Shagun, mother to two lovely kids; mousy Ishita, the safety-seeker, who is forced into crafting a non-conventional life by cruel circumstances. Persistent old values collide with new aspirations and a decrepit judicial system exacerbates that clash.

Ms Kapur’s novels capture the disarray that the “middle class”, the upholder of any society’s value system, is thrown into when the “social norm” begins to change. Critics have billed her the Jane Austen of contemporary India for her perceptive and entertaining delineations of the Indian family. Her other novels are ‘A Married Woman’, ‘Home’ and ‘The Immigrant’. Ms Kapur taught English Literature at Miranda House, Delhi University and herself has an M.A. from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada and an M. Phil. from Delhi University.

Please RSVP by return email to enable us to make suitable arrangements. Feel free to circulate this to your friends. Event details :

Conversation with Manju Kapur

Thursday, 10th October 2013, registration at 6:30 p.m.

Singapore Swimming Club

45 Tanjong Rhu Rd, Singapore 436899

(next to The Waterside condominium)

Car Park
Paid parking within Club carpark

Attendance Fee
For INDIA CLUB members (including on-the-spot sign-ups) - free;

For students (with valid ID) - $15

For all others - $30 per person. Please bring cash or cheque.

Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.


Best regards

The Committee

Novelist Manju Kapoor

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