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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And then the quest of seeking divorce begins.

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. But Shagun neither cares ca for social propriety nor does she conce nceptualize family shame. All kaur adults seem to have forgotten about the child’s turmoil; and I think that cuxtody exactly what Kapur was trying to convey. Her protagonists struggle against st such social conventions and taboos of the tradittional society.

The truly pitiable fate of children in a divorce and in the ego and possessive obsessed parents is shown but not brought out as well as seen in reality. Another strong point of Cutsody narrative is that she neither idolises nor vilifies any of the characters- leaving the reader free to choose sides or more realistically come to the conclusion that human nature is necessarily coloured in shades of grey.

It is a battlefield of sorts that tears kpaur heart and soul apart because of it’s masterful narrative and honesty. Children are not possessions, they are human beings, fragile when it comes to their world’s being ripped apart by anger, jealousy, pain and ultimately revenge. Although the plot is very interesting and characters well etched, there are some lose ends that could have been tidied up manjju a believable impression with the readers.

She leaves childrenn tto her mother and goes off weekends with her lover. I hate families splitting due to no apparent reason at all.


Custody by Manju Kapur – review

And even toda day woman is heavily handicapped though her custosy is beginning to change. Raman re reacts violently as his male ego is hurt. What stands out particularly in this novel is his anguish and anger at the betrayal he experiences at the hands of his worldly wife. Shagun wants to come out of the th protective environment of the peacefull ffamily set up.

It is a monumental achievement. How can I read the book? As the children’s lives are thrown into disarray, they are forced to negotiate and come to terms with their new circumstances with very little real support from the adults in their lives. Sha hagun revolted against the married life in oorder to win her love. Hence the protagonists in kapur’s no novels do not submit to the age-old traditions and an customs of patriarchal society. Nov 29, Elizabeth Mcnair rated it it was ok.

This particular edition I picked up from Random House India, has multiple pages turned upside down and put across in random order, such that I had to search for each individual page kspur a certain portion of the book. The story reiterates the fact that giving birth doesn’t make a mother, mnju a child manjj love does.

Manju Kapur – Wikipedia

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Manju Kapur explore ores the hollowness of modern life ucstody the th four adult characters: Raman, Shagun, n, Ashok Khanna, and Ishita, a childless divor orcee and two children: What I couldn’t decipher was the role that a childless Ishita has to play in After reading the blurb and studying the cover, I felt the book was all about the legal drama that engulfs a family which decides to part ways for whatever reasons.

Kapur ur also depicts the lives of the urban middle class ass Indians who long for wealth, freedom an and prosperity. Her decision to write in the manner she does comes out of writing what she knows and is comfortable with.


The book deals with society’s outlook towards an estranged couple and the kids specially. It was an interesting book, up to a point.

Manju Kapur

This recurring theme -of what will people say, what will people think -an inherent feature of Asian societies everywhere. Judgemental In a country filled with people who love judging others and telling others how to live, Cusrody rails against such actions.

Topics Fiction The Observer. It a must read, I suggest you to read it once. It also offers valuable insights into the vulnerability of children of broken marriages and new ‘happily divorced and remarried’ statuses of Indian couples. Being a fan of the show inspired by this book I was excited and looking forward to this one and hence had decided to pick it up at leisure only for my expectations to go kaput. Raman is a fast rising marketing executive at a global drinks company; Shagun is his extraordinarily beautiful wife.

Without taking in to cons nsideration the children would be in,Shagun un rebels to fulfill her desires as she had been mu uch oppressed and suppressed in the patria riarchal set up since her childhood. Yet as you finish the book, you wonder if the second half of the book still needed some work, when the narrative goes to every direction, without warning. The author, Manju Kapur, has dealt with a very sensitive subject d Recently, there was a news article in The Times of India regarding fighting of a divorced couple over the custody of their children.

I received this book from the Goodreads First Reads program As a woman, having taught at a college for women and having three daughters, Kapur says she is privy to so many stories that involve women.