Kapur`s ‘Difficult Daughters’, exposes the partition of India and the occurrence of the premarital affair through the experience of Virmati. She faces a lot of hurdles and occupied with unusual emotions.
A professor is a self-seeking man. Since he is bothered by an uneducated wife, he finds a soothing spouse. Kapur pictures the life of her mother in the character of Virmati. At the age of pursuing education, she agonizes. She conceives affection from her professor, Harish, a married man. The illegal love affair twisted the fate of the protagonist.
Her family scorned her for bearing a married man’s child. Her new family failed to acknowledge her. She felt insignificant there. After facing too many disregards, she lived in tranquillity with Harish. When she got a girl baby, Ida her family accepted her.
Kapur won Commonwealth Writer’s prize Eurasia in 1998 for this novel. She brings two similar frameworks in this novel. The struggle of the protagonist in achieving her dreams by opposing her family tradition and endeavour of India to attain their freedom. In the end, two attains freedom losing them.