Experiences of Middle Class Indian Life and The Necessity of Marriage in Manju Kapur’s “Custody”
Keywords:Traditional; Modernity; Constraints; Gender Politics; Extramarital Relations.
The women of India have indeed achieved their success in half a century of independence, but if there is to be true female independence, much has to be done. A woman is presented in varied pictures not only now, but also in the past. Manju Kapur tries to bring out the complexity of life, different histories, cultures and different structures of values in her stories. She exposes the life of Metropolitan cities where people have become the victims of modernity. The female protagonists though educated, are caged in the patriarchal society. Their independent thinking becomes a barrier to their thoughts, emotions and expressions in the confined conservative society and hence they struggle between tradition and modernity. This paper tries to bring out the experiences of these middle class people and the effect of marriage and to where it leads them.
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