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A Married Woman

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Astha has everything an educated, middle-class Delhi woman could ask for - a loving husband and affluent surroundings - and yet is consumed with a sense of dissatisfaction. She begins an extra-marital affair with a younger woman, the widow of a political activist and jeopardizes everything.
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Published January 1st 2003 by Faber & Faber (first published January 1st 2002)
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Bhargavi Balachandran
I remember a few bloggers reviewing Manju Kapur's books positively and had wanted to pick something up by her for the longest time. My library had a couple of books by her and for some strange reason I was attracted to this book.Guess it had something to do with the fact that I was intrigued by the storyline- about a relationship an older woman has with a younger one and wanted to see how the subject's been handled by an Indian writer.

Astha is a middle class woman ,who lives in Delhi with her hu...more
Smitha
It was pretty disappointing. I had expected more from Manju Kapur. Its the story of Astha an ordinary middle class girl who has an 'arranged marriage' and then comes to know life is not a bed of roses. A few stereotypical issues are dealt with, with great bias. I am fed up that there should be lesbian sex in any book which vouches for woman uplifting. Can't women seem hep and forward and in control of their lives, without being lesbians or free-from-the-bond of marriage. I feel Astha has treated...more
Maia
I wanted to read this after having thoroughly enjoyed Kapu'rs latest, The Immigrant--a better, far superior novel. Still, I enjoyed A Married Woman, the story of what Kapur transmits as a tyical Indian 'middle class' (is there truly such a thing in India?!) woman, educated at the same Miranda House all-female college where Kapur herself was educated and has taught for years, from less than stellar circumstances: basically, an only child with apparently clueless parents whose need to marry her of...more
Roxana
A few months ago I had the privilege to meet this wonderful young girl who chose to be a missionary and help poor children in India. She told me about her trips and experiences there and I realized that to my shame I knew nothing about the reality of this large country. As a result of our meeting I became interested in knowing more and I found this book in my parents’ house in Romania about India and its spectacular economic boom. I am not sure it is the best book ever written about India but I...more
Ali
This is the third novel by this author I have read, and although quite readable, it is the one I liked least. Although I often felt sorry for Astha and came to dislike her husband, I just didn't come to care enough for the characters. It is a well written engrossing story - so I can't say I disliked it, it just left me a little cold. The majority of the book tells the story of Astha's marriage. Astha is dominated - to an extent - by her husband - she has more freedoms than many women - and in he...more
Zen Cho
Oyo! /o\ I took a relatively long time to finish this because I got so stressed about Astha's awful marriage. It was like the beginning of The Blue Castle where Valancy is having a hell of a time and you hate her family's guts because they are so horrible. At least Kapur had the kindness to end her book at the same time as Astha's relationship with Pip, rather than forcing us to live out Astha's long miserable life. I hope it gets better later. I hope she earns sufficient money from her painting...more
Pragya
It's a nice book dealing with controversial issues in a very sensitive manner & exploring the hidden power play between a married couple in the Indian context. I had a major issue with the plot though... One does not suddenly realize that they are bi- sexual or attracted to the same sex... The book no where explores with the protagonist's history of this realization ( The protagonist is a married woman here). Same sex attraction does not develop because of lack of affection at your home fron...more
Amruta Joshi
It super one..
The Books deals with various aspects of woman's Life related to Love Relations.The central character of Book is Astha.It protray's Astha's relationship with each male love interest at very stage life.she lives the as per wish of her parents n husband lifestyle.she is very content in her marriage.over a period she feels neglected by her husband.It also beautifully captures the issue related babri masjid.Aijaz character's introduces her to this issued n secularism.untimely death of a...more
Kate
I really enjoyed this book, however, it was a little sad. In 310 pages, you see Astha's life completely fall apart. She falls in love many times, but is disappointed in some way in all of them. The first one was just a crush, the second wasn't parent approved, the third lasted the longest but ultimately ended in unhappiness, and the fourth one wasn't necessarily society approved. Her relationship with Pipee was definitely the one filled with the most love, passion and desire, but because of wher...more
Olethros
-Costumbrismo exótico, sensible, casi contemporáneo y femenino.-

Género. Novela.

Lo que nos cuenta. Astha es hija única y sus padres se han volcado en su futuro desde sus propias perspectivas y anhelos fruto de su religión, entorno y clase social. Una serie de eventos personales en la vida Astha durante sus estudios universitarios provocan que la supervisión de sus progenitores se vuelva más férrea y que finalmente concierten su matrimonio con Hemant.

¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers?...more
Jyoti
Just finished the book. It started off on a realistic tone -- a teenage middle-class Indian girl dreaming of getting married to any boy who looks at her with any interest; then life of a married Indian woman who's trying to do justice to her roles as a wife/mother/professional and quite surprised when encounters admiration or disappointed at husband's lack of empathy for her interests; but then it goes on a tangent when she finds love in a new found girl friend. That part dragged on beyond a rea...more
Baljit
I enjoyed this book better now than when I read it ten years ago. I have read this writer's other novels- her theme centres on women and their conflicts.

The opening lines probably say it best:

'Astha was brought up properly as befits a woman, with large supplements if fear. One slip might find her alone, vulnerable and unprotected. The infinite eats in which she could be harmed were bit specified, but Astha absorbed them through her skin, and ever after was dream to the safe and secure.'
Rajnish Sharma
A poignant story of a married woman stranded at the crossroads of love between her family and Girl friend.Both are two different word in the same universe..where collision of both may trigger of far reaching consequences, tormenting all the life involved.Astha A married Woman bit confused but finely etched character which keep vacillating for Her duty, her love and her ideology . Very rarely character is portrayed , entrapped in the web of her sexuality.
A must read For Married woman
Subha
Finally a book of Manju Kapur that I did not really like. Somehow it did not go down well with me. On one hand the family is shown as a middle class family, but I could not digest a lot of expressions and happenings, it was anti-middle class. The story was not penetrating and I felt kinda cheated at the end of it. I felt asking for more.

But then again, it is the author's story. It is her fictional work. This is my take.
Bachyboy
Astha has everything an educated, middle class Delhi woman could want and yet she craves more than just being an obedient wife and mother. She begins a realtionship with a younger woman and her life takes a different turn. The ending of the book is what you might expect when she has to make a difficult choice. Good book in one of my favourite settings.
Tracy
Beautifully written story that details Astha's life as a daughter, wife, mother and lover...set in India throughout times of civil unrest. Challenges the reader to contemplate the nature of various relationships and issues of independence vs. control and how one woman struggles to achieve both.
Alexis
It started off exciting, intriguing... then nothing but disappointment. I did not even finish the book and I cannot remember the last time I did not finish a book.
Arshad Mahmood
Really good read. Depicts the struggle of asian women to stand up for themselves in the face of expectations from the husbands and the extended family.
Andria
I couldn't even finish this book. It had no drive........nothing really interesting going on. I tried my best.
Ankur Chawla
"awsome attempt to describe story of a typical middle/upper middle class indian women...nice story line..."
Munira
just finished reading the novel, its just ok, good time pass, but i wont recommend it to anyone
MANISHA
boring .unable to finish the book
Serwat
Jul 16, 2011 Serwat is currently reading it
Good read ..
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Manju Kapur is the author of four novels. Her first, Difficult Daughters, won the Commonwealth Prize for First Novels (Eurasia Section) and was a number one bestseller in India. Her second novel A Married Woman was called 'fluent and witty' in the Independent, while her third, Home, was described as 'glistening with detail and emotional acuity' in the Sunday Times. Her most recent novel, The Immig...more
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