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3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  916 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
When Shagun leaves Raman for another man, a bitter legal battle ensues. The custody of their two young children is thrown into question and Shagun must decide what price she will pay for freedom...
Paperback, 418 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Faber & Faber (first published 2010)
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Samrudhhi Deshmukh
Aug 24, 2014 Samrudhhi Deshmukh rated it really liked it
i want free download of custody novel
Apr 10, 2013 Indiabookstore rated it liked it
In ‘Custody’ Manju Kapur has tried to explore the finer nuances of a divorce – both pre and post. Not only are we taken through the journey of what leads up to one, but also the repercussions of this as well. The story takes us through the life of Raman, who works for ‘The Brand’, a leading soft drinks manufacturing company. He has this respectable job, gets paid handsomely, and leads a decently content life with his gorgeous wife Shagun, his smart teenager son Arjun and his adorable three year ...more
Sep 26, 2013 Kirti rated it really liked it
Protagonists: Shagun, the initially bored & later rather over-active wife; Raman, the hard-working corporate slave; Ashok, the ambitious boss and Ishita, the divorcee.
Set in the 90’s in Delhi, the story revolves around Raman & Shagun and their pursuit for seeking love and companionship. Married for over a decade; Shagun comes to terms with her suffocation and unexciting married life in the arms of her husband’s boss Ashok. Raman, the hard-working and rather unobservant husband realizes
Jul 28, 2013 Baljit rated it it was amazing
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I think this is the best of Kapur's novels so far. She explores very emotional topics with such fervour.

What does it mean to be a mother? Is a mother a bad mother if she chooses to seek her own happiness? Can a mother be replaced by a mother figure? Is a mother entitled to her children's love is she is physically separate from them?

Divorce is not uncommon in Asian society today, but in an Indian setting, seems more complicated by the roles of the extended family members- the in-laws with bitter
Feb 01, 2014 Praseeda rated it liked it
Want to read ..
Dawn Buffham-Bates
Sep 21, 2012 Dawn Buffham-Bates rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
The blurb leads you to think of Shagun as the victim, but like most women these days, sadly, she wants to have the whole chocolate cake to herself and remain a size 0. This is a woman who clearly wants the finer things in life, and then resents the life she allows to unfold, believing it is everybody else's fault but her own.

Her vindictive behaviour towards her husband, who has worked himself into the ground to give her what her family, his family, their culture and customs expects from a 'good'
Dec 21, 2012 Em rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who love moderately paced stories of ordinary people and family values
Manju Kapur never fails to amaze. With her pincer grasp of Indian values and emotions, she can spin realistic tales of the Indian family life. This story dealt with the trauma of divorce: two individuals who are divorced by their spouses without any pertinent reason, the male counterpart having two children who are the pawns of vicious custody battle, and the female counterpart divorced because of her infertility. They end up married to each other, but have to face the aftermath of the bitter cu ...more
Fab Librarian
Jan 13, 2013 Fab Librarian rated it liked it
As I really enjoyed Home by Manju Kapur I was really looking forward to reading this novel and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

Raman feels blessed with a very beautiful wife, Shagan, but that doesn’t stop him spending most of his time working and travelling. Then Ashok, Raman’s dynamic new boss, meets Shagan and decides he must have her as his wife, whatever the consequences. As Shagan and Raman both forge relationships with new partners, they find it impossible to reach agreement about the cust
Vaibhava Shri
Jul 31, 2016 Vaibhava Shri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is fiction that is impressive in its skill and heartrending in its honesty.
Manju Kapur's 'Custody' demands a sensitive reading and it offers readers with many important aspects of understanding how marital life in India is fast disintegrating and being shaped by extra marital affairs, materialistic pursuits, and so on. It also offers valuable insights into the vulnerability of children of broken marriages and new 'happily divorced and remarried' statuses of Indian couples.
This is not merel
Metaxa Cunningham
Aug 20, 2011 Metaxa Cunningham rated it really liked it
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Manju Kapur writes with honesty and emotion in her novel "Custody", a heart-wrenching tale of infidelity,divorce and broken hearts. Kapur explores the minds and hearts of the divorced couple Raman and Shagun, their future spouses and the traumatic effects of the complicated custody arrangement on the children, Arjun and Roohi.

Ashok Khanna is in love with Shagun from the moment he sees her. It would have been a fairytale romance except that Shagun is a married woman, married to Ashok's best emplo
I think it is the genius of a writer who picked up a difficult situation to talk about and then write about it in a way that I, who has read this book in 2016, feel that she wrote today and she wrote it because she was telling me something about the lives of the people in the book. I came to care about Roo and Arjun as though they were someone I knew, therein lies the genius of a writer.

That being said, I did feel that the author took a few shortcuts in the narration towards the end when she fe
-Bookish Gal-
Curiosity got the best of me when I decided to pick up this one. Sometimes books become the reason you watch a particular show/movie the other way around also holds true; precisely what made me wanna give this one a shot. 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. This one was clearly not for me as I couldn't connect to any of the characters otherwise familiar to ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Subha rated it it was ok
What I love about Manju Kapur is that the characters she weaves are so real. You can see them walking past you in the lanes of Karol Bagh, Delhi. Being a Delhi-ite, she makes me fondly remember good ol' delhi and the people.

Having said that I was left asking, is it so easy for a woman to fall for an extra marital affair, just because she is bored and the husband is busy? Is it so easy for her to leave behind her kids and go for a new life altogether?? Where does friends, hobbies, an alternate c
Renita D'Silva
Feb 29, 2016 Renita D'Silva rated it really liked it
Loved this beautifully observed story of a fractured family.
Oct 22, 2014 Noor rated it really liked it
The beauty of Kapur's writing lies in her spot-on expression of the emotions usually felt by middle class Indian families. The book keeps you riveted to the end with good characterisation and heavy drama.

Another strong point of Kapur's 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.

An enjoyable and interesting read.
Ankita Chatterjee
Feb 09, 2014 Ankita Chatterjee marked it as to-read
I want to read this book "Custody" full story. pls give a chance.
Dibyajyoti Sarma
Dec 04, 2014 Dibyajyoti Sarma rated it really liked it
The Manju Kapoor novel must have been very difficult to write. To juggle among so many characters, even the minor ones, with conflicting points of views, and then to present them unbiased as complex human beings, is a task indeed.

It is a monumental achievement. 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 basic story is simple. A Delhi couple separates after the beautiful wife falls
Elizabeth Mcnair
Nov 29, 2015 Elizabeth Mcnair rated it it was ok
This is the story of a couple in India getting a divorce and the custody battle that ensues for their children. The only part that kept me interested was understanding the culture-where west meets east, what is acceptable, what is not, and throwing in the mix of the arranged marriages.
Karthick Udaiyakumar
Apr 27, 2015 Karthick Udaiyakumar rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all
i was very happy after reading this book. this is my first book of " manju kapur " after reading this book i was feeling very satisfied. Good story with griping and perfect page turner i take hardly two days for finish this book. Story revolved around the theme of " Custody " as well as perfectly suitable for title of this book. Raman, Shagun , Ishita , Roohi, Arjun these are the characters involved in this story each and every character of described briefly and detailed. i really like the raman ...more
Jasmine Dayal
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. It outlines how the children and other related family gets affected by all of it and how these young children end up becoming mere pawns in the whole courtroom episode. The book deals with society's outlook towards an estranged couple and the kids specially. What I couldn't decipher was the role that a childless Ishita has to play in ...more
Jun 22, 2016 Sithu rated it liked it
ඉනදියානු රචකයින විසින රචිත ඉංගරීසි පොතවල දකිනන පුළුවන වෙන ඉතාම සරල ඉංගරීසි භාාෂාවෙන තමයි මේ පොත රචනා වෙලා තියෙනනෙ. ඒ නිසා කියවීම ඉතාම පහසුයි.
ඉනදීය පවුලක විසතෘතයි. පරමපරා 3ක පමණ එකට වාසය කරනවා. ඒ නිසා එක පරමපරාවක පවුලක සිදුවන වෙනසකම අපි හිතනවටත වඩා වැඩියෙන අනිත පරමපරා වලට බලපානවා. ඒ බලපෑම සියලල කතුවරිය මනාව විසතර කරනවා. ඇය යොදාගනනෙ හරිම සෞමය භාෂාවක. චේතන භගත ගේ පොත වල දකිනන ලැබෙන "සාමපරදායික හිනදි ෆිලම" ආකෘතියෙන යම තරමකට මේ පොතේ අනතරගතය වෙනස වෙනවා..
බටහිර රටවල දකනට ලැබෙනවාට වඩා "පවුල" කියන සංකලපය
Swagata Tarafdar
Recently, there was a news article in The Times of India regarding fighting of a divorced couple over the custody of their children. Such things have now become commonplace, with increasing number of broken marriages. How the children suffer in broken marriages? How they cope up with the fact of separation of their parents? These questions intrigued me, as I read the newspaper article. It was then that I decided to read this book.
The author, Manju Kapur, has dealt with a very sensitive subject d
Anoshi Jayasinghe
Jan 21, 2015 Anoshi Jayasinghe rated it it was amazing
good one
Meneesha Govender
Apr 10, 2012 Meneesha Govender rated it really liked it
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She has been described as the great chronicler of the modern Indian family. After reading two of her novels - Custody and The Immigrant - I was eager to meet Manju Kapur, who writes about very serious issues with deep understanding as well as wit and humour.
The award-winning author was in South Africa this month to promote her latest novel, Custody - a riveting story of how a loving family falls apart at the seams and all that is left is an emotional and spite-filled battle between the parents f
Uthaya Kuhaparan
Mar 10, 2015 Uthaya Kuhaparan rated it it was amazing
I personally like the writing of Ms.Kapur. her simple and creative writing goes long way. I started to watch the Tamil soap called Kalyanam muthal Kathal varai in one of the Tamil channels and inspired by the story, i had started to research about the routes. once i found out that that story is based on this book, i wanted to read. the way Kapur move the story is amazing. The description and theme along with the story telling techniques are amazing. i wanted to read more writing from this author ...more
Apr 12, 2015 Supriya rated it it was ok
A simple story written in a nice manner with the characters kept as realistic as possible. unlike the portrayal of them as extremely good or negative as is shown in the television adaptation of this novel by ekta kapoor. the characters are as real as possible with shades of good and bad. the feelings are portrayed well. but i felt the chemistry missing somewhere. it left me with an unsatisfied feeling as if the story is brought to an end abruptly.
A decent read about the repercussions of divorce when the children become pawns between the warring parents. Decently written, though cliched, was never boring yet not as thought provoking as it might have set out to be. Manju Kapur is an interesting writer of lives in North India - here Delhi, a life, a society,a community I have seen closely and understand well.
An obvious gaffe in the very beginning of the book is though the story starts off from the year 1998, it immediately mentions of the
Apurva Kulkarni
Nov 03, 2014 Apurva Kulkarni rated it it was amazing
The book has a fragrance of emotions and realities. Loved the way the author has put down the harsh realities of the Indian culture revolving around a broken marriage and the way it affects the families and moreover the children. The book explicitly describes the emotional trauma that the children go through when subjected to legal issues instead of love and care..
Jun 22, 2014 Shanu rated it liked it
short, straight forward
realistic characters with flaws and qualities. nothing is ever all black or all white.
love the message, liked the story (even if i have to admit, court case bored me)

didn't like the structure of the narration : going back and forth between dates.
didn't like the writing style : a bit sketch-ish.
Nov 04, 2012 Jayant rated it liked it
Readable story. Sad but not totally heart breaking. Characters remind us of stereotypes characters but author's balanced approach help us see various angles of the same stereo types. Light narrative, perhaps even verbose. The book could have been crisper and thus made shorter by perhaps 25% to 300 pages as compared to its 400 pages size. Marriage, divorce, remarriage, finding one's identity in the process the characters seems to be the broad theme and made out as decently as a light novel could. ...more
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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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