THE BRITISH Library organised a video chat with Manju Kapur, the author of “Difficult Daughters”, “A Married Woman” and the recently published “Home”. The chat was organised at the State Bank of India Local Head Office on Saturday.
The chat focussed mostly on Kapur’s most-recent novel, “Home” which is a story about a middle class family in cloth business in Karol Bagh, New Delhi. With this material she has constructed quite a story of modern urban India.
The writer in her fine mild-mannered style emphasised comfort with the genre she writes in, specially the kind of lives she loves to weave her stories around.
Manju Kapur revealed that it took her full 10 years to compete this one and the novel underwent several changes during the decade.
She elaborated upon the depiction of people relationship and space sharing within the family and how social and financial status of each of the family member affects the whole joint family.
Gitanjali Nagu welcomed the participant members and Manju Kapur on behalf of the Bhopal British Library. The meeting was joined in from Bhopal by English literature professionals, academicians, translators and local publishers besides the Readers’ Club members from the library.
Officers from State Bank of India also took a lot of interest and graced the session. Members from British Council Library Delhi and British Library Chandigarh also participated in the chat.
Manju Kapur’s “Difficult Daughters” won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best First Book (Eurasia section) and her second novel “A Married Woman” was a bestseller in both India and the UK.
This was the second video chat in the series of three that British Library is organising in association with State Bank of India, LHO. The next video chat is planned with William Dalrymple on his book “The Last Mughal” in January next year.