International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 1, Issue 7, Part D (2015)
The Disintegration of Family in Manju Kapur’s Custody
A. Muthu Meena Losini
Manju Kapur’s fifth novel Custody (2011) is largely set in the thriving, upper-middle-class colonies of Delhi in the mid -90s, against the backdrop of the initial surge of foreign investment in India. Kapur’s fiction reveals the unimagined uncertainties of matrimony. The wife’s sense of suffocation, the husband’s fear of loneliness and the constant shifting of the children, like commodities, from one home to the other, are evoked with painstaking sincerity. Although marriage is well- trodden territory for Kapur, here her possession of the subject is complete. Custody is a novel that is true to the universal angst of modern marriage with its burden of individualism. Custody by Manju Kapur is an excellent example of a broken marriage and its consequences on children who are played like pawns in a game of legal chess. The disintegrated family has separated or divorced parents where children under the pretence of legal rights and parental ego battles are shuttled between those two individuals, who in the very first place were supposed to give them a happy, carefree and contended childhood.
How to cite this article:
A. Muthu Meena Losini. The Disintegration of Family in Manju Kapur’s Custody. International Journal of Applied Research. 2015; 1(7): 201-203.