G. JYOTHI OLIVIA
DR. B. KARUNA
ACHARYA NAGARJUNA UNIVERSITY
Indian Women novelists have been portraying women in various manifestations. But recently, during the Post-Colonial period a remarkable and tremendous change has been brought by the great Indian women novelists such as Kamala Markandaya, Nayanthara Sehgal, Anitha Desai, Shashi Deshpande, Bharathi Mukherjee, Manju Kapur, Githa Hariharan and so on. They have portrayed the women characters as individuals who fight against suppression and oppression of women by the patriarchal society. They portray women as rebelling against the traditional role, breaking the shackles of exploitation and oppression, awakening with search for identity, to assert their individuality. Manju Kapur is one of the prominent new voices making her presence felt. Her novels speak about women’s frustration, refusals, retaliations, and their breach of conventional expectations. She raises the voice against male chauvinism to claim the rights of economic independence of women. The present paper explores the utmost excitement and anguish of the protagonist Virmati of Difficult Daughters in her quest for Self-Identity and Emancipation and protest against the blind dogmas of socio-cultural as well as patriarchal clutches guised as traditional customs.
Key Words: Self-Identity, Oppression, Emancipation, Exploitation.