Manju Kapur (born Amritsar, India) is an Indian novelist. Her first novel, Difficult Daughters, won the 1999 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, best first book, Europe and South Asia.
She is married; they have three children and three grandchildren, and live in New Delhi.
Manju Kapur is a professor of English at Miranda House in Delhi. Having done her graduation from Miranda House, Manju did her MA in English from Dalhousie University in Canada and went on do her M Phil from Delhi University.
Her first novel, Difficult Daughters, received the Commonwealth Award for the Eurasian region. The book is set during India’s independence struggle and is partially based on the life of Kapur’s own mother, Virmati.
With several books to her credit, Manju is, these days, busy “struggling with a novel based in both India and Canada, tentatively called The Immigrant. It’s about an NRI marriage.” Happy that women’s writing has come of age in India, she says, “Women have a lot of things to say. But, unfortunately not much is given to them.
However, there is a lot of interest in what women have to say – and many, specially the regional women writers, write under tremendous personal pressure,” she says.