Can you please tell me how this ends? Hey Judy, Well the book is very, very different from the show. I don't watch the TV show but from what I've seen in promos I can tell that the TV show is only loosely inspired by the novel. Ishita in the book has some shades of grey and Shagun is not nearly as vile.

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Can you please tell me how this ends? Hey Judy, Well the book is very, very different from the show. I don't watch the TV show but from what I've seen in promos I can tell that the TV show is only loosely inspired by the novel. Ishita in the book has some shades of grey and Shagun is not nearly as vile. Read the book if you love the show and see how different they are : The ending in the book is actually vague and immaterial to the TV show's story-line.

Read the book, I think you'll like it. Good Review, i really want this book to read. Thank you so much for clarifying my doubts. I too have to admit, having read the book whilst keeping up with the series, I can't help but feel sorry for the TV portrayal of Ishita. Like you said she is "overly-perfect". It's unnerving. But the book had me gripped from start to finish. I really do admire her style of writing.

Thanks so much for your review. If not for its presence, i would never have added "Custody" into my book shelf. Hugsxxx judy :.

Thanks for the information you have given Custody is an interesting novel that I have ever read and it help me clear my doubts of this novel thanks again for nice book review. Post a comment. Raman and Shagun, a seeminly well-adjusted and happy couple and their two children Arjun, 10, and Roohi, 2, at the time of the divorce.

Raman- is an all-round good guy, he loves his wife and he loves his kids. Bright, with a promising future in a famous multinational company he is a good catch for Shagun. He loves his wife and clearly smitten and taken in by her good looks. He is a regular, guy-next-door sort of man, the kind of man who has a nice arranged marriage to a good-looking woman. Raman was a fairly likeable character and I did feel bad for him once his marriage ends. She is a negative-ish character, the one who stepped out on her husband and her marriage.

Shagun came across as a brash, spoilt and selfish person. Ashok Khanna- the other man! He is present quite a bit in the beginning of the book. He is suave, worldly and brilliant. Went to Ivy League schools and is a bit of a star in a corporate world- which basically translates to…of course, Shagun would fall for him. He was committed to Shagun and is really supportive of her divorce and helps out with the legal hassles. So I guess Shagun does end up someone just as selfish as her!

Arjun and Roohi- the pawns in the great divorce drama. Arjun is 10 when his parents split up and is affected deeply by the change in his family life. He stops going to school, because everyone in his school knows about the impending divorce. His grades begin to slip and he really misses his father, whom he is being kept away from. Roohi is raised by Raman and his new wife Ishita and grows to love Ishita as one would a real mother. Kind and compassionate, she has a broken marriage behind her and that makes her the person she is.

With her tragic past behind her, Ishita reinvents herself and her life and becomes a strong woman. Once she marries Raman, is when I had some problems with her character. She got too clingy with Roohi and caused a lot of strive in the already frail equation between Raman and Shagun. Apart from these principal characters, the book was full of various secondary characters that were well-etched out and memorable.

All her books are full of melancholy and tinged with heart-break and sadness. And I love it. This book was no different. It is basically a sad story about a divorce and its aftermath. To my non-Indian readers: Divorce was fairly uncommon in India in the past and even today there is a sort of social stigma attached to being a divorcee or coming from a broken home.

I liked the characters in the book, even though most of them are pretty unlikable and unremarkable but I guess that makes them real and possibly relatable.

A lot of my dislike stems from her being a mere vamp of a piece. She was written without any depth or great context or any understanding as to why she cheats on her doting husband. Ishita the one woman in the book that I found remotely likeable turns unrecognisable in the second half of the book.

Once she marries Raman, she turns all her energy into raising Roohi. She does so fearing that Roohi will stop loving her and love Shagun more. Ishita is also pretty vile to Arjun, who only sees his father during school holidays.

Her character goes from being mature and understanding to a neurotic mess. While I recommend her other books, Difficult Daughters and Home in particular, this one was a let-down.

Will you like it? If you like decent writing and books full of real characters and reading about a marriage falling apart, you might like this book.

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Custody by Manju Kapur – review

A marriage preceded or fractured by a heady, socially unacceptable romance has emerged time and again in Manju Kapur's fiction. It re-appears in her latest novel, Custody: here, the subject is matrimony at its most intolerable followed by the emotional fall-out of a break-up on one wealthy extended Delhi family. We are introduced to the central couple just as their troubles begin. Their relationship comes to a juddering end after Shagun, the beautiful wife of Raman as dull as she is pretty , falls for his far more charismatic boss and hot-shot sales executive, Ashok Khanna. The affair sparks the book's furious momentum as it follows them through separation, divorce, re-marriage Shagun to Ashok; Raman to the infertile Ishita and a crescendo of a custody battle in all its legal chicanery and psychological ugliness.


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Not only are we taken through the journey of what leads up to one, but also the repercussions of this as well. 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 old daughter, Roohi. Parellely, we are introduced to Ishita, who although not strikingly beautiful, is wise, kind and generous. Raman, like a dedicated employee, gets completely absorbed in his work and starts spending even less time with his family. Shagun, after leading a happily married life so far, decides that she is bored of being just a house-wife and now wants to start working. For Ashok, it is love-at-first-sight.

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