Manju Kapur is the bestselling author of four novels, Difficult Daughters (winner of the Commonwealth Prize, Eurasia), A Married Woman and Home (shortlisted for the Hutch Crossword Prize for fiction), and The Immigrant (shortlisted for the DSC Prize). She lives in New Delhi.
Raman is a fast rising marketing executive at a global drinks company; Shagun is his extraordinarily beautiful wife. With his glittering future, her vivid beauty, and their two adorable children‰ÛÓeight year old Arjun who looks just like her and two year old Roohi who looks just like him‰ÛÓthe pair appear to have everything.
Then Shagun meets Raman‰۪s dynamic new boss Ashok and everything changes. Once lovers and companions, husband and wife become enemies locked in an ugly legal battle over their two children. Caught in their midst is the childless Ishita who is in love with the idea of motherhood.
Custody is the riveting story of how family-love can disintegrate into an obsession to possess children, body and soul, as well as a chilling critique of the Indian judicial system. Told with nuance, sympathy, and clear-sightedness, it confirms Manju Kapur‰۪s reputation as the great chronicler of the modern Indian family.