A Study of Kamala Markandaya’s. A Handful of Rice. Sylvia Fracht. Head Librarian. Herricks Junior High School. New Hyde Park, New York. SABINDRANATH. A HANDFUL OF RICE. AN INSIGHT lNT0 CONTEMPORARY ISXIS’I’ENCE. Kamala Markandaya in her fifth novel A Hundjiul oj’Rice, has once again dealt. Kamala Markandaya’s fifth novel A Handful of Rice which was published in is a realistic novel like Nectar in a Sieve. This is not a voluminous book.

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This was followed by other fiction that dramatized the Quit India movement inthe clash between East and West and the tragedy that resulted from it, or the problems facing ordinary middle-class Indians—making a living, finding inner peace, coping with modern technology and its effects on the poor.

A Handful of Rice

Why did colleges prescribe these books even-? Ravison of a peasant, joins in the general exodus to the city, and, floating through the indifferent streets, lands into the underworld of petty criminals. No trivia or quizzes yet. There he falls into the company of similarly rootless young men, presided over by the wily city boy, Damodar, who appears fitfully through the book as a seducer to criminal and get-rich-quick schemes which Damodar is clever enough to survive and thrive by.

P rated it really liked it Jan 18, The ending is a bit chaotic, but the story is well worth the read anyway. Hardcoverpages. May 05, Susan rated it it was amazing. The novel is, in a sense, a saga of the triumph of human spirit over poverty’s privations and predicaments. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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Account Options Sign in. The ending is a bit chaotic, but the story is well worth This is the first book I read by Markandaya.

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Lists with This Book. Aug 20, Adeline rated it liked it. Nov 14, Sauerkirsche rated it liked it Shelves: Nectar in a Sieve was her first published work, and its depiction of rural India and the suffering of farmers made it popular in the West. Chris Martin rated it really liked it Jan 05, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Known maroandaya writing about culture clash between Indian urban and rural societies, Markandaya’s first published novel, Nectar in a Sievewas a bestseller and cited as an American Library Association Notable Book in Varun rated it really liked it Oct 27, A handful of rice: Sabrina rated it it was amazing Dec 05, He falls in love with pretty Nalini, and marries her against all odds.

The novel depicts the hard struggle of life in a ;modern city and its demoralization. There was a problem adding your email address. Madhubanti Bhattacharyya rated it it was ok Aug 11, This is an impressive story about an Indian family struggling to survive.

A Handful of Rice by Kamala Markandaya

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Charlotte Huyghe rated it it was ok Aug 25, May 05, Jayachithra Subramanian rated it did not like it. Mrkandaya Kaur rated it really liked it Jan 06, After the death of his son, he reverts to the street, but Damodar now discards him as unfit for dangerous enterprises, and he ends storming the rice supplies with the mob.

Balavenise markanaya it it was amazing May 10, Poverty, illness, analphabetism, work, family love are the topic of the book. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Kamala Markandaya belonged to that pioneering group of Indian women writers who made their mark not just through their subject matter, but also through their fluid, polished literary style. Kamala Markandaya, whose Nectar in a Sieve was markkandaya miniature epic about India’s poor, returns to the earlier concerns of that book in A Handful of Rice.

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She tries to change his way of life but fate conspires against him.

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Pseudonym used by Kamala Purnaiya Taylor, an Indian novelist and journalist. Allerdings kann es nicht mit Das Gleichgewicht der Welt mithalten, welches ich vorher gelesen hatte. Laura Latall rated it it was ok Jun 11, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Megan Johnson rated it really liked it Jul 07, A Handful of Rice by Kamala Markandaya. By a chance misdeed, Ravi becomes acquainted with the tailor Apu and his family; Apu’s daughter Nalini wins his heart and brings him from the streets into the already crowded household, first as Apu’s apprentice, then his son-in-law.

After India declared its independence, Markandaya moved to Britain, though handfu still labeled herself an Indian expatriate long afterward. True to life, he must continue to deal with the temptation to return to his old hsndful, but also feels compelled to go forward for the sake of those he has come to care about. A portrait in poverty, which is part of the history of our times.

It is less compelling than the earlier book as a novel while managing the same concerned compassion. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Oct 01, Fadoua rated it really liked it Recommends it for: A native of Mysore, India, Markandaya was a graduate of Madras University, and afterward published several short stories in Indian newspapers.

Carole rated it really liked it Nov 29, She is the best writer now writing who generally uses an Indian background.