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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Lists with This Book. The novel depicts the hard struggle of life in a ;modern city and its demoralization.

The novel is, in a sense, a marjandaya of the triumph of human spirit over poverty’s privations and predicaments. It is less compelling than the earlier book as a novel while managing the same concerned compassion.

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. There was a problem adding your email address. Varun rated it really liked it Oct 27, Shweta Lasker rated it really liked it Nov 14, Carole rated it really liked it Nov 29, 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 handfil by.

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To ask other readers questions about A Handful of Riceplease sign up. Return to Book Page. Refresh and try again. After India declared its independence, Markandaya moved to Britain, though she still labeled herself an Indian expatriate long afterward.

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.


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True to life, he must continue to deal with the temptation to return x his old ways, marmandaya also feels compelled to go forward for the sake of those he has come to care about.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. A Handful of Rice by Kamala Markandaya. I was struck by its careful building of the world as experienced by the main character, a perpetually down-on-his-luck and somewhat shady common man. Kamala Markandaya, whose Nectar in a Kamalx was a miniature epic about India’s poor, returns to the earlier concerns of that book in A Handful of Rice.

Open Preview See a Problem? May 05, Susan rated it it was amazing. Mar,andaya 05, Jayachithra Subramanian rated it did not like it. Rukmani rated it did not like it Mar 06, The author recreates the life of the respectable poor with moving fidelity as they face the problems of food, illness, unemployment. Nov 14, Sauerkirsche rated it liked it Markamdaya Books mamala Kamala Markandaya. Lobna rated it liked it Oct 02, Common terms and phrases Apu’s asked baby began Big boots body child clothes coffee course cried cripple crowd Damodar dark decent Deepavali door eyes face father feel feet fell firewalkers gaze George Town girl gone grew hands roce head hear heard household husband jack-fruit Jayamma jutka Kannan keep kind Kumaran listened living look mango marriage married couples matter memsahib mind months morning mother Nalini never night nightwatchman old man’s once pattani Perhaps Puttanna Raju Ravi felt Markandxya found Ravi knew Ravi thought Ravi’s rice rich rose rupees sari seemed sherbet shoulder shouted silence sleep smell markandayya someone sometimes spoke stared stood stopped street suddenly tell Thangam there’s things thought Ravi told turned Varma village voice waiting walked wall watched wife woman women wondered workroom young.

On the whole, a weird read. The ending is a bit chaotic, but the story is well worth This is the first book I read by Markandaya. Allerdings kann es nicht mit Das Gleichgewicht der Welt mithalten, welches ich vorher gelesen hatte. Oct 01, Fadoua rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Our protagonist doesn’t seem to be a guy to root for – but the author does do a good job or making you empathize with him.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. From markanxaya the book. Her greatest asset is her language – virile, vibrant and vigorous – with the right choice and turn of words and expressions. This is the first book I read by Markandaya. A normal low class family’s story set in the 80s.

A Handful of Rice by Kamala Markandaya

A Handful of Rice certainly makes an absorbing and enjoyable reading. This was followed by other fiction that dramatized the Quit India movement in matkandaya, the 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.

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.

Poverty, illness, analphabetism, work, family love are the topic of the book. Harjit Kaur rated it really liked it Jan 06, Be the first to discover new talent!

The ending is a bit chaotic, but the story is well worth the read anyway. Nectar in a Sieve was her first published work, and x depiction of rural India and the suffering of farmers made it popular in the West.