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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Sabrina rated it it was amazing Dec 05, A normal low class family’s story set in the 80s. 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.

Certainly makes absorbing and enjoyable reading, the author has captured the mores, the lingo obtaining in the streets and by lanes of India. The ending is a bit chaotic, but the story is roce worth the read anyway. 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.

Lists with This Book. Poverty, illness, analphabetism, work, family love are the topic of the book. May 05, Susan rated it it was amazing. Kamala Markandaya, whose Nectar in a Sieve was a miniature epic about Kamqla poor, returns to the earlier concerns of that book in A Handful of Rice.

Varun rated it really liked it Oct 27, Account Options Sign in. Indhumathi rated it liked it Feb 03, 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. 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.


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A Handful of Rice

The novel is, in a sense, a saga of the triumph of human spirit over poverty’s privations and predicaments. Known for 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 A native of Mysore, India, Markandaya was a graduate of Madras University, and afterward published several short stories in Indian newspapers.

Known for writing about culture clash betwe Pseudonym used by Kamala Purnaiya Taylor, an Indian novelist and journalist. Carole rated it really liked it Nov 29, Ellora rated it liked it Jun 10, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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 happened head hear heard household husband jack-fruit Jayamma jutka Kannan keep kind Marandaya 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 Ravi found Ravi knew Ravi thought Ravi’s rice rich rose rupees sari seemed sherbet shoulder shouted silence sleep smell soft 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.

When Riec dies, the still rebellious but worn Ravi, now a father of three and head of the household, cannot keep his customers. Charlotte Huyghe rated it it was ok Aug 25, Max Han rated it liked it Aug 11, No trivia or quizzes yet.


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Hardcoverpages. Thanks for telling us about the problem. He falls in love with pretty Nalini, and marries her against all odds. A handful of rice: Lobna rated it liked it Oct 02, Balavenise rated it it was amazing May 10, 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.

Aug 20, Adeline rated it liked it. Our protagonist doesn’t seem to be a kamaal to root for – but the author does do a good job or making off empathize with him.

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

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Trivia About A Handful of Rice. On the whole, a weird read. 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.

It is less compelling than the earlier book as a novel while managing the same concerned compassion. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Jul 26, Ride rated it liked it. Laura Latall rated it it was ok Jun 11, Pseudonym used by Kamala Purnaiya Taylor, an Indian novelist and journalist. A Handful of Rice certainly makes an absorbing and enjoyable reading.

Itay rated it liked it Mar 19, Madhubanti Bhattacharyya rated it it was ok Aug 11, Her greatest asset is her language – virile, vibrant and vigorous – with the right choice and turn of words and expressions.