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. A Handful of Rice has 76 ratings and 9 reviews. DescriptionAn extremely fascinating work of art which is compulsively readable and gratif. A compulsively readable story of struggle for survival in a large modern city and how it demeans human life. Ravi, son of a peasant, joins in the general exodus.

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Megan Johnson rated it really liked it Jul 07, Max Han rated it liked it Aug 11, Ellora rated it liked it Jun 10, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This is an impressive story about an Indian family struggling to survive. To ask other readers questions about A Handful of Riceplease sign up. Orient Paperbacks- India – pages. It started off well I guess -?


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It is less compelling than the earlier book as a novel while managing the same concerned compassion. She is the best writer now writing who generally uses an Indian background. Melinda rated it really liked it Jun 11, 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.

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A normal low class family’s story set in the 80s. Her greatest asset is her language – virile, vibrant and vigorous – with the right choice and turn handgul words and expressions.


Why did colleges prescribe these books even-? A native of Mysore, India, Markandaya was a graduate of Madras University, and afterward published several short stories in Indian newspapers.

A Handful of Rice

Rukmani rated it did not like it Mar 06, 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.

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. Our protagonist doesn’t seem to be a guy to root for – but the author does do a good job or kamalq you empathize with him. Hardcoverpages.

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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.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Jordan Lopez rated it liked it Apr 10, Carole rated it really liked it Nov 29, By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Common terms and phrases Anita Desai Apu’s asked baby bangles began Big boots body Chapter child clothes course cried cripple crowd Damodar dark daughter decent Deepavali door eyes face father feel feet fell gaze George Town girl gone grew hands happened head hear heard household husband jack-fruit Jayamma jutka Kamala Markandaya Kannan keep Kumaran listened living look mango marriage matter memsahib mind months morning mother Nalini never night old man’s once pattani Puttanna Raju Ravi felt Ravi found Ravi knew Ravi thought Ravi’s rice rose round rupees sari seemed sherbet shoulder shouted silent 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.


Pseudonym used by Kamala Purnaiya Taylor, an Indian novelist and journalist.

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Poverty, illness, analphabetism, work, family love are the topic of the book. The ending is a bit chaotic, but the story is well worth the read anyway. A Handful of Rice Kamala Markandaya Orient Paperbacks- India – pages 0 Reviews A compulsively readable story of struggle for survival in a large modern city and how it demeans human life.

A Handful of Rice.

He markndaya in love with pretty Nalini, and marries her against all odds. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Kamala Markandaya, whose Nectar in a Sieve was a miniature epic about India’s poor, returns to the earlier concerns of that book in A Handful of Rice.

A Handful of Rice certainly makes an absorbing and enjoyable reading. Nov 14, Sauerkirsche rated it liked it Shelves: This is the first book I read by Markandaya.