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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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When Apu dies, the still rebellious but worn Ravi, now a father of three and head of the household, cannot keep his customers. The novel is, in a sense, a saga of the kama,a of human spirit over poverty’s privations and predicaments. May 05, Jayachithra Subramanian rated it did not like it.


Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. After India declared its independence, Markandaya moved to Britain, though she still labeled herself an Indian expatriate long afterward. Other Book Industry Professional.

Balavenise rated it it was amazing May 10, P rated it really liked it Jan 18, Max Han rated it liked it Aug 11, He falls in love with pretty Nalini, Madhubanti Bhattacharyya rated it it was ok Aug 11, Refresh and try again. Trivia About A Handful of Rice.

A Handful of Rice by Kamala Markandaya

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. 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. Nov 14, Sauerkirsche rated it liked it Shelves: There was a problem adding your email address. handdful


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Melinda rated it really liked it Jun 11, Pseudonym used by Kamala Purnaiya Taylor, an Indian novelist and journalist. The author recreates the life of the respectable poor with moving fidelity as they face the problems of food, illness, unemployment. Lobna rated it liked it Oct 02, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Shweta Lasker rated it really liked it Nov 14, Rukmani rated it did not like it Mar 06, 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.

He falls in love with pretty Nalini, and marries her against all odds. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Lists with This Book. Aug 20, Adeline rated it liked it. 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.

Ravi is a village son who has left his desolate, destitute home for the promise of the city. Known for writing about culture clash betwe Pseudonym used by Kamala Purnaiya Taylor, an Indian novelist and journalist. Jul 26, Paul rated it liked it. A compulsively readable story of struggle for survival in a large modern city and how it demeans human life. Hardcoverpages.

No marrkandaya or quizzes yet. Varun rated it really liked it Oct 27, Selected pages Title Page. Aditya Nagarajan rated it liked it Jan 06, A normal low class family’s story set in the 80s. The novel depicts the hard struggle of life in a ;modern city and its demoralization. Certainly makes absorbing and enjoyable reading, the author has kaamla the mores, the lingo obtaining in the streets and by lanes of India.


Laura Latall rated it it was ok Jun 11, 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.

bg And then just got too dreary. Books by Kamala Markandaya. This was followed by other fiction that dramatized the Quit India movement inthe clash between East and West and the tragedy that resulted from hzndful, or the problems facing ordinary middle-class Indians—making a living, finding inner peace, coping with modern technology and its effects on the poor.

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

Return to Book Page. Itay rated it liked it Mar 19, 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.