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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It is about those parts of us, as human beings, which are permanent and universal – love, hunger, lust, passion, ambition, sacrifice, death.

She is the best writer now writing who generally uses an Indian background. Be the first to discover new talent! No trivia or quizzes yet. Rukmani rated it did markadnaya like it Mar 06, Why did colleges prescribe these books even-? It started off well I guess -?


True to life, he must continue to deal with the temptation to return to his old ways, but also feels compelled to go forward for the sake of those he has come to care about. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Certainly makes absorbing and enjoyable reading, the author has captured the mores, the lingo obtaining in the streets and by lanes of India. P rated it really liked it Jan 18, And the story moves to a memorable and a haunting climax.

A Handful of Rice by Kamala Markandaya.


A Handful of Rice

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Lists with This Book. Want to Read saving…. On the whole, a weird read. The novel is, in a sense, a saga of the triumph of human spirit over poverty’s privations and predicaments.

There was a problem adding your email address. Poverty, illness, analphabetism, work, family love are the topic of the book. Balavenise rated it it was amazing May 10, Aug 20, Adeline rated it liked it.

A handful of rice: a novel – Kamala Markandaya – Google Books

Shweta Lasker rated it really liked it Nov 14, Jul 26, Paul rated it liked it. The ending is a bit lf, but the story is well worth the read anyway. Laura Latall rated it it was ok Jun 11, May 05, Jayachithra Subramanian rated it did not like it. A handful of rice: And then just got too dreary.

The author recreates the life of the respectable poor with moving fidelity as they face the problems of food, illness, unemployment. A portrait in poverty, which is part of the history of our times.

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. The ending is a bit chaotic, but the story is well worth This is the first book I ric by Markandaya.

Please provide an email address. 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 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 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.


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

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. This is the first book I read by 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.

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.