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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Allerdings kann es nicht mit Das Gleichgewicht der Welt mithalten, welches ich vorher gelesen hatte. A native of Mysore, India, Markandaya was markaneaya graduate of Madras University, and afterward published several short stories in Indian newspapers. Lobna rated it liked it Oct 02, She tries to change his way of life but fate conspires against him.

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Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Oct 01, Fadoua rated it really liked it Recommends it for: And the story moves to a memorable and a haunting climax.

A Handful of Rice by Kamala Markandaya

She is the best writer now writing who generally uses an Indian background. No trivia or quizzes yet. May 05, Jayachithra Subramanian rated it did not like it.


Pseudonym used by Kamala Purnaiya Taylor, rrice Indian novelist and journalist. Trivia About 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.

A Handful of Rice

Chris Martin rated it really liked it Jan 05, Why did colleges prescribe these books even-? Madhubanti Bhattacharyya rated jarkandaya it was ok Aug 11, Books by Kamala Markandaya.

After India declared its independence, Markandaya moved to Britain, though she still labeled herself an Indian expatriate long afterward. Balavenise rated it it was amazing May 10, Charlotte Huyghe rated it it was ok Aug 25, And then just got too dreary.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Overwhelmed by the kamals around him, he gets a chance to change his fate. 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.


This is an impressive story about an Indian family struggling to survive. 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.

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Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Carole rated it really liked it Nov 29, Laura Latall rated it it was ok Jun 11, Poverty, illness, analphabetism, work, family love are the topic of the book. On the whole, a weird read. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.