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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Rukmani rated it did not like it Mar 06, Known for writing about culture clash betwe Pseudonym used by Kamala Purnaiya Taylor, an Indian novelist and journalist. A Handful of Rice by Kamala Markandaya.

The novel is, in a sense, a saga of the triumph of human spirit over poverty’s privations and predicaments. Trivia About A Handful of Rice. Certainly makes absorbing and enjoyable reading, the author has captured the mores, the lingo obtaining in the streets and by lanes of India. 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.

I was struck markaandaya its careful building of the world as experienced by the main s, a perpetually down-on-his-luck and somewhat shady common man. She tries to change his mqrkandaya of life, but fate conspires against him Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is about those parts of us, as human beings, which are permanent and universal – love, hunger, lust, passion, ambition, sacrifice, death.


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A Handful of Rice 3. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Itay rated it liked it Mar 19, Jordan Lopez rated it liked it Apr 10, My library Help Advanced Book Search. Lobna rated it liked it Oct ricw, The ending is a bit chaotic, but the story is well worth the read anyway.

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Open Preview See a Problem? A native of Mysore, India, Markandaya was a graduate of Madras University, and afterward published several short stories in Indian newspapers.

P rated it really liked it Jan 18, Aug 20, Adeline rated it liked it. A portrait in poverty, which is part of the history of our times. A Handful of Rice. The ending is a ride chaotic, but the story is well worth This is the first book I read by Markandaya. Jul 26, Paul rated it liked it. Varun rated it really liked it Oct 27, 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 ksmala Rice.

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Melinda rated it really liked it Jun 11, Return to Book Page. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A Handful of Rice Kamalaa 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.

Poverty, illness, analphabetism, work, family love are the topic of the book. After India declared its independence, Markandaya moved to Britain, though she still labeled herself an Indian expatriate long afterward. Ellora rated it liked it Jun 10, Selected pages Title Page.


After the death of his son, he reverts to the street, but Damodar now discards him as unfit for markandzya enterprises, and he ends storming the rice supplies with the mob. He falls in love with pretty Nalini, and marries her against all odds. No trivia or quizzes yet. Why did colleges prescribe these books even-?

A Handful of Rice

Laura Latall rated it it was ok Jun 11, Be the first to discover new talent! It is less compelling than the earlier book as a novel kamalz managing the same concerned compassion. Ravi, son of a peasant, joins in the general exodus to the city, and, floating through the indifferent streets, lands into the underworld of petty criminals. This is an impressive story about an Indian family struggling to survive. Orient Paperbacks- India – pages. And the story moves to a memorable and a haunting climax.

A Handful of Rice certainly makes an absorbing and enjoyable reading. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Lamala used by Kamala Purnaiya Taylor, an Indian novelist and markanxaya.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Madhubanti Bhattacharyya rated it it was ok Aug 11, Lists with This Book. And then just got too dreary. On the whole, a weird read.