Priya, M (2014) Poverty and Hunger in Kamala Markandaya’s Nectar in a Sieve. An International, Peer-Reviewed, Open Access, Monthly, Online Journal of English Language and Literature, 1 (6). pp. 132-138. ISSN 2349-5650

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Standing as stalwart among other Diaspora writers, Kamala Markandaya (1924-2004) holds a unique virtue of narrative techniques and substance. Born in a small Indian village, she engraved herself as the chief exponent of capturing
the vibrant spirit and pathetic plights of the rural India through her excellent literary pieces. Having ten novels to her credit, Markandaya wrote many short stories and worked as journalist too. Among her ten novels, her first work Nectar in a Sieve (1954) turns out to be the master piece and the best-selling novel bringing her $100,000 as compliment. The novel primly focuses on the demoralizations and deaths caused by poverty and hunger. The family of Nathan and Rukmani is a simple and a peaceful household representing the rural Indian peasant community. Smooth
course of life is destroyed by natural calamities as well as by the industrial exploitations; the family has not only lost its land but also its members due ton hunger. Knowing nothing to do, Nathan and Rukmani reach the city where they
become beggars and at last the extreme tiredness kills Nathan bringing Rukmani back to the village. Though the characters suffer unendingly, the novel ends with
the hope of survival as the characters interpret death as relief but not assuffering.

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