NECTAR IN A SIEVE
A CRITICAL STUDY
1. Life and Career of Kamala Markandaya
2. Critical Analysis of her Novels
3. Art & Genius – A General Estimate of Kamala Markandaya as a Novelist
4. Indianness of Kamala Markandaya
5. Special study on Nectar in a Sieve
Life and Career
Life and Career of Kamala Markandaya
A Great Woman Novelist
Indian women, writing novels in English came to their own only after World War II, and Kamala Markandaya is one of the greatest of these women novelists. She won international fame and recognition with the publication of her very first novel Nectar in a Sieve, 1954. She is still alive and working.
Birth, and Early Training
Markandaya is the pen-name of the novelist. Before marriage she was Kamala Puraniya, and she began using the pen-name ‘Markandaya’ when she took to writing. She was born in a well-to-do, rather orthodox, Brahmin family of Mysore, South India in 1924. Her father was a transport officer. Her father’s work, involving frequent transfers, meant an “intermittent and casual” education for her, but also free travel, not only in India, but in England and Europe. Mrs. Markandaya thinks that, “the role of observer which every traveler assumes is good training for any writer….. It makes… a good starting point, and I believe it was my starting point”. It was in this way that she acquired that understanding of man and his life, which stood in such good stead in her career as a novelist. As she belonged to “Westernized upper class”, she had a first hand knowledge of western ways and manners, and this knowledge is fully reflected...