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From to , she worked as a journalist and published some short stories in Indian magazines. She married an English journalist, Bertrand Taylor, and, in , emigrated to England, where she spent the rest of her life.

She achieved huge literary success with her first novel, Nectar In A Sieve , an international bestseller which was translated into several languages. Even today, it is taught in various American schools and universities. She went on to publish nine more novels, the last, Pleasure City, in It is a story, told with lyrical simplicity, of a family of Indian farmers, Rukmani and her husband. In spite of constant struggle, they share their happiness, however brief.

But when industrialisation invades their village - in the form of a tannery - it brings personal and social conflict, which is most poignantly exposed. And because it grew and flourished, it got the power that money brings, so that to attempt to withstand it was like trying to stop the onward rush of the great juggernaut. Similarly conflicting values dominate A Silence Of Desire , in which an office clerk is caught between the traditional and the modern, the eastern and the western, the spiritual and the material.

The cultural clash figures again in Possession , a novel set in pre-independence India and England. The Nowhere Man deals with the problems that face many immigrants - relationships with the British, parent-child conflict and racist violence. When Srinivas, after living for 30 years in England, is taunted by racist thugs with "Go back to your country," he is shocked.

Though Markandaya is often grouped with the three stalwarts, Mulk Raj Anand, RK Narayan and Raja Rao, she created, with her limpid style, a distinctive place for herself in modern Indo-British fiction. Perhaps the most enduring quality of her novels is her passionate portrayal of Indianness and a profound sympathy.

Though she lived most of her life in London, she was never alienated from her Indian roots; though she shunned literary limelight, her humanity and vision was widely admired. Her characters are all ordinary people. Her husband died in



Goltilmaran Thanks for post this helpful post — Please visit for More information about: But when industrialisation invades their village — in the form of a tannery — it brings personal and social conflict, which is most poignantly exposed. Paste the link into your website, email, or any other HTML document. Towards the end of A Silence of Desire there occurs a suggestion in an encounter between Sarojini and Dandekar, the husband and wife, of a theme which clearly much engages Markandaya. Novel, an invented prose narrative of considerable length and a certain complexity that deals imaginatively with human experience, usually through a connected sequence of events involving a group of persons in a specific setting.


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