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Nectar In A Sieve By Kamala Markandaya

1871 words - 7 pages

The life of a tenant farmer is not an easy way to live. They some how are able to get by on what little they have. Things start to go bad when foreigners come and start to modernize their little village. They struggle at first but managed to adapt to the new. The author of Nectar in a Sieve Kamala Markandaya was influenced by her early life as a journalist, her homeland and the culture around her.

Kamala Markandaya was born in 1924 in the city of Mysore(Abdullah). She died at the age of eighty on May 2004 in her home out side of london, England(Sinclair). She was born into a high family which just mans they had more money and power than most people(Sinclair). So unlike most women in India she could attend school. Later in 1940 She went to the University of Madras(Abdullah). She study history there and had a job as a local journalist(Abdulla). After she graduated she became a full time journalist. She was a journalist for seven years and enjoy every minute of it(Assisi). She wrote short stories for the kids in the news as well(Assisi). This was the beginning of her author days and she loved writing for the little kids of India. At this point Kamala was just starting to get her name out there. Lots of people would know her writing mostly through her short stories that she wrote to the children. At the age of twenty five she settled in England in 1948 she found love and got married(Abdullah). She made England her adopted home but visited her homeland regularly(Sinclair). In 1954 she wrote the book Nectar in a sieve and it was her most popular book she wrote(Abdullah). Kamala got lots of fame and success with the book Nectar in a Sieve(Assisi). The book even became a bestseller here in the United States which granted her more fame(Assisi). With this accomplishment she was a pioneer for Indians writing in English(Sinclair). She also was a big influence on Indians writing in English( Assisi). During this time there wasn't many indian writers and not very many of them were well known. This wouldn't just affect the people who were Indian but also female writers of the time too. There couldn't have been mean female writers out there who were well know by lots of people but Kamala definitely was one of them. Her best seller Nectar in a Sieve would also show that women can write books just as good as men if not better. Thanks to Kamala and her book Nectar in a sieve there would be more indian writers and more female writers out there and she paved the way for them. Her homeland also influenced her writing.

The place where she grew up was Mysore and was known as the city of palaces, quaint charm that never fails to enchant(District Administration). Mysore has royal splendor throughout the city as well as the fabulous Dasara festival and it’s exquisite temples( District Administration). Having grown up in a big city it would have been easy to capture the hussel and bussel of the city. The two main characters end up going to a city and are...

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