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Nectar in a Sieve
  • Author : Kamala Markandaya
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN : 9780451531728
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • The acclaimed million-copy bestselling novel about a woman’s struggle to find happiness in a changing India. Married as a child bride to a tenant farmer she had never met, Rukmani works side by side in the field with her husband to wrest a living from a land ravaged by droughts, monsoons, and insects. With remarkable fortitude and courage, she meets changing times and fights poverty and disaster. This beautiful and eloquent story tells of a simple peasant woman in a primitive village in India whose whole life is a gallant and persistent battle to care for those she loves—an unforgettable novel that “will wring your heart out” (Associated Press). Includes an Introduction by Indira Ganesan And an Afterword by Thrity Umrigar

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    Nectar in a Sieve
  • Author : Kamala Markandaya
  • Publisher : New Amer Library
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN : 0451168364
  • Reader Reviews : 12
  • Genre : Domestic fiction
  • Tells the story of India and its people through the experiences of one peasant family

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    Nectar in a Sieve
  • Author : Kamala Markandaya
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 1684220114
  • Reader Reviews : 12
  • Genre : Fiction
  • 2016 Reprint of 1954 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. The novel is set in India during a period of intense urban development and is the chronicle of the marriage between Rukmani, youngest daughter of a village headman, and Nathan, a tenant farmer. The story is told in the first person by Rukmani, beginning from her arranged marriage to Nathan at the age of 12 to his death many years later. "This beautiful and eloquent story tells of a simple peasant woman in a primitive village in India whose whole life is a gallant and persistent battle to care for those she loves-an unforgettable novel that "will wring your heart out" (Associated Press).

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    Nectar in a Sieve
  • Author : Kamala 1924- Markandaya
  • Publisher : Hassell Street Press
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN : 1014274168
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Books
  • This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

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    A Handful of Rice
  • Author : Kamala Markandaya
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN : UOM:39015066698278
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Criminals
  • "Kamala Markandaya, whose Nectar in a Sieve (1955) was a miniature epic about India's poor, returns to the earlier concerns of that book in A Handful of Rice. Ravi is a village son who has left his desolate, destitute home for the promise of the city. 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. By a chance misdeed, Ravi becomes acquainted with the tailor Apu and his family; Apu's daughter Nalini wins his heart and brings him from the streets into the already crowded household, first as Apu's apprentice, then his son-in-law. The author recreates the life of the respectable poor with moving fidelity as they face the problems of food, illness, unemployment. When Apu dies, the still rebellious but worn Ravi, now a father of three and head of the household, cannot keep his customers. After the death of his son, he reverts to the street, but Damodar now discards him as unfit for dangerous enterprises, and he ends storming the rice supplies with the mob. A portrait in poverty, which is part of the history of our times. It is less compelling than the earlier book as a novel while managing the same concerned compassion."--Kirkus

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    Guide, The (Modern Classics)
  • Author : R.K. Narayan
  • Publisher : Penguin Books India
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN : 9780143414988
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Books
  • ‘The best of R.K. Narayan’s enchanting novels’—The New Yorker Raju, a corrupt tourist guide, together with his lover, the dancer Rosie, leads a prosperous life before he is thrown into prison. After release he rests on the steps of an abandoned temple when a peasant passing by mistakes him for a holy man. Slowly, almost reluctantly, he begins to play the part, acting as a spiritual guide to the village community. Raju’s holiness is put to the test when a drought strikes the village, and he is asked to fast for twelve days to summon the rains. Set in Narayan’s fictional town, Malgudi, The Guide is the greatest of his comedies of self-deception. ‘A brilliant accomplishment … Narayan is the compassionate man who can write of human life as comedy’—The New York Times Book Review ‘Narayan is such a natural writer, so true to his experience and emotions’—V.S. Naipaul

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    Nectar in a Sieve and Related Readings
  • Author : Kamala Markandaya
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 0028179919
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  • Genre : Farm life
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    Nectar in a Sieve
  • Author : Kamala Purnaiya Taylor
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 196
  • ISBN : PSU:32239001539028
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  • Genre : Books
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    A Silence of Desire
  • Author : Kamala Markandaya
  • Publisher : Penguin Books India
  • Pages : 186
  • ISBN : 9780143102519
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  • Genre : Anglo-Indian fiction
  • He Was Not Himself Because His Wife Was Not Herself, Because In Marriage You Acted And Reacted One Upon The Other, However Much You Wished It Otherwise, And Whether You Wanted To Or No. Dandekar Is A Routine-Bound Government Clerk Who Is Able To Provide His Family With A Comfortable Life. But His Ordered Existence Is Thrown Off Course When, One Day, He Comes Home From Work To Find His Wife, Sarojini, Missing. On Her Return She Gives Him An Excuse For Her Disappearance Which He Realizes Is A Lie, Further Rousing His Suspicions. Doubt And Mistrust Plague Him And He Puts His Career In Jeopardy When He Begins To Trail Sarojini In The Hope That He Might Find Her With Another Man. But When He Stumbles Across The Truth He Gets More Than He Bargained For. In A Silence Of Desire Kamala Markandaya Explores The Tension Between The East And The West Between Superstition And Science, Faith And Reason, Tradition And Progress In A Profound Manner.

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    Small Remedies
  • Author : Shashi Deshpande
  • Publisher : Penguin Books India
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0140294872
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : India
  • Shashi Deshpande's latest novel explores the lives of two women, one obsessed with music and the other a passionate believer in Communism, who break away from their families to seek fulfilment in public life. Savitribai Indorekar, born into an orthodox Hindu family, elopes with her Muslim lover and accompanist, Ghulaam Saab, to pursue a career in music. Gentle, strong-willed Leela, on the other hand, gives her life to the Party, and to working with the factory workers of Bombay. Fifty years after these events have been set in motion, Madhu, Leela's niece, travels to Bhavanipur, Savitribai's home in her last years, to write a biography of Bai. Caught in her own despair over the loss of her only son. Madhu tries to make sense of the lives of Bai and those around her, and in doing so, seeks to find a way out of her own grief.

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    Thousand Pieces of Gold
  • Author : Ruthanne Lum McCunn
  • Publisher : Beacon Press
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN : 9780807093740
  • Reader Reviews : 16
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Lalu Nathoy's father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his "thousand pieces of gold," yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her. Polly, as Lalu is later called, is sold to a brothel, sold again to a slave merchant bound for America, auctioned to a saloonkeeper, and offered as a prize in a poker game. This biographical novel is the extraordinary story of one woman's fight for independence and dignity in the American West.

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    My Days
  • Author : R. K. Narayan
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Pages : 100
  • ISBN : 9780062307378
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Literary Criticism
  • "I am inclined to call this the last chapter, but how can an autobiography have a final chapter? At best, it can only be a penultimate one; nor can it be given a rounded-off conclusion, as is possible in a work of fiction." So begins the last chapter of My Days, the only memoir from R. K. Narayan, hailed as "India's most notable novelist and short-story writer" by the New York Times Book Review. In his usual winning, humorous style, R. K. Narayan shares his life story, beginning in his grandmother's garden in Madras with his ferocious pet peacock. As a young boy with no interest in school, he trains grasshoppers, scouts, and generally takes part in life's excitements. Against the advice of all, especially his commanding headmaster father, the dreaming Narayan takes to writing fiction, and one of his pieces is accepted by Punch magazine (his "first prestige publication"). Soon his life includes bumbling British diplomats, curious movie moguls, evasive Indian officials, eccentric journalists, and "the blind urge" to fall in love. R. K. Narayan's larger-than-life perception of the human comedy is at once acute and forgiving, and always true to it.

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    Kamala Markandaya
  • Author : Sham Kumari Wali
  • Publisher : Printwell Publishers Distributors
  • Pages : 156
  • ISBN : UOM:39015021715183
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  • Genre : India
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    Two Virgins
  • Author : Kamala Markandaya
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN : IND:30000047623198
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  • Genre : Fiction in English
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    Kamala Markandaya's Nectar in a Sieve
  • Author : Syed Zaheer Hasan Abidi
  • Publisher : Bareilly : Prakash Book Depot, 1976-77 [i.e. 1976]
  • Pages : 152
  • ISBN : UVA:X001501385
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : India
  • On an English novel by Kamala Markandaya, b. 1924, Indo-Anglian novelist.

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    Dark Holds No Terrors
  • Author : Shashi Deshpande
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN : 9789351181613
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  • Genre : Books
  • Why are you still alive-why didn't you die?' Years on, Sarita still remembers her mother's bitter words uttered when as a little girl she was unable to save her younger brother from drowning. Now, her mother is dead and Sarita returns to the family home, ostensibly to take care of her father, but in reality to escape the nightmarish brutality her husband inflicts on her every night. In the quiet of her old father's company Sarita reflects on the events of her life: her stultifying small town childhood, her domineering mother, her marriage to the charismatic young poet Mahohar.

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    Bombay Tiger
  • Author : Kamala Markandaya
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9788184751482
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • Kamala Markandaya, author of the classic Nectar in a Sieve, published ten novels in all, the last of which appeared in 1982. For the next two decades, till her death in 2004, she lived a life of near anonymity in the outskirts of London. But she hadn’t stopped writing; shortly after her death, her daughter discovered the finished typescript of a new, unpublished novel: The Catalyst: Alias, Bombay Tiger. Set in the 1980s, Bombay Tiger tells the story of Ganguli—mercurial and larger-than-life—who arrives in Bombay with little more than ruthless ambition, and becomes the city’s biggest industrialist. A Citizen Kane-like figure—destined to become one of the most memorable protagonists in Indian fiction—Ganguli is emblematic of a changing India, post the era of high socialism, beginning to be transformed by private enterprise. This sweeping novel, poignant and comic by turns, traces his dramatic rise and fall, his loves and losses, and his eventual redemption. Gloriously rich in incident and character and marked by Markandaya’s deep humanity, Bombay Tiger is the work of a major writer at the height of her powers.

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    A Doll's House
  • Author : Henrik Ibsen
  • Publisher : The Floating Press
  • Pages : 174
  • ISBN : 9781775412489
  • Reader Reviews : 15
  • Genre : Drama
  • When A Doll's House was first published in 1879 it created a sensation. The play follows the ordinary life of a housewife. Gradually the tensions within her marriage become clear and build to a final, stunning action. The play is widely studied because of its sharp critique of 19th century marriage norms, and its feminist tendencies.

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    Nectar in a Sieve
  • Author : Kamala Markandaya
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN : 1104843382
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Originally published: New York: J. Day Co., 1955.

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    The Ramayana
  • Author : R. K. Narayan
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 196
  • ISBN : 0143039679
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Poetry
  • The greatest Indian epic, one of the world's supreme masterpieces of storytelling A Penguin Classic A sweeping tale of abduction, battle, and courtship played out in a universe of deities and demons, The Ramayana is familiar to virtually every Indian. Although the Sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki around the fourth century BC, poets have produced countless versions in different languages. Here, drawing on the work of an eleventh-century poet called Kamban, Narayan employs the skills of a master novelist to re-create the excitement he found in the original. A luminous saga made accessible to new generations of readers, The Ramayana can be enjoyed for its spiritual wisdom, or as a thrilling tale of ancient conflict. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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    Kamala Markandaya
  • Author : Manmohan Krishna Bhatnagar
  • Publisher : Atlantic Publishers & Dist
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 8126901403
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  • Genre : Books
  • Indian English Literature Has Established Its Credentials All Over The World. Still Litterateurs In This Stream Have To Be Continuously Appraised And Evaluated And Key Issues Like The Impact Of Multiculturality And The Role Assigned To Women Have To Be Confronted And Analysed Threadbare Not Merely In Theory But Also Through The Elucidation Of Key Texts From This Perspective. The Present Volume Scrutinizes Kamala Markandaya S Corpus As Part Of This General Critical Endeavour.The Volume Comprises Scholarly Studies Of Nectar In A Sieve, Possession, A Handful Of Rice, A Silence Of Desire And Pleasure City, Besides Examining In Depth Kamala Markandaya S Rural Sensibility, The Silent Saga Of Suffering Chronicled In Her Novels, Her Philosophic Vision Of Life, Her Portrayal Of Social Tensions And Her Feminist Poetics, Taking A Holistic View Of Her Writings.An Indispensable Source Of Fresh And Innovative Insight Into The Making Of Markandaya S Craft Of Fiction. A Useful Supplement To The Existing Studies Of Her Novels. An Original Perspective On Life, Society, Values, Gender-Issues And Related Areas For Students, Teachers, Researchers Working In The Fields Of Literary Theory, Fiction Studies, Aesthetics, Culture, Philosophy And The Sociology Of Literature.

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    The Coffer Dams
  • Author : Kamala Markandaya
  • Publisher : Penguin Books India
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN : 0143102125
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  • Genre : British
  • The Coffer Dams Is An Absorbing Tale About Mechanical Strength And Spiritual Weakness, Physical Certainties And Moral Doubts. It Is Set In Modern India But The Conflict Of Values At Its Heart Is Universal John Masters Clinton, Founder And Head Of A Firm Of International Construction Engineers, Arrives In India To Build A Dam, Bringing With Him His Young Wife, Helen, And A Strong Team Of Aides And Skilled Men. They Are Faced With A Formidable Project, Which Involves Working In Daunting Mountain And Jungle Terrain, Within A Time Schedule Dictated By The Extreme Tropical Weather. Inevitable Setbacks Occur; Accidents And Friction Among The Mixed Labour Force Present Further Complications. But To Clinton The Building Of The Dam Is More Than A Challenge; It Is An Obsession Not, However, Shared By Helen. Appalled By Her Husband S Concern With Structures Rather Than With Men, She Turns To The Local Indian Tribesmen, Finding In Them The Human Values She Finds Lacking In The British Camp. With Relations Between The Clintons Becoming Increasingly Raw-Edged, The First Rains Fall And, As The Torrents Sweep The Valley And The Level Of The River Rises, So Does The Tension In The Beleaguered Camp. The Vital Question Looms: To Breach The Coffer Dams, Or Allow Them To Stand, Thereby Placing The Lives Of The Tribesmen In Jeopardy. It Is A Fundamental Question That Splits The Camp Exposing The Lingering Prejudices Of A Bygone Colonial Era. First Published In 1969, The Coffer Dams Is Vintage Kamala Markandaya, A Pioneer Who Influenced Many Indian Writers In English.

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    King of Lanka
  • Author : David Hair
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9788184756203
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • For four teenagers, the Ramayana is not just a tale. It is their fate! In every life they have ever lived, Vikram, Amanjit, Rasita and Deepika have been persecuted and killed by Ravindra, who aspires to the throne of Ravana the Demon-King. Now Rasita is a captive of Ravindra, and demonic beings thought to be mythical are rallying to him. His triumph seems inevitable. Vikram and Amanjit must rescue her. This time, failure is not an option. This time, if Ravindra wins, it will be forever. But slowly, pieces are falling into place. Why are they reliving the Ramayana? Who was Ravana? Where is the real Lanka? Age-old mysteries are uncovered and forgotten powers regained, as the quest to end the tyranny of Ravindra moves towards a finale that is as startling as it is electrifying.

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    The Coquette
  • Author : Hannah Webster Foster
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN : HARVARD:HWXSJT
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  • Genre : Books
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    A Study Guide for Kamala Taylor's "Nectar in a Sieve"
  • Author : Cengage Learning Gale
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 42
  • ISBN : 1375385089
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  • Genre : Study Aids
  • A Study Guide for Kamala Taylor's "Nectar in a Sieve," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

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    Roosevelt and the New Deal
  • Author : Adam Woog
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN : 1560063246
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  • Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Examines the policies and programs developed by Franklin Roosevelt to lead the country out of the Depression.

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    Woman-Nature Interface: An Ecofeminist Study
  • Author : Dipak Giri
  • Publisher : AABS Publishing House, Kolkata, India
  • Pages : 275
  • ISBN : 9789388963602
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • About the Author: Dipak Giri- M.A. (Double), B.Ed. - is a Ph. D. Research Scholar in Raiganj University, Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur (W.B.). He is working as an Assistant Teacher in Katamari High School (H.S.), Cooch Behar, West Bengal. He is an Academic Counsellor in Netaji Subhas Open University, Cooch Behar College Study Centre, Cooch Behar, West Bengal. He was formerly Part Time Lecturer in Cooch Behar College, Vivekananda College and Thakur Panchanan Mahila Mahavidyalaya, West Bengal and worked as a Guest Lecturer in Dewanhat College, West Bengal. Along with this book on Woman-Nature Interface, he has also edited nine books on Indian English Drama, Indian English Novel, Postcolonial English Literature, New Woman in Indian Literature, Indian Women Novelists in English, Homosexuality in Contemporary Indian Literature, Transgender in Indian Context, Mahesh Dattani and Indian Diaspora Literature. He is a well-known academician and has published many scholarly research articles in books and journals of both national and international repute. His area of studies includes Postcolonial Literature, Indian Writing in English, Dalit Literature, Feminism and Gender Studies. About the Book: This present volume of nineteen essays presents a critical insight into the works of many writers of repute. All essays are woman and ecocentric where both woman and ecology are critically discussed. Along with literary essays, the volume also presents essays on other disciplines of learning. Hopefully this volume would try to reach many unexplored areas of knowledge and serve larger sections of humanity.

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    I Will Send Rain
  • Author : Rae Meadows
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN : 9781627794268
  • Reader Reviews : 29
  • Genre : Fiction
  • "Annie Bell can't escape the dust. It's in her hair, covering the windowsills, coating the animals in the barn, in the corners of her children's dry, cracked lips. It's 1934 and the Bell farm in Mulehead, Oklahoma is struggling as the earliest storms of The Dust Bowl descend. All around them the wheat harvests are drying out and people are packing up their belongings as storms lay waste to the Great Plains. As the Bells wait for the rains to come, Annie and each member of her family are pulled in different directions. Annie's fragile young son, Fred, suffers from dust pneumonia; her headstrong daughter, Birdie, flush with first love, is choosing a dangerous path out of Mulehead; and Samuel, her husband, is plagued by disturbing dreams of rain. As Annie, desperate for an escape of her own, flirts with the affections of an unlikely admirer, she must choose who she is going to become."--Syndetics

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    Ecofeminist Philosophy
  • Author : Karen Warren
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Pages : 282
  • ISBN : 084769299X
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  • Genre : Nature
  • A philosophical exploration of the nature, scope, and significance of ecofeminist theory and practice. This book presents the key issues, concepts, and arguments which motivate and sustain ecofeminism from a western philosophical perspective.

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    The Golden Honeycomb
  • Author : Kamala Markandaya
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN : 9788184759945
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • Prince Rabi, the fiercely proud heir to the throne of Devapur, and Sophie, the headstrong daughter of the British Resident, have known each other from childhood. Growing up in a world fraught with political intrigue and divided loyalties, both were aware of the troubled alliance that existed between the British and the Indians—and of the boundary between them that they were forbidden to cross. But all this changes one night when, during the revelries of a village festival, the two find themselves passionately drawn to each other. Realizing what is at stake, the lovers dare to defy every rule of class and race—only to find themselves torn apart on the crossroads of desire and destiny. Panoramic in its sweep and intimate in its portrayal of human relationships, The Golden Honeycomb is an epic love story set against the splendour and turbulence of the British Raj and the growing struggle for Indian independence.

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    The Lowland
  • Author : Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Publisher : Random House India
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9788184004755
  • Reader Reviews : 111
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Two brothers bound by tragedy. A fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past. A country torn by revolution. A love that lasts long past death. This extraordinary, emotionally riveting new novel, set in India and America, expands the scope and range of one of our most beloved storytellers: the Pulitzer Prize-winning, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Interpreter of Maladies and Unaccustomed Earth. Born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan—charismatic and impulsive—finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement: he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America. But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family’s home, he comes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind—including those seared in the heart of his brother’s wife. Suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland is a masterly novel of fate and will, exile and return. Shifting among the points of view of a wide range of richly drawn characters, it is at once a page-turner and a work of great beauty and complex emotion; an engrossing family saga with very high stakes; and a story steeped in history that seamlessly spans generations and geographies. A tour de force and an instant classic, this is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers.

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    Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories
  • Author : Bonnie Jo Campbell
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9780393248463
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Fiction
  • “Bonnie Jo Campbell is a master of rural America’s postindustrial landscape.” —Boston Globe Named by the Guardian as one of our top ten writers of rural noir, Bonnie Jo Campbell is a keen observer of life and trouble in rural America, and her working-class protagonists can be at once vulnerable, wise, cruel, and funny. The strong but flawed women of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters must negotiate a sexually charged atmosphere as they love, honor, and betray one another against the backdrop of all the men in their world. Such richly fraught mother-daughter relationships can be lifelines, anchors, or they can sink a woman like a stone. In "My Dog Roscoe," a new bride becomes obsessed with the notion that her dead ex-boyfriend has returned to her in the form of a mongrel. In "Blood Work, 1999," a phlebotomist's desire to give away everything to the needy awakens her own sensuality. In "Home to Die," an abused woman takes revenge on her bedridden husband. In these fearless and darkly funny tales about women and those they love, Campbell’s spirited American voice is at its most powerful.

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    Two Virgins
  • Author : Kamala Markandaya
  • Publisher : Penguin Books India
  • Pages : 197
  • ISBN : 9780143102496
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  • Genre : Ambition
  • About the Book : - She tossed and turned, her body an alien creature full of strange, strong impulses beyond her control. Saroja lives in a village with her parents, aunt and beautiful elder sister Lalitha. Saroja s life is uncomplicated, and simple things give her joy like the birth of a calf or a taste of one of Chingleput s sweets. Lalitha, on the other hand, believes she is too good for the village. Ambitious and spoilt, she has dreams of being a movie star that are fulfilled when a film-maker casts her in his documentary on village life. Overnight Lalitha becomes the talk of the town; her latent sexuality manifests itself and she uses her elevated status to her advantage. Basking in Lalitha s reflected glory Saroja tries to imitate her womanly wiles, which results in confused ideas about sexuality and ambition. But when the family is faced with a scandal,Saroja emerges with a practical outlook on life. About the Author : - Kamala Markandaya (1924 2004) was born in Mysore. She studied history at Madras University and later worked for a small progressive magazine before moving to London in 1948 in pursuit of a career in journalism. There she began writing her novels; Nectar in a Sieve was the first of ten to be published in her lifetime. Nectar in a Sieve and A Handful of Rice continue to be taught in universities in India and abroad.

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    Five Famous Fairy Tales
  • Author : Michael West,D. K. Swan
  • Publisher : Longman Trade/Caroline House
  • Pages : 68
  • ISBN : 0582541476
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  • Genre : English language
  • The White Birds; The Fisherman and the Giant; The Glass Box; The Prince and his Servants; The Table, the Donkey and the Stick.

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    Bad Indians
  • Author : Deborah A. Miranda
  • Publisher : Heyday Books
  • Pages : 217
  • ISBN : 1597142018
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • This book leads readers through a troubled past using the authors family circle as a touch point and resource for discovery of much more. Personal and strong, these stories present an evocative new view of the shaping of California. and the role of the Mission period in the lives of all California Indians. The result is a work of literary art that is wise, angry, and playful all at once

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    Pleasure City
  • Author : Kamala Markandaya
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 380
  • ISBN : 9789351187448
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • An unlikely friendship helps create beauty and luxury in a coastal paradise. When British multinational AIDCORP lands a project to build a tourist complex—Shalimar—in a coastal village in south India, Mr Tully, one of the directors, arrives at the village to oversee the construction. There he meets Rikki, an orphaned fisher boy, and a deep and abiding friendship arises between the two, notwithstanding the gulf between their lives. The fisher community is torn when half the fishermen begin to work with the company, leaving the other half to suffer from a shrinking catch. Rikki must find a way to pay off his parents’ debt, but he cannot abandon his life near the sea. Thanks to his fluent English, learned from an old English couple who used to live in the village, he begins to work for Tully. Though they come from vastly different worlds, Tully and Rikki learn to accept and value each other: a human relationship forged from the shared human need for goodwill, affection and understanding. It is with the help of this alliance of mutual respect that Shalimar is successfully built, and Tully manages to restore Avalon, a mansion his grandfather built in the area. Pleasure City explores the issues of the interaction between East and West, native tradition and imported technology, in the context of the scientific and technical development of an India that is, well after Independence, racing ahead to forge its postcolonial identity. It is an identity that, like Shalimar, grows from collaboration between East and West, and mutual exchange of ideas and knowledge.

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    The Hungry Tide
  • Author : Amitav Ghosh
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9780547525204
  • Reader Reviews : 28
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Three lives collide on an island off India: “An engrossing tale of caste and culture… introduces readers to a little-known world.”—Entertainment Weekly Off the easternmost coast of India, in the Bay of Bengal, lies the immense labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans. For settlers here, life is extremely precarious. Attacks by tigers are common. Unrest and eviction are constant threats. At any moment, tidal floods may rise and surge over the land, leaving devastation in their wake. In this place of vengeful beauty, the lives of three people collide. Piya Roy is a marine biologist, of Indian descent but stubbornly American, in search of a rare, endangered river dolphin. Her journey begins with a disaster when she is thrown from a boat into crocodile-infested waters. Rescue comes in the form of a young, illiterate fisherman, Fokir. Although they have no language between them, they are powerfully drawn to each other, sharing an uncanny instinct for the ways of the sea. Piya engages Fokir to help with her research and finds a translator in Kanai Dutt, a businessman from Delhi whose idealistic aunt and uncle are longtime settlers in the Sundarbans. As the three launch into the elaborate backwaters, they are drawn unawares into the hidden undercurrents of this isolated world, where political turmoil exacts a personal toll as powerful as the ravaging tide. From the national bestselling author of Gun Island, The Hungry Tide was a winner of the Crossword Book Prize and a finalist for the Kiriyama Prize. “A great swirl of political, social, and environmental issues, presented through a story that’s full of romance, suspense, and poetry.”—The Washington Post “Masterful.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)