QUEST FOR HARMONY IN THE NOVELS OF KAMALA MARKANDYA

Indian novelists in English have either glorified and idealized their woman or have exposed their pathetic and pitiable plight. In the novels dealing with east-west encounters, they project the best of their cultural heritage, the quintessence of their Country’s transcendental traditional values, embodies in back drop, they are Damini armed with indomitable courage and unflinching determination. Women are often found trapped in a myth of the wife and mother or the animal: May be she had been an animal, only a nice obedient, domestic one, sitting on a cushion, doing as she was told. And in return she had been fed and sheltered. Kamla Purnaiya Taylor, who often writes under the pen name Kamala Markandaya, was born in Bar 1924. Her family was Brahmin, the highest caste in Hindu society. She was educated at the University of Madras, India and worked briefly for a weekly newspaper before emigrating to England in 1948. There is a husband with whom she lived today in London. They have one daughter. Markandaya has made England her home, but than also she has made many visits to prolific writer and has published fill today ten novels: Nectar in Sieve, 1954, Some Inner Fury (1955), A Silence of Desire (1960), Possession (1963). A Handful of Rice (1966), The Coffer Dames (1969), The Nowhere Man 1972, Two Virgins (1973), Golden Honey Comb (1977) and Pleasure City (1987).

She has written short stories and other miscellaneous articles also that have apparel in magazines and journals. He concern are largely sociology, her novels, therefore explore the issues regarding human relationship in term of the part played by the social, economic and political forces

Keywords: Quest and Harmony.

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