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Kamala Markandaya (1924 – 16 May 2004) was a pseudonym used by Kamala Purnaiya Taylor, an Indian novelist and journalist. A native of Mysore, India, Markandaya was a graduate of Madras University, and afterwards published several short stories in Indian newspapers. After India declared its independence, Markandaya moved to Britain, though she still labeled herself an Indian expatriate long afterwards.
Known for writing about culture clash between Indian urban and rural societies, Markandaya's first published novel, Nectar in a Sieve, was a bestseller and cited as an American Library Association Notable Book in 1955. Other novels include Some Inner Fury (1955), A Silence of Desire (1960), Possession (1963), A Handful of Rice (1966), The Nowhere Man (1972), Two Virgins (1973), The Golden Honeycomb (1977), and Pleasure City (1982/1983).
Markandaya died 16 May 2004.
Bibliography in reverse order of date of publication
- Bombay Tiger (posthumous) 2008
- Shalimar (British ed. Pleasure City) 1982
- The Golden Honeycomb 1977
- Two Virgins 1973
- The Nowhere Man 1972
- The Coffer Dams 1969
- A Handful of Rice 1966
- Possession; a novel 1963
- A Silence of Desire 1960
- Some Inner Fury 1956
- Nectar in a Sieve 1955
- Almeida, Rochelle. Originality and Imitation: Indianness in the Novels of Kamala Markandaya. Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2000.
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