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Volume 2 Issue 8

January 2016

The Novels of Kamala Markandaya: Reassessing the Feminine Identity with special reference to Nectar in a Sieve and A Silence of Desire
Dr. Shalini Sharma, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Lingaya’s University, 
Faridabad, Haryana, India
Abstract
In Indian Society woman finds herself in intolerable situations, a female child is supposed to be a liability rather than an asset. From the moment she takes birth, the only concern of her parents is to find a suitable husband to her and handover the responsibilities to him. And once the marriage is performed, the parents are relieved of their so called social responsibility. Now the bride has to make all adjustments to turn out to be a successful wife. She has to work like a puppet in order to make her so-called relatives or family members satisfied. In case she fails to do so, it is just her fault or fate. This problem is very realistically depicted by numerous writers in their writings. Woman has been the focus of many literary works down the centuries. Indian writers in English have also came out of their cocoons of ‘non-attachment’ and ‘non-involvement’ and have started acknowledging the status of the Indian woman in male dominated society. They have beautifully pictured the predicament of an Indian woman and their dilemmas. Among the eminent personalities and writers who have been fraught with compassionate feeling towards the Indian woman, Kamala Markandaya comes foremost. In Indian English literature, Kamala Markandaya has initiated the lead of woman’s transformation from ‘possession’ to ‘person’ through her writings. Woman occupies the central place in her novels. Most of her writings are the true depiction of a woman’s plight.
Keywords
Feminine Identity; Kamala Markandaya; Nectar in a Sieve; A Silence of Desire.
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