[Reading] ➶ Possession ➽ Kamala Markandaya – Writerscompany.co.uk


Possession Caroline Thinks Valmiki Belongs To Her People Don T Easily Give Up What They Think Are Their Possessions The English Never Have Anasuya, An Indian Writer, Meets The Wilful Lady Caroline Bell At A Party And Is Soon Swept Away By The Manic Energy That Surrounds Her She Watches As Caroline Takes Charge Of Valmiki, A Humble Shepherd Boy Who Expresses Himself Through Painting, And Whisks Him Away From His Ragged Family In A Small South Indian Village To London, Introducing Him To Modernity, Luxury And High SocietyInitially Dependent On Caroline, Valmiki Becomes Increasingly Like Her, Learning The Ways Of The West Through Her Unorthodox Methods But He Is Also Unable To Sever All Connections With His Past As He Depends Equally On The Swamy, An Ascetic Who First Recognized His Talent As He Grows To Become His Own Person, One Who Sees The People And Things Around Him As His Possessions, Valmiki Questions Whether Caroline S Motives For Nurturing Him Are Purely Altruistic And Turns To The Swamy For AdviceAnasuya, Who Has Been A Mute Spectator To Caroline S Games And Machinations, Fears For Valmiki S Well Being As The Swamy And Caroline Head Towards An Inevitable Clash Of Egos, One That Is Sure To End In DestructionIn Possession Kamala Markandaya Deftly Explores The Ties That Bind Benefactor And Artist, Master And Disciple, Displaying The Ease With Which Boundaries Can Blur, Turning Patronage Into Possession



10 thoughts on “Possession

  1. says:

    Kamala Markandaya, sadly, has been a largely forgotten writer Born in Mysore, she wrote for an English audience Or should I say Western audience Most of her books cater to that eager West that was keen to knowabout an emerging, then exotic, post independence India Think villages, poverty, death, and dark, handsome men In Possession I found the pace of th


  2. says:

    Kamala Markandaya s writings have always intrigued me largely because of the times she lived in and the socio cultural themes they therefore brought out In this book, for instance, there were at least two themes I could make out The first is obvious enough, and also stems from the title a battle between the spiritual and the material The story begins with An


  3. says:

    Kamala Markandaya s book was study of human motivations and relationships between people from different cultures India and Great Britain and different economical and social statuses It was kind of interesting reading about duel between materialism and art The minus for me was one of main characters Anasuya She is narrator of the story She told the story as she w


  4. says:

    Written very grippingly.


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About the Author: Kamala Markandaya

Pseudonym used by Kamala Purnaiya Taylor, an Indian novelist and journalist A native of Mysore, India, Markandaya was a graduate of Madras University, and afterward 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 afterward.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.Kamala Markandaya belonged to that pioneering group of Indian women writers who made their mark not just through their subject matter, but also through their fluid, polished literary style Nectar in a Sieve was her first published work, and its depiction of rural India and the suffering of farmers made it popular in the West This was followed by other fiction that dramatized the Quit India movement in 1942, the clash between East and West and the tragedy that resulted from it, or the problems facing ordinary middle class Indians making a living, finding inner peace, coping with modern technology and its effects on the poor.