A Light on the Struggling Lives in the Select Indian English Novels – A View


Dr. Jaganbabu K, Assistant Professor of English
College of Management, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, India.


English is a non-native language in India. But the language employs as a powerful medium of communication amongst the literates who belong to different regions across the country and it is kindling the awareness and gaining the western sciences through education. Many Indian writers attempt to express their strong feelings and emotions through their vernacular languages and at the same time, a few writers seek international acclaim or to bring out their essence of writings throughout the world. The writers who are choosing English as their medium of writing are called Indian Writing in English or broadly recognized as Indian English Writing. According to contemporary issues, writers are often changing their themes from time to time. The struggle between an individual and the society, conflict between the East and the West, multi-culturalism, social realism, gender issues, poverty, Diaspora writing, etc. are the themes majorly reflected in the writings. The present study focuses on two novels: “A Handful of Rice” by Kamala Markandaya and “Clear Light of Day” by Anita Desai. The novel, “A Handful of Rice” deals with the sufferings of protagonist who belongs to the deep root of fixed traditional village group and he wants to move to the money minded urban society. Hence, his life is full of miseries. Anita Desai’s “Clear Light of Day” revolves around the story of an Indian family which has been struggling due to the partition of the nation. The novel is moving with the adult characters and their lives throughout the novel.