M. Tamilselvi & Dr. V. Thillaikarasi (Assistant Professor) Thiruvalluvar Government Arts College, Rasipuram, Namakkal (Dt).
Kamala Markandaya, the great and gifted novelist, shows remarkable skill in portraying her
characters. She has deftly delineated fully developed and charming characters in all her
novels. Her characters are typical sons and daughters of the soil who undergo noticeable
changes with the change of place. Kamala Markandaya’s art of characterization evinces
development with the advancement of her career as a novelist. In her earlier novels, as in
Nectar in a Sieve and Some Inner Fury, her characters are depicter only from the outside and
she does not pry deeper and deeper into human heart and soul. In her later novels like
Possessionand A Handful of Rice she dexterously reveals her characters from the inside. In
these novels she employs stream of consciousness technique and she reveals to the readers
the psyche of her characters.