Rukmani describes her garden in vivid detail in the story. Why might she do this? What does this tell readers about how she feels about her garden, and about her character in general?

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Nectar in a Sieve is a novel written by Kamala Markandaya. It is narrated by Rukmani who tells us her life story through a series of flashbacks covering the most impactful parts of her life. Rukmani's story begins when, at twelve years old, she was given in marriage to a farmer named Nathan. The two eventually have one daughter and six sons. Much of the rest of the story covers their struggles living as farmers in poverty and the places that this life takes them.

Rukmani spends a lot of time telling us about her garden—and for good reason. She tends to her garden and helps it blossom through her hard work and dedication. Rukmani becomes very proud of her garden and the work that she put into it. Markandaya uses Rukmani's love for her garden as a metaphor for Rukmani's growth as a woman. Although she was scared when she first went to live with Nathan, Rukmani soon starts blossoming. The journey that Rukmani goes through with her garden is indicative of the journey she went through as a...

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