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Nectar in a Sieve

What is the meaning of the title Nectar in a Sieve?

Another interpretation of the title Nectar in a Sieve may be that in life much of what one values may sift away, yet there is still something left, some hope, for which one must continue to strive....

Latest answer posted March 9, 2017 6:04 pm UTC

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In Nectar in a Sieve, what secret involving Kunthi does Nathan reveal to Rukmani? What secret does Rukmani reveal in...

Nathan admits to Rukmani that he is the father of Kunthi's sons. She has been blackmailing him into giving her rice, threatening to tell Rukmani of his infidelity if he does not. Rukmani tells...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2009 1:23 pm UTC

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Explain who Kenny is, and what role he plays in Rukmani's life? Describe an effect nature has on the lives of the...

Kenny is presumably an English doctor. In the novel, he is Rukmani's benefactor, mentor, and friend. Not only does he help Rukmani with her infertility problem, but he also provides advice and...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2019 7:41 pm UTC

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How does Rukmani act toward the tannery in Chapter 4 of Nectar in a Sieve? What does she do?

Rukmani is at first curious as to what is going on when the men who build the tannery arrive. She is amazingly clearsighted, however, and once she sees the effect the tannery has on the village's...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2009 6:56 am UTC

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In "Nectar in a Sieve", what are all of Rukmani's sons names? Which one was the one that dies as an infant and which...

Rukmani has six sons. Arjun is the oldest, followed closely by Thambi. Both boys go to work in the tannery, but are fired when they are involved in the workers' movement. Unable to find other...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2008 2:58 am UTC

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Describe how Kamala Markandaya both draws upon and questions the cultural traditions of India in the early chapters...

Sometimes, an author will both draw upon and question certain traditions he/she is writing about; in this case, Markandaya is primarily interested in the cultural traditions of India. To 'draw...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2015 3:09 pm UTC

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"Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve, and hope without an object cannot live." Can you give me specific events...

One event that demonstrates the truth about the quote above is the birth of Rukmani's first son. Before this event, Rukmani had lamented her inability to bear sons for her husband, Nathan. After...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2017 2:20 pm UTC

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Several times while in the city Rukmani refers to the stone goddess or god in the temple where she and Nathan are...

In Kamala Markandaya’s novel Nectar in a Sieve, religion takes a definite back seat to secular human endeavors. Nature and human progress are the instruments of Rukmani and her family’s doom. The...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2015 4:12 am UTC

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What impact does the dowry have on social class?

A dowry is usually an accumulation of goods or money that a family must present to a potential husband in order to secure their daughter a good marriage. Poor families spent years saving these...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2019 9:23 pm UTC

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What is the effect of industrialization on this novel?

Western industrialists build a tannery in Rukmani's village, undermining their traditional culture and taking work away from the villagers. Their village becomes filled with smoke and noise, and...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2007 8:35 am UTC

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Rukmani describes her garden in vivid detail in the story. Why might she do this? What does this tell readers about...

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....

Latest answer posted January 28, 2019 10:47 pm UTC

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What does the nectar in a sieve suggest about hope and despair?

The title of this novel by Kamala Markandaya comes from a nineteenth-century poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which speaks specifically about hope. If you put nectar through a sieve, almost nothing...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2019 6:11 am UTC

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In Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya, what significance does a dowry play in a marriage?

The book "Nectar in a Sieve" takes place in India, where the practice of giving dowries is extremely common. A dowry, in Indian culture, is a sum of money attached to a woman of marrying age to be...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2019 5:26 pm UTC

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What are some of Rukmani's struggles in "Nectar in a Sieve"?

Rukmani, the main character goes through many struggles in this work, beginning with her marriage to a man from a lower social class than her family.Her first struggle is to get used to the idea of...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2008 10:01 pm UTC

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What does Ruku see decorating the entrance in her new home when she first arrives with Nathan? In what conditions are...

After getting hitched to Nathan, Rukmani enters the marital home, a humble mud hut whose doorway is adorned with a garland of mango leaves. According to local tradition, this is intended to...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2019 7:23 am UTC

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In Nectar in a Sieve, how was the family forced to adapt to the coming of the tannery?

To the quiet, unsophisticated lives of Nathan and Rukmani, the coming of the tannery to their small village has the impact of transforming their village into a small town and changing it utterly...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2011 8:00 pm UTC

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In Nectar in a Sieve, what are Rukmani and Nathan most surprised by when they approach the doctor who once employed...

When Nathan and Rukmani find out that their land will be sold to the tannery, they are shocked and dismayed. Without the land, they have nothing. They decide to go to the city and find help and...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019 10:06 am UTC

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In Nectar in a Sieve, how did the tannery factory change the face of Rukhami's small village?

To Hindus, the cow is a sacred animal, so they do not eat beef or touch any part of a slaughtered cow. This is an important consideration with regard to the tannery in the novel because it...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2011 6:31 am UTC

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What major historical event happened shortly before Kamala Markandaya wrote Nectar in a Sieve? Was it a) the Salt...

The correct answer to this question is "D) India's Independence." Let's examine why: Nectar in a Sieve was published in 1954 and, thus, was written by Kamala Markandaya in the time leading up to...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2017 3:01 am UTC

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Kennington and Rukmani discuss their approaches to suffering and injustice. Sum up each person’s opinions

Hello! You asked about 'Nectar In A Sieve' by Kamala Markandaya. Kennington is the English doctor who ministers to the people in Rukmani's village. Rukmani, the narrator and protagonist of the...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2015 3:11 pm UTC

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What does Nectar in a Sieve tell us about the caste system in India?

The caste system is presented in the story as an unavoidable feature of Indian social and cultural life. But it's one that people react to in different ways. For her part, Rukmani doesn't want her...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2019 1:20 pm UTC

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What conclusion can be drawn about Dr. Kenny's wife?

Kenny has effectively sacrificed his family life to work as a doctor in India. The emotional energy that he would normally expend on his nearest and dearest is instead transferred to the villagers...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2018 10:53 am UTC

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What is Rukmani’s family background? Why did she marry Nathan?

Rukmani grew up as the fourth and youngest daughter of a village headman. During her childhood years, her father had been a man of consequence and wealth. As a result of their father's position,...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2016 7:38 pm UTC

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In Nectar in a Sieve, how does Rukmani break from the conventions of her culture?

Rukmani possesses are very special skill---she knows how to write. Her father felt this was a very important tool for all his children. This skill has a "double-edge" throughout the novel. Rukmani...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2011 10:22 am UTC

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What does the family do to keep the land in Kamala Markandaya's novel Nectar in a Sieve?

In Kamala Markandaya's novel Nectar in a Sieve, just as it looked like their crops were recovering from being hit by a severe monsoon season, severe drought hit the land, halting all further...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2015 3:23 am UTC

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Describe the steps in the marriage process in Chapter 6 of "Nectar in a Sieve".

Indian girls at the time of the story were usually married by about the age of fourteen. To begin the process, the bride's parents would first have to choose a go-between, who would search for a...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2008 7:34 am UTC

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What is the role of the tannery in the novel?

I would like to add that the tannery is representative of two themes central to the novel - change and colonialism.The tannery completely changes the peasants' way of life. Until its coming they...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2007 1:51 pm UTC

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In "Nectar in a Sieve," what is the importance of social roles and their relation to Rukmani's marriage?

The setting if "Nectar in a Sieve" is important to the understanding to the story. India's caste system helped define people's roles in life. One could not break out of their caste....

Latest answer posted August 17, 2008 12:37 pm UTC

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What are some of the lessons learned by the main character in "Nectar in a Sieve"?

One lesson that Rukmani learns is how to adjust to her life of poverty with her new husband. Rukmani, married at 12 years old, without a dowry, is matched up with a very poor farmer. He is of a...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2008 4:41 am UTC

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Well I haven't read the book and I heard that her husband died. How did Rukmanki's husband die in "Nectar in a...

After many years of tirelessly battling to survive on rented land, Nathan and Rukmani learn that their farm is being sold. Having nowhere to go, they journey to the city in a desperate attempt to...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2008 3:30 am UTC

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In Kamala Markandaya's Nectar in a Sieve, several times Rukmani refers to the stone god and goddess in the temple....

Rukmani is the main character and narrator in Nectar in a Sieve. She is an Indian woman trained to be a compliant and devoted wife who was married at age 12 in an arranged ceremony to a complete...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2019 3:21 am UTC

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What is the sad irony in this sentence from Nectar in a Sieve? "When Kuti was gone - with bland indifference that...

Only a few weeks after Kuti dies, a victim of starvation, the grain finally grew ripe "with a bland indifference that mocked (Nathan's and Rukmani's) loss". It was an exceptionally good harvest,...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2009 1:44 pm UTC

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Why was it so important for Rukmani to have a son in "Nectar in a Sieve"?

In Indian culture, gender roles were strictly prescribed, especially in rural areas during the mid-1900s when the story took place. A woman's role was to take care of the house, raise the...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2008 4:21 pm UTC

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"Conflicts arrive in this novel under many guises". Give examples to support this critical statement.

Rukmani is the main character who experiences conflict in this novel through a variety of experiences. The changes that occur in the book present many challenging, tragic and sad circumstances to...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2009 7:32 am UTC

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What are Rukmani's sources of food and how do monsoons affect her?

In "Nectar in a Sieve", one of the major conflicts in the story is the theme of survival, both mentally and physically. For your question, I will speak about the mental challenges Rukmani...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2008 12:01 pm UTC

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In Nectar in a Sieve, what activity does Rukmani first turn to in order to make money in the city, and what is ironic...

The first thing Rukmani does in an attempt to make money in the city is to set herself up as a reader of letters. In most villages, where the majority of the population cannot read, there is...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2009 4:50 am UTC

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How does Ruku change throughout the novel?

In classic literary fashion, the changes that Rukmani (Ruku) go through throughout the novel are presented in broad sweeping images in the first few chapters, foreshadowing what will come. Ruku...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 3:03 am UTC

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Comment on the fusion of historical and personal in Nectar in a Sieve.

A highly important thing to remember alongside the incredibly personal and intimate vision of a Indian woman's life in this novel is the historical setting which forms a backdrop to the world of...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2012 1:46 pm UTC

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What does the brother say about their father being the headman in Nectar In A Sieve?

Rukmani's brother says that their father is "no longer of consequence," even though he is the village headman. He says, "There is the Collector, who comes to these villages once a year, and to...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2009 12:17 pm UTC

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What are some examples from the story of ways that love keep Rukmanis family together?

Rukmani doesn't allow the hardships in her life to destroy her. The love she has for her chidren, her friends, and her husband provide her with the strength to never wallow in self-pity. Rukmani...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2007 11:15 am UTC

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What effect does the change in tense in Chapter 15 produce in "Nectar in a Sieve"? What effect does the change in...

The bulk of the chapter is told in the past tense, and comes across as an incident being reported or a story being told. Even though Ruku, the narrator, describes the emotions she felt at the...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2008 7:03 am UTC

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Can anybody give me a summary about Chapters 25 through 30 in Nectar in a Sieve?

Nathan and Ruku awaken at the temple to find their money has been stolen. They leave in search of their son Murugan's home, but get lost in the city. A street urchin named Puli helps them find...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2009 3:09 am UTC

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Kenny had been gone from the village for many months. What was the purpose of his trip?

In the novel, Kennington or Kenny is an English doctor. He eases the suffering of Rukmani's mother on her deathbed and helps Rukmani with her infertility problems. As a result of Kenny's help,...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2015 9:01 pm UTC

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Describe Ruku as being the suitable character for the protagonist in "Nectar in a Seive"

The protagonist is the main character in a story. The plot revolves around the protagonist. In "Nectar in a Sieve" the story centers around Rukmani's life, so she is the main character,...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2008 4:07 am UTC

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What were the goals of the main character in Nectar in a Sieve? Were the goals met? 

The protagonist of this novel, Rukmani, has a number of goals at varying stages of her life, and I would argue that some of her goals are realized and some are not. After the birth of her daughter,...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020 5:19 pm UTC

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What happened to the small shops in Nectar in a Sieve?

When the men from the city came to the village with their families to build and work at the tannery, the small shops run by the villagers initially did very well. The newcomers had a lot of money,...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2010 12:23 pm UTC

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In Nectar in a Sieve, the new townspeople were from India, but spoke with an... intonation, accent or aesthetic accent

Rukmani says that the new townspeople, who "travelled more than a hundred miles to get (to the village)...spoke in our language, but with an intonation which made it difficult for us to understand...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2009 12:47 pm UTC

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Why does Ruku think it is not very lucky for a man to marry above himself in "Nectar in a Sieve"?

Ruku thinks it is not very lucky for a man to marry above himself because "if he does he gets a wife who is no help to him whatsoever, only an ornament". Traditionally, the higher a woman is in...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2009 1:40 pm UTC

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How do Nathan and Rumania spend most of their time?

Nathan works long hours toiling a small plot of land which doesn't belong to him. Nevertheless, as his wife, Rukmani, reflects, theirs was a life of peace and quiet; poverty did not disturb the...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2019 7:00 am UTC

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What are some of the main character's reactions to different cultures as they are revealed through "Nectar in a...

Well,by cultures,I assume you also mean their ways of lives.One culture that the main character Ruku, the protagonist from "Nectar in a Sieve", encounters that is truly different from...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2008 7:44 pm UTC

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