Nectar in a Sieve Questions and Answers
In Nectar in a Sieve, what secret involving Kunthi does Nathan reveal to Rukmani? What secret does Rukmani reveal in turn?
"Work without hope draws nectar in a sieve, and hope without an object cannot live." Can you give me specific events where Rukmani shows that it is impossible to succeed without having hope?
Explain who Kenny is, and what role he plays in Rukmani's life? Describe an effect nature has on the lives of the villagers?
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 one was killed?
Several times while in the city Rukmani refers to the stone goddess or god in the temple where she and Nathan are staying in Nectar in a Sieve. What might Markandaya be saying about the role of religion in the characters' lives?
Describe how Kamala Markandaya both draws upon and questions the cultural traditions of India in the early chapters of Nectar in a Sieve. Can you explain this in different words that I would understand? I'm not sure what the question is asking.
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?
Kennington and Rukmani discuss their approaches to suffering and injustice. Sum up each person’s opinions
What does Ruku see decorating the entrance in her new home when she first arrives with Nathan? In what conditions are the decorations? What might the conditions represent or symbolize?
In chapter 8 of Nectar in a Sieve, how does the tannery change the lives of the four women who met so long ago?
In Nectar in a Sieve, what activity does Rukmani first turn to in order to make money in the city, and what is ironic about this choice?
What is the sad irony in this sentence from Nectar in a Sieve? "When Kuti was gone - with bland indifference that mocked our loss - the abundant grain grew ripe".
In Kamala Markandaya's Nectar in a Sieve, several times Rukmani refers to the stone god and goddess in the temple. What might Markandaya be saying about the role of religion in the characters' lives?
"Conflicts arrive in this novel under many guises". Give examples to support this critical statement.
Well I haven't read the book and I heard that her husband died. How did Rukmanki's husband die in "Nectar in a Sieve"?
How does literature explore the struggles that individuals face in their search for identity and their place in society?
What effect does the change in tense in Chapter 15 produce in "Nectar in a Sieve"? What effect does the change in tense produce and why would the author choose to tell this part in present tense?
In Nectar in a Sieve, what are Rukmani and Nathan most surprised by when they approach the doctor who once employed their son, Murugan?
Analyze this quote from Nectar in a Sieve: "There was something in his voice, a pleading, a look on his face such as a dog has when you are about to kick it."
Opinions sought on Nectar in a Sieve as a summer reading book. My seventeen year old son's english department has assigned this book for summer reading. When I went to the book store to pick it up the clerk stated to me, "tell me this is not a summer reading book." I replied, "yes, why?". "Is it for your daughter?". "No, my son." "Oh, this is going to be TORTURE!". With that I began to read. I am currently 1/2 way through and I am extremely exhausted. I thought that summer reading was not only to expand horizons but to also be enjoyable and enriching. I can empathize with the character, but I feel as though this novel is more of a political paper. The events of the book and the actions of it's characters is appauling and I have no desire to expose my son to it. May be when he is older and more exposed to the world for what is truley out there, Ok, but as an impressionable young man I feel it is totally inappropriate. Anyone feel the same or am just too old fashioned.
How do I start off a 3 sentence paragraph that talks about how Rukmani changes in Nectar in a Sieve?
In Nectar in a Sieve, the new townspeople were from India, but spoke with an... intonation, accent or aesthetic accent
How are chapters 26/27 built - units, segments; how effective is the resolution, relations between the beginning and ending of the work?
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