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

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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 lower class than her family.  She is brought to a 2 room mud hut with no furniture by Nathan, her husband.

At first she resents this situation, but then learns how to appreciate what she has.  She becomes a very capable gardener. 

After Rukmani gives birth to her first child, a daughter, she is unable to conceive another child.  Desperate for a son, she learns how to trust a white doctor who helps her overcome her infertility.  As a result, she bears several children, all boys.

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