Nectar in a Sieve Part One, Chapters 2-4: Summary and Analysis

Kamala Markandaya

Part One, Chapters 2-4: Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Irawaddy (also known as Ira): Nathan and Rukmani’s first-born child and a girl of exceptional beauty.

Kennington (also known as Kenny): A white doctor who befriends Rukmani and her family.

Biswas: The village moneylender, described by Rukmani as oily and unpleasant in character.

Old Granny: An old vegetable lender who lives in the streets of the village.

Arjun, Thambi, Raja, and Selvam: The sons of Nathan and Rukmani.

Kannan the chakkli: A cobbler who lives in Rukmani’s town.

Summary
Rukmani, herself now pregnant, helps her neighbor Kunthi give birth to her first son, in spite of Kunthi’s...

(The entire section is 997 words.)