by: Kamala Markandaya. Nectar in a Sieve is a novel by Kamala Markanday that was first published in Characters. Character List · Rukmani · Nathan. Read Nectar in a Sieve book reviews & author details and more at Kamala Markandaya is absolutely a brilliant story teller, Nectar in a sieve was. Nectar in a Sieve has ratings and reviews. Aditi said: “There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.” Leo T.
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With remarkable fortitude and courage, she meets changing times and fights poverty and disaster. This beautiful and eloquent story tells of a simple peasant woman in a primitive village Married as a child bride to a tenant farmer she never met, Rukmani works side by side in the field with her husband to wrest a living from a land ravaged by droughts, monsoons, and insects.
This beautiful and eloquent story tells of a simple peasant woman in a primitive village in India whose whole life is a gallant and persistent battle to care for those she loves—an unforgettable novel that “will wring your heart out” The Associated Press. Paperbackpages. Published by Signet first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Nectar in a Sieveplease sign up.
Laughter Kamala Markandaya didn’t really write a chickflick. Nectar in a Sieve is rather a critique of colonialism and its structures and effect on the …more Kamala Markandaya didn’t really write a chickflick. Nectar in a Sieve is rather a critique of colonialism and its structures and effect on the millions of India who had their lives drastically altered. It also examines relationships between women in a patriarchal society.
It is a fantastic read but should not be taken as a chickflick. Michelle Cabatingan it is a very moving piece. See 2 questions about Nectar in a Sieve…. Lists with This Book. This beautiful and eloquent story tells of a simple peasant woman in a primitive village in India whose whole life was a gallant and persistent battle to care for those she loved.
Married as a child bride to a tenant farmer she had never seen, she worked side by side in the field with her husband to wrest a living from land that was ravaged by droughts, monsoons, and insects. With remarkable fortitude and courage, she sought to meet changing times and fight poverty and disaster. She saw one of her infants die from starvation, her daughter become a prostitute, and her sons leave the land for jobs which she distrusted. And somehow, she survived Rukmani, a very young girl, is married off to a simple peasant, Nathan, from a village miles and miles away from the village where she was born, by her father, who is a reputed village headman.
Rukmani who came from a modest and affluent lifestyle is expected to follow with her newly married husband to his village and into his simple world with limited means.
Rukmani soon adjusts and adapts with her new lifestyle as a village farmer’s wife, by helping her husband in sowing the rice seeds, watering and other necessary farming activities while handling and managing the household singlehandedly. Unfortunately as time passes by, Rukmani is left childless as she is expected to give birth to a handful of sons who will finally help in the farming business alongside with her husband. As a result, Rukmani consults a Western doctor, Kenny, with modern world ideals, who finally helps her to give birth to a daughter and four sons.
Despite the increase of so many feeding mouths, Nathan and Rukmani somehow manages to feed their sons and daughter, give a fulfilling life, even they are challenged all the way with poverty, drought and flood, sacrifice their farm and fight lots of battles, and through out the whole journey, Rukmani stands tall and strong shoulder-to-shoulder with her husband until the very end.
There are so many stories that highlight an India’s life right after the independence but only a few stand out, just like, Nectar in a Sieve is one such ground breaking classic Indian literature that brings out the basic and simple life of a farmer somewhere rural in South India. Centralizing poverty as the main theme of the book, the author had depicted the life of a village woman despite whose sadness knew no limit, she had a fulfilling and satisfying family life with limited happiness and extreme challenges all through out her way.
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The author has made her readers feel nostalgia through the ka,ala of this compelling yet heart touching story of a woman as a little girl, as a daughter, as a wife, as a mother and as a friend as she survives her life alongside her husband and children.
The author has captured the backdrop of a post-Independent India strikingly as she gracefully painted the rough and brown yet dull landscape of an Indian village, lush with rice paddy fields and the blooming flora here and there, the dust from the red stone roads, the grayish river, the hard cracked soil, the mud huts, the narrow-minded and illiterate village folks, the superstitions, the child’s cry, the markanfaya food, and the sweat of the hard working villagers.
Each and every details about the background image will let the readers to time travel back and forth from that era to the modern times and that will force them to reflect back on the changes.
The author had also highlighted the socio political, cultural norms and beliefs followed back in that era which is in a stark contrast to present day’s rules and beliefs. The author’s writing style is extremely significant rich with emotions and wisdom embedded deep into the core of the story line. The readers, be them international or Indian, will find the book easy to comprehend with even the story is written by the author is a very simple and sievd to understand English language.
The narrative is heartfelt and articulate and the readers will find losing themselves into the sad undertone of the character’s voices. The pace if the book is swift and moderate even the story is rich with so many evocative descriptions that will help the readers to not only feel the story but also to visually imagine the scenes right before their eyes. The characters reflect the hardships toiled by the Indian farmers and their family through their honest and realistic demeanor strikingly.
The main character of Rukmani is pleasingly portrayed that the Indian readers can easily contemplated with her plain looks, not so sharp wit, an enduring and patient woman, a hard working mother, a loyal and devoted wife and an obedient daughter. Rukmani infers poignancy and sympathy through her painful markadaya of life in India, how motherhood and marital life changes the life of this once innocent and sweet little girl is equally heart breaking yet enlightening enough to keep the readers glued to the pages of this book till the very end.
In a nutshell, this is a must read Indian book that every Indian readers must not only possess in their bookshelves but must also possess in the very deep of their souls. Satisfying and poignant till the very end. View all 9 comments. Nov 24, Jeanette “Astute Crabbist” rated it liked it Shelves: Oh, man, talk about grimsville!! I think I’ll just run along now and lay my head on that old railroad track!
These characters are just born to suffer and endure and work their tails off and all for what? Nothing, because they get screwed every time they start to get some hope back. Screwed either by Mother Nature or by their fellow human beings.
Imagine seeing your child die from starvation and feeling relieved because you won’t have to watch him suffer anymore! Grimmest of ,arkandaya is that there are Oh, man, talk about grimsville!! Grimmest of all is that there are people all over the world right now living similar lives. View all 6 comments. May 29, booklady rated it really liked it Recommends it for: At its heart, Nectar in a Sieve is a story about suffering and our response to it.
The protagonist kanala an aging Indian woman looking back over her long life siebe reflecting on her fate as well as her choices. Much that happened to her, she had no say in. She was a child bride of an arranged marriage. In some respects, Providence was kind to her; in many others cruel.
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You need to experience it through her own sparse prose narrati At its heart, Nectar in a Sieve is a story about suffering and our response to it.
You need to experience it through her own sparse prose narrative. Although excellent, it contains many spoilers. Instead check out the historical context in the study guide here which will give you sufficient background to proceed well. Like all people who live off the land, it is a journey of ups and downs, joys and woes. What counts is to endure.
Near the end of the book when an Englishman who has helped Rukmani time and again chastises her for refusing to cry out in pain, hear her thoughts: As for our wants, they are many and unfilled, for who is so rich or compassionate to supply them? Want is our companion from birth to death, familiar as the seasons of the earth, varying only in degree. What profit to bewail that which has always been and cannot change?
Nectar in a Sieve is a haunting story of the sweetness of life running out as quickly as its title. Nov 16, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Beautiful and touching, Nectar in a Sieve follows a young Rukmani who is married to Nathan, a tenant farmer, when she is only twelve.
The marriage, of course, is arranged. The story focuses on the growth of her family and the struggles a tenant farmer and his family must face in a developing India.
I had one minor issue with this book The story should be depressing because the family has to scrape by to survive. And I mean really scrape by They lose children to death and circumstance.
They live through monsoon and drought while they work the land for thirty years. But because the book is only around pages, I felt like I did not get to know the characters as well as I would have liked. Their only daughter, for example, has a sad but fascinating story of her own, and I would have liked to see more of it.
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Several of her sons move away Of course, neither did Rukmani, which was perhaps common for a woman in her situation, but I wanted to know how their lives turned out. In any case, a story that should have been depressing was touching.
They never really had a break, but I felt like they were happy in their own way. They learned to accept their hardships and never lost sight of their humanity in spite of those hardships. Mostly, they took joy in loving and forgiving each other.
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Markxndaya prose is beautiful. And that is probably what made this novel for me. Some writers are gifted with language in a way that sings to you.