After his death, Rukmani rashly promises Puli his health if he returns to the country with her, a promise Kenny and Selvam will help her keep. The other man looks appalled, but Rukmani just nods. When it came time for her to marry, many whispered that the marriage was beneath her, as her family had almost nothing left to give her for a dowry. She recalls doing her washing in the river near the hut using washing powder given to her by her mother. He does however sacrifice his life in order to help the people in India and essentially build a small hospital in Rukmani's village.
The Importance of Fertility Fertility is so precious to Rukmani that she takes risks to pursue it. These events create themes within the book. She learns through the novel not to be judgemental and to find what she really likes and wants and to also be more generous to the people around her. Ruku senses Kunthi is different and her unease around Kunthi foreshadows things to come. Kali and Janaki, two older and more experienced women, and Kunthi who is the same age as Ruku. During this time many traditional values had to be overturned by the people in order to keep up with the changing times.
Kunthi, a neighborhood wife who became a prostitute, spreads this rumor out of spite. She is placed in a world beyond her comprehension and control, with her honesty giving her true grace and humility. In quick succession, Rukmani bears five sons. Ruku enjoys going into the village and is becoming friendly with those who live there. An Indian woman has to abide be what the men say and basically allow him to run the show. They rest one night at a temple, where thieves steal their bundles and all their money.
They sell most of their possessions just to pay half of what they owe the landowner for their lease. Images of grains of rice, sprouting paddy, and the harvest represent life itself. We learn that her father taught all of his children to read and write. In their talk with our narrator, we finally learn her name is Rukmani. We just have to learn how to face these disasters in order to succeed and survive. By the end of this chapter, Rukmani has acclimated herself to life as a farmwife. Many farmers lost their land and many people died of starvation due to bad harvests and inflating prices on goods.
Markandaya writes the accounts of Rukmani so convincingly that Nectar in a Sieve reads more like an autobiographical description of her life rather than a work of fiction. Nate impregnated Kunthi twice yet Rumi took him back without a problem p. Gender roles and relations have always had an impact in societies. Upon discussion with another child's parents they choose who is going to get married to one another. Her mother laughs at this, but her older brother chides Rukmani, saying that headmen are now unimportant compared to the government tax collectors that visit once a year. Rukmani becomes very upset when she finds out it would be difficult for her to have children. One evening, Rukmani splurges on extra food and toys for Puli and her grandson.
Nathan, in turn, demurs modestly when Rukmani confronts him about why he never told her that this house was his own handiwork. The family must go hungry, barely eating at all. Only 12 on her wedding day, Ruku remembers feeling more afraid than overjoyed but hints that other nights of her married life were pleasant and sweet. Kali jokes that despite their young age both Kunthi and Ruku will be mothers soon. Troubled that she cannot produce a son for Nathan, Rukmani visits her ill mother and there meets Kenny, a foreign doctor. Her daughter chooses the degradation of prostitution over the degradation of starvation.
When she asks if he is happy with her, he always nods. Love Love is a significant theme in this novel as it can seen through families and romantc relationships. At the close of the chapter, Ruku recalls the plenty and hope of her first months of marriage. The novel is written in first person narrative. They say the same of Ruku but she feels that nowhere could one find a better husband. Distinguish among weathering, mass wasting, and erosion.
He helps them learn to break stones, and they come to rely on him. Encouraged, Rukmani plants a full vegetable garden, and the young family eats better than they ever have. Demonstrating both hope and compassion, Ira hastens to prepare a meal for Puli, and Selvam promises his mother they will manage. She begins to tell us her story. The first man reiterates that the tannery is not responsible and Rukmani can hope for no compensation. He us a very judgmental character that holds himself higher than the rest of the people in the village.
Before long, Rukmani comes to know all three. Rukmani tries to get work as a letter reader but earns only enough to buy rice cakes. At least for now, Ruku and Nathan seem to have a promising future. Her vegetables are a source of both food and beauty to Rukmani, and she compares their rounded shapes to fertile young women. Kunthi uses this as leverage over them until Rukmani learns the truth and forgives Nathan. The family soon resorts to eating roots and grass to stay alive.