Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandeya | Select | Books |

Nectar In A Sieve tells the tales of joy and tragedy from a first person's view, in a period of intense urban development in the country. A fictional story that foretells the life of Rukmani, daughter of a village headman and her lover, Nathan, a tenant farmer, to whom she gets married at the age of 12. An English doctor by the name of Kenny also plays a major role in the story as he rids her of her infertility issues, after which she bears five sons.

Rukmani and Nathan also have a problem with debt. They sell most of their possessions in order to clear the dues they owe to the landowner, only to be able to clear only half of the full amount.

On the year of their marriage, monsoon rains down on the fields and they lose their crops, their only means of livelihood, leaving them to rely on their savings and wages. The savings don't hold up for long and they soon run out of their resources, bringing them a step closer towards famine and death. It's a heart wrenching tale of joy and sorrow.

This book was published by Signet Classic in 1954 and is available in paperback.

This Article is Posted on 22 Apr 2015 in Entertainment Section and Books