Kamala Markandaya's Nectar In A Sieve

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ABSTRACT The project titled Women: Precipitation of Industries, discusses the role played by women-oriented rural families based on Kamala Markandaya’s novel Nectar in a Sieve. The novel reads like a reminiscence of the protagonist Rukmani, from the beginning of her marriage to Nathan, right up o his demise. In 1919 Mahatma Gandhi was heard saying “To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny him the ordinary amenities of life is worse that starving the body; it is the starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.” Here Gandhi motions towards food being a basic necessity for all human life. The project shall portray just how much of a struggle that can be for most people surviving, not living in India. Markandaya portrays this as she writes, “There we were, the four of us, hysterical, released, rocking with laughter and gasping for breath which ran out as fast as we sucked it in. The hollow cheeks and bulging stomachs, the grotesque, jutting bones became matter for laughter already though…show more content…
Later she worked as a journalist and frequently published short stories in newspapers. Nectar in a Sieve was named Book-of-the-month Club Main selection and bestseller in the United States. Later the American Library Association named it a “notable book” in 1955. Nectar in a Sieve is a short novel, which for the western world is an introduction to rural India and the effects the British colonization has on its people. Since the novel was taught in a many American and British Universities this gave people the opportunity to witness the conflict between traditionally dictated moral orthodoxy and the country’s struggle with modernity. Poet Edwin Thumboo says of Markandaya, “ She handles character, dialogue and description with skill. All three are integrated, mutually supportive, so that the fiction is impressive, because it creates warm and pulsating individuals…” IMPACT OF THE INDIAN
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