Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya-Online Book Summary |
The drought continues and all around is death and suffering. Fights break out over the villageís last water supply. Finally, when all is dead and past recovery, the rain falls; even Ruku can find no joy.
This chapter begins the most trying period in Rukuís life - the drought and itís aftermath. With the loss of their yearís crop, Ruku and Nathan have no means to pay the rent. They take a gamble in selling all they have but to lose the land would be worse as they would have no hope of ever supporting themselves. The argument over selling the seed symbolizes the tough choices they must make - if the seed is gone they may save the land but risk having nothing to plant; if they save the seed they may lose the place to plant it.
Rukuís encounter with Biswas shows her quiet shrewdness and her ability to ďget an attitudeĒ when the wellbeing of her family is at stake. Biswas is quick to remind Ruku that only his favor towards her gets her the money. In much the same way, it is only Sivajiís kindness that buys Nathan the chance to save his land. Those in Ruku and Nathanís position often find themselves at the mercy of others.
The utter hopelessness of the situation is seen in the squabbling over what little water there is. When the rain comes, it is almost a cruel joke as the fields are long dead and past saving. For Ruku and her family, the difficult times have just begun.
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