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Nectar in the sieve - suffering

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Nectar in Sieve and suffering Nectar in a Sieve is a work of literature written in the mid 1900s. This work describes the effect that modernization and industrialization had on the farming families of India. During this time many traditional values had to be overturned by the people in order to keep up with the changing times. Many farmers lost their land and many people died of starvation due to bad harvests and inflating prices on goods. This novel specifically describes the life of a woman, Rukmani, and how her family was affected and the activities she and her family had to perform in order to survive. This work is very good in describing the life of a woman at this time and it will make you realize the hardships that these people had. There are several traditional values that are handed down to an Indian couple that are expected to be followed and continued. First of all the biggest tradition is that the parents choose whom their children will marry. Upon discussion with another child's parents they choose who is going to get married to one another. ...read more.


When she realized nothing was working, she secretly went and visited a doctor by the name of Kenny. Kenny did what he had to, to allow Rukmani to have more children. When Ira was seven, Rukmani's first male child was born, Arjun. She continued to have children, all males, until she had a total of six. Nathan now had males to help him farm the land and continue these family traditions and values. With all of these men in the family it looked like it was going to lead to a very successful family until modernization and industrialization came into town. At this time a Tannery came to the village. This was thought as a good idea for some people in the town but Rukmani and Nathan saw it as a bad thing. Their two oldest sons left the farm to go and work in the Tannery. This caused problems and concerns for the family because they thought that they would be looked down upon by the people in the town for not keeping the typical Indian family traditions up. Rukmani and Nathan did not totally agree with this decision of their children leaving the family farm to go work for ...read more.


This could was considered a disgrace to the family but she saw it as a way of making the needed cash. As the children departed and went their separate ways Nathan had no one else to work on the farm. As drought came upon the land the family suffered greatly. There wasn't enough rice production to support the family's needs and to pay the landlord. Nathan eventually lost the farm because he couldn't pay the rent. Nathan became very sick and died. He left Rukmani by herself. Rukmani's daughter and a son came back to her to help her survive and live. Nectar in a Sieve is a novel that describes a woman's struggle to find happiness in a changing India. Social life today is now very different than the traditional life of yesterday. In India the society has tried to adapt to westernization and it has actually hurt their culture. The lives of many farmers were destroyed in this developing time due to inflation, bad weather, and modernization. Many people died or lost their homes. The question is "was it really worth it?" Should they have just stayed with their traditional ways? There are some pros and cons to these questions, but the real answer lies within the people of India. ...read more.

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