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Nectar in a Sieve Chapter Summary & Analysis - Part 1, Chapter 1 Summary

Kamala Purnaiya Taylor
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Part 1, Chapter 1 Summary

Nectar in a Sieve is the story of an Indian woman, Rukmani, who begins the story by recalling the life she and her husband, Nathan, led as tenant farmers in India. Nathan is now dead and Rukmani lives with her children in a small town where the people still make their living from the land.

Rukmani and Nathan's families arrange their marriage, and the two young people do not see each other until the day of the wedding. As the fourth sister in the family to be married, there is no dowry for Rukmani. This forces her to marry a man below her own social class. At the age of twelve, Rukmani is given to Nathan, a poor tenant farmer. Rukmani's family feels deeply humiliated, as does Rukmani herself until she realizes what a kind person Nathan is.

After traveling many miles after the wedding...

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