Nectar in a Sieve Themes

Kamala Purnaiya Taylor
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Religion

The book explores the theme of religion, God and the Indian practices that were traditional during this time. At every turning, whether for good or bad, Rukmani and Nathan would take an offering out of what little they had to the feet of their Gods and Goddesses. Rukmani also makes reference to her prayers and their thankfulness towards God when things go well, and their anger, at times, when things go bad. Kenny cannot understand their philosophy. During a conversation with Rukmani, Kenny exclaims, “Acquiescent imbeciles, do you think spiritual grace comes from being in want, or from suffering?” Rukmani replies, “Yet our priests fast, and inflict on themselves severe punishments, and we are taught to bear our sorrows in silence and all this so that the soul may be cleansed.” (112) This statement of Indian philosophy explains much of her and Nathan’s character. It explains their silent...

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