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Nectar in a Sieve | Study Guide

Kamala Markandaya

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Author

Kamala Markandaya

Year Published

1954

Type

Novel

Genre

Drama

Perspective and Narrator

Nectar in a Sieve is narrated in the first person from the main character Rukmani's perspective as she looks back on her life.

Tense

Nectar in a Sieve is primarily narrated in the past tense as Rukmani recalls her life, but certain scenes switch to present tense, as if Rukmani relives the events.

About the Title

The term nectar refers to "a delicious fruit drink, thought to be the food of the Greek and Roman gods." The term sieve describes a "device with meshes that allows liquid to pass through while trapping solids in the device." The title Nectar in a Sieve conveys imagery for a powerful idea often touched upon in the novel: enjoy the pleasures of life before they slip away. It also alludes to a line from "Work without Hope" by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge: "Work without Hope draws nectar in a sieve, / And Hope without an object cannot live."

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