Nectar in a Sieve | Study Guide

Kamala Markandaya

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic
MLA

Bibliography

Course Hero. "Nectar in a Sieve Study Guide." Course Hero. 6 Feb. 2018. Web. 22 July 2018. <https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Nectar-in-a-Sieve/>.

In text

(Course Hero)

APA

Bibliography

Course Hero. (2018, February 6). Nectar in a Sieve Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved July 22, 2018, from https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Nectar-in-a-Sieve/

In text

(Course Hero, 2018)

Chicago

Bibliography

Course Hero. "Nectar in a Sieve Study Guide." February 6, 2018. Accessed July 22, 2018. https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Nectar-in-a-Sieve/.

Footnote

Course Hero, "Nectar in a Sieve Study Guide," February 6, 2018, accessed July 22, 2018, https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Nectar-in-a-Sieve/.

Nectar in a Sieve | Part 2, Chapter 30 | Summary

Share
Share

Summary

Rukmani returns to her village with her "adopted" son Puli at her side. Irawaddy and Selvam greet them warmly. Selvam promises that no matter what, they will care for each other. Rukmani whispers to her children that Nathan's passing was "gentle," and she closes the novel with the line, "I will tell you later."

Analysis

Love overcomes pain when Rukmani and Puli return home to the village. Far from a fairy-tale ending, the reunion provides the happiest ending realistically expected for the characters, although it's clear their suffering has not ended. At the end of the novel only the scrappiest characters, those who have found unique ways to accept their fates, have survived. Rukmani's closing line suggests hope as she hints at a time of quiet "later," when they will be at peace enough to discuss Nathan's passing.

Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about Nectar in a Sieve? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!