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Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya

Posted on: January 23, 2013

Kamala Markandaya: Nectar in a Sieve, a Stylistic StudyKamala Markandaya: Nectar in a Sieve, a Stylistic Study by S. K Wali
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book follows the vicissitudes of a wife of a rural peasant. In the process it highlights the dependence of the peasants on the vagaries of monsoon and the impact of industrialization of rural India.

In the face of these challenges the simple life led by the peasants seems incongruous. It will come as a surprise of the urbanites who are involved in a dog eat dog, rat-race every moment of their lives.

It is hard not to sympathize with the protagonist and her family.

Although the book was written quite some time ago (1987) the theme has been relevant for a long time and unfortunately continues to be relevant till date.

The name is apt too. Like nectar will flow away through a sieve while retaining some in the net, the life of a rural peasant has its bright points while most of the happiness falls through.

An eye opener for ones who have never experienced a rural life.

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