The source of the icy attitude of their daughter-in-law is soon laid out in the open as she reveals their son left her two and half years before and she had no idea where he went. The owner of the house, a female doctor to whom Nathan and Rukmani have a hard time relating, shows them kindness after learning they are familiar with Kenny, the doctor whose help Rukmani sought to conceive her sons, offers them their first meal that day and kindly points them in the direction of the house to which their son went.
After a full day of searching, and a sleepless night in a temple surrounded by the homeless and less fortunate, Rukmani and her aging husband find help from a young boy, Puli, who leads them to the house where their son had gone to work years earlier.
The youngest son dies of starvation. The story follows the life of the narrator and heroine, Rukmani, who grows and matures through the clashing of the east and the west in post-independence India.
Finally driven to desperation to try to save her youngest brother from starvation, Ira becomes a prostitute, only to finally conceive and give birth to an albino child. When the drought takes their harvest, Rukmani runs her fingers obsessively through the last of her hoarded rice.
Attaching himself to them as a kind of son, under the pretense of collecting what is due to him, Puli helps Rukmani start earning more money by cutting stone in the quarries. She offers the sari for sale along with their bullocks and household possessions in order to hold on to the land they need to live.
By relinquishing her most prized possession, Rukmani reduces her attachment to worldly goods as an important step toward achieving the Hindu virtue of dharma. The carter explains that he has to continue to work the animal in order to make his living, just as Nathan and Rukmani must work to gather in their harvest even while they are starving to death.
Not knowing what else to do, and wishing they had been better about keeping in touch with their son, they return to the only place they do know, the temple where they are at least guaranteed one meal a day and a place to sleep.
Not knowing what else to do, Rukmani takes the money Puli had helped them to earn and save, and returns to her home village, bringing Puli with her as an adopted son.
The bullocks who carry Rukmani as a bride to her new home wear bells on their horns to tinkle a happy accompaniment to the song of birds and sweet smells of the land. And finally, after skating by year after year, the land upon which they have lived and farmed for thirty years is sold to the tannery, and lost and confused Rukmani and her husband head for a strange city to seek their third born son to take them into his house.
A former neighbor, Kunthi, uses the only secrets Nathan and Rukmani have from each other to blackmail them both into giving her all the grain they have to feed their family. After traveling nearly miles by bullock cart, Rukmani and Nathan arrive in the large city where their third born son moved several years before and married.
Rukmani watches as the crops, the livelihood and food source for her family, are destroyed by monsoons and drought, leaving them unable to eat or pay rent to the landlord. Poverty, starvation, and death ensue as the worlds of the east and west collide in this once rural town. Desperate to provide her husband with a male heir, Rukmani finally secretly visits a western doctor, Kenny, who had helped her mother in her final days.
Carrying very few possessions and still possessing a trusting and simple-minded attitude, they are quickly robbed of what little money and material items they have as they wander through the streets of unfamiliar territory, in search of a son, no one seems to know.
The women of the village patiently teach her the ways of the land—how to grow vegetables, milk the goat, churn milk into butter and how to mull rice. Not the types to lose hope or give up, Rukmani and Nathan quickly devise a plan to earn the money they need to return to their village and their son and daughter.
The bullock flinches when the yoke is put upon his raw neck, but he patiently accepts his fate. Together with her husband, Rukmani endures a seemingly endless series of tragedies, which begin, as she states, when the tannery is built and the small village in which she lives is transformed into a bustling, dirty, immoral metropolis.
She loves the feeling of the rice because she loves life so fiercely. Having lived through months of starvation, homelessness, and loss, he finally crosses over into the next world with Rukmani by his side. Rukmani, who was taught to read and write by her father, begins writing and reading letters for a small fee and earns enough money to save a little and add some more sustenance to the meager meals at the temple.
They use their precious savings to buy rice at exorbitant prices, for without it they will not live. However, despite having little and not owning his own land, her husband, Nathan, is very kind and loving towards her. Another son is killed in a misunderstanding at the tannery.A summary of Symbols in Kamala Markandaya's Nectar in a Sieve.
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