Many readers were puzzled by the sole Englishman who appears in this book, set in colonial times. Rukmani seemed to have a line to him, but he acts inconsistently – a mysterious figure who slips in and out.
Many readers agreed that Nectar In A Sieve is a love story at bottom, and a joyful one at that, in spite of the suffering Nathan and Rukmani have to endure. Here are the readers at the end, including Ammu Joseph who came to try us out. Thommo had to slip out for a meeting.
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Preliminary The next session of Poetry will be held on Mar 4, 2011, same time, 5:30pm, same place, Cochin Yacht Club. The following session to read Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce will be held on Friday April 8, 2011. The novel for reading after that, has to be selected by Amita and Talitha; it is overdue. Please make haste.
New lights on Indian women novelists in English:Part 3 edited by Amar Nath Prasad
It has two articles on NIAS :
– East_West Encounter in NIAS by Raghunath Kachhway
Homage to Kamala Markandaya by Francis C. Assisi (Boston, 2004)
1. Love within marriage, in a rural setting
2. A tale of the indomitable human spirit
3. Society in transformation from a traditional rural setting to a burgeoning industrial setting.
Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you
The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss
A dateless bargain to engrossing death!”
Rest with me a little.
And for a while his breath fell soft —
And light as a petal on my cheek;
Then he sighed as if in weariness
And turned his face to me,
And so his gentle spirit withdrew
And the light went out in his eyes.
“Little is known about the private life of the author. We can focus on the text therefore, without troubling ourselves with psychological interpretations of the author's life. She wrote ten novels about India while living in England, after emigrating there in 1948 and marrying a British man called Taylor.
He continues: “Acquiescent imbeciles! do you think spiritual grace comes from being in want, or from suffering? What thoughts have you when the belly is empty or your body is sick? Tell me they are noble ones and I will call you a liar.”
“Am I to blame for your excesses?”said he, grimacing, but his eyes were alight with laughter.
And hope without an object cannot live.
Ch XIV Amidst perpetual poverty, famine, trickery and despair, pops out the deepest secret which Nathan kept to himself for all these years. It tests Rukmani's trust in her husband, adding another dimension to her already miserable existence.
The ration of seven days to Kunti, and eight already eaten. There is still enough for nine days, I thought, Not with comfort but with desolation, and hatred came welling up again for her who had deprived me of the grain, and contempt for myself who had relinquished it.
Bobby: Ch XX – Rukmani fears for the health of Ira's child
All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair--
The bees are stirring--birds are on the wing--
And Winter, slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!
And I, the while, the sole unbusy thing,
Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing.
Yet well I ken the banks where amaranths blow,
Have traced the fount whence streams of nectar flow.
Bloom, O ye amaranths! bloom for whom ye may,
For me ye bloom not! Glide, rich streams, away!
With lips unbrighten'd, wreathless brow, I stroll:
And would you learn the spells that drowse my soul?
Work without Hope draws nectar in a sieve,
And Hope without an object cannot live.