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Nada Essay

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Rejection and denial of one’s situation often hinders improvement. Conversely, acceptance allows improvement to occur; this is demonstrated by Rukmani, the protagonist of Kamala Markandaya’s novel, Nectar in a Sieve, who survives a stream of misfortunes by accepting, rather than denying, her situation. When she accepts misfortune as having occurred, she is able to seek for improvement. Through Rukmani’s plight and struggles, it is shown that in order to survive through periods of struggle and hardship, one must accept one’s situation to be able to improve from it.
When Arjun and Thambi decide to work at the tannery, conflicting with their parents’ plans of them assisting in farming the land, Rukmani quickly accepts their decision, rather than resisting futilely for a prolonged period of time, providing another source of income to help sustain the family. The positive effects are evident from the succeeding description of the changes resulting directly from the new source of income: “I [Rukmani] was especially pleased that I had not been forced to sell all the chillies, for those are useful to us; when the tongue rebels against plain boiled rice, desiring ghee and salt and spices which one cannot afford, the sharp bite of a chillie renders even plain rice palatable” (53). Through the use of descriptive language when she considers the new availability of food, such as “plain boiled rice” and “the sharp bite of a chillie,” Rukmani emphasizes one aspect of the impact of the change. The contrast between rice and chillies also serves as a description of her views: life prior to the change being “plain”: an accepted normal condition, and life afterwards becoming “palatable” due to income from her sons working at the tannery. This change required Rukmani to accept that her sons intended to labor for the despised tannery rather than the land on which they had been raised. As a consequence, Rukmani and her family’s living conditions improved through the possession of money for clothing and the creation of a...

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