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Driven By Hunger Kamala Markandaya does a remarkable job of illustrating the typical Indian lifestyle and culture in her novel Nectar in a Sieve The theme the author illustrates in Nectar in a Sieve is that hunger is a major motivating force in peoples lives This motivation leads people to commit anything in order to prevent starvation Hunger is a familiar word and phase that poverty-stricken families undergo Everyday is a new struggle to live and go through searching in need of food Hunger in the novel is the motivating force that drives many of the characters to endure various acts to acquire food anywhere from leaving to a new land to prostitution For example Rukmanis sons Arjun and Thambi come together and decide to go to the island of Ceylon to find work that pays better than the tannery They are paying wellit would be good for us to work again It is not fitting that men should corrupt themselves in hunger and idleness 71 This conveys that Arjun and Thambi believe that they shouldnt go on being deprived of various objects and that they shouldnt go on living a life of hunger without any money The wanting of not experiencing hunger and idleness motivates their decision of going to Ceylon At this point Rukmani and her husband Nathan have began the new harvest but have scarcely any food left for the family Rukmani divides the remaining food in portions amongst the family counting each night if the portions are still in tact to eat the next day Then one night Rukmani goes out to check on her portions and is startled I clawed away the earth until I saw the bundle I ran my fingers through the grain and I knew then there was no more than a handful left- a days supply no more 88 Rukmani is dumb-founded realizing the loss of rice I must know who has done
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