Rukmani’s father is a village headman and ostensibly the most powerful person in his town, but during Rukmani’s childhood his position becomes increasingly meaningless as local power concentrates in the hands of British colonial officials. Accordingly, although Rukmani is born into a comparatively wealthy family, by the time she’s old enough for marriage, her dowry is too small to win her a wealthy or well-connected husband. Father’s narrative shows how outside influences disrupts traditional ways of life and continuity within families.
Father Character Timeline in Nectar in a Sieve
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...consumption and draws near to death. Rukmani returns home to care for her, and her father summons a foreign doctor who has recently settled in the village. When Kenny arrives, Rukmani... (full context)