An illegitimate child Irawaddy conceives while working as a prostitute. Even though he’s a reminder of her social transgressions, Irawaddy adores him, as do Selvam, Rukmani, and Nathan. The child is albino, which makes him an outcast in the village; however, the family’s love for him highlights their cohesion in the face of outside pressure.
Irawaddy’s son Character Timeline in Nectar in a Sieve
The timeline below shows where the character Irawaddy’s son appears in Nectar in a Sieve. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Rukmani tends to her during her labor and she soon gives birth to a healthy child. However, while Irawaddy is consumed by exhaustion and delight, Rukmani immediately sees that the baby... (full context)
...the evening of our lives.” He worries that Irawaddy, who doesn’t seem to notice her child’s affliction, has lost her mind, and says he should have prevented her from prostituting herself.... (full context)
...oppose their parents. Irawaddy is especially grateful for Selvam’s ease with her son. He accepts Sacrabani’s albinism and rarely discusses it, even though the boy is usually ostracized by his peers... (full context)
From the hospital building, still unfinished, Selvam rushes out to embrace her. Soon, Irawaddy and Sacrabani join. Rukmani introduces Puli as her son, explaining that she and Nathan have adopted him. (full context)