Kunthi is Rukmani’s beautiful and alluring neighbor. Kunthi is aloof and arrogant because she comes from a wealthy background and considers life in the village beneath her. While Rukmani becomes close with the other village women, like Kali and Janaki, Kunthi is always rude and “insolent” to her. Once, after Rukmani visits Kenny in town, she encounters Kunthi dressed in a sheer sari and made up provocatively; even though it’s obvious that Kunthi is conducting an affair, she implies that Rukmani has been cheating on her husband. Later, Nathan reveals to Rukmani that he slept with Kunthi before and after their marriage; in fact, he fathered both of Kunthi’s two sons. While Rukmani and Irawaddy provide surprisingly positive depictions of sexuality, Kunthi’s sexuality is characterized as an explicit threat to the cohesion of the family.
Kunthi Quotes in Nectar in a Sieve
The Nectar in a Sieve quotes below are all either spoken by Kunthi or refer to Kunthi. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Signet edition of Nectar in a Sieve published in 2010.).
Chapter 14 Quotes
It seemed to me that a new peace came to us then, freed at last from the necessity for lies and concealment and deceit, with the fear of betrayal lifted from us, and the power we ourselves had given her finally rested from Kunthi.
Kunthi Character Timeline in Nectar in a Sieve
The timeline below shows where the character Kunthi appears in Nectar in a Sieve. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...talkative, always making jokes; Janaki, the shopkeeper’s wife, is tired and careworn from many pregnancies; Kunthi, the youngest, is beautiful and graceful despite being very pregnant. Now, Kali makes raunchy jokes... (full context)
...and happy to have a companion, since Kali and Janaki’s children are much older, and Kunthi remains distant. Overjoyed, Nathan invites everyone in the village to celebrate and they prepare an... (full context)