Murugan is Rukmani’s third son. Murugan moves to a large city to work as a servant, and eventually marries a woman he meets there, Ammu. Like his older brothers, he refuses to live as his parents have and even makes major decisions without consulting them. When Rukmani and Nathan are evicted, they travel to the city in hopes that Murugan will take them in; however, they discover that he’s abandoned his wife and young child, and his whereabouts are unknown. Rukmani feels both sadness for the loss of her son and shame that his character has proved less virtuous than she hoped.
Murugan Character Timeline in Nectar in a Sieve
The timeline below shows where the character Murugan appears in Nectar in a Sieve. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...stretched thin. Irawaddy and Arjun are fed well during their childhood, but the succeeding sons—Thambi, Murugan, Raja, and Selvam—grow up on small portions. Luckily, Irawaddy is very capable with children and... (full context)
...the loss of mere belongings, but Rukmani is disturbed by the prospect of appearing at Murugan’s house empty-handed, like beggars. During the night, she dreams that someone is tugging on her... (full context)
...female doctor dressed in men’s clothing, approaches. Rukmani explains her plight, and Birla remembers that Murugan came to her on Kenny’s recommendation. However, he left her employ two years ago, and... (full context)
Chamundi Hill is well-known and easy to find; everyone knows of the Collector, who is Murugan’s employer now. Approaching the house, Rukmani and Nathan are again dismissed as beggars, but when... (full context)
...carrying a baby. She’s unfriendly and suspicious, even when Rukmani and Nathan introduce themselves as Murugan’s parents. Without preamble, she tells them that Murugan abandoned her two years ago, and she... (full context)
As they share a midday meal, Rukmani suggests that there must have been “reasons” for Murugan to run away. Offended, Ammu says that the reasons were “women and gambling.” Although she’s... (full context)