Puli is a street child whom Rukmani befriends when she travels to the city in search of Murugan. Rukmani pities Puli because he’s homeless and his fingers have rotted away from leprosy; in turn Puli pities Rukmani and Nathan because they are bewildered and frightened by the city. Puli is wise beyond his years, able to navigate the city and protect money from robbery; but he’s also a child, coveting toys in the market and enjoying the care and affection Rukmani provides. Their relationship shows the close ties between urban and rural poverty, as well as the mutual vulnerability of impoverished and uneducated people everywhere. Rukmani’s eventual decision to adopt Puli demonstrates the inherent generosity that persists despite her harrowing experiences in the city.
Puli Character Timeline in Nectar in a Sieve
The timeline below shows where the character Puli appears in Nectar in a Sieve. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...Rukmani and Nathan earn more money, they anticipate their return home more and more. Even Puli shares their excitement. One day, Nathan says he will return directly to the temple after... (full context)
...proceed with her life again. The one person who helps her through this time is Puli. Although she doesn’t quite remember the arguments she used, eventually she persuades him to accompany... (full context)