Kamala Markandaya's Nectar in a Sieve, is clearly influenced by events portraying some of the problems encountered by the Indian people as they dealt with the changing times. Story finds universality as there is no mentions about specific time or place. Some of the struggles that the main characters, faces are the result of the changing times, but they are the kinds of struggles (poverty, death, loss of tradition) that are experienced by many people for many reasons.
Far beyond its political context, the novel is appealing to modern readers(specifically women reader I should say.)) for its sensitive and moving portrayal of the strength of a woman struggling with forces beyond her control. It is a story about the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of values.
Have a good read..