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what makes NIAS, "NIAS"?

mosaic of themes etc.
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Shraddha Sharma

on 8 September 2010

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Transcript of what makes NIAS, "NIAS"?

the underlying themes of NIAS by shraddha sharma Hope & Fear Change Suffering The power of MONEY everytime a problem arises, Rukmani remains hopeful and fearful at the same time "Hope, and fear. Twin forces that tugged at us first in one direction and then in another, and which was the stronger no one could say." (78) light - something to look forward to; something to be hopeful about darkness - fear that the light is meager; "fear of the dark future, fear of the blackness of death" (78) light symbolizing hope fear of the inevitable happening-candle melted Rukmani does not appreciate the sudden urbanization in her village. The new people, the new sights and smells and the sense of unfamiliarity and distrust overwhelm her. She sees her home ruined by it… Is urbanization taking a step backwards?
"Change I had know before, and it had been gradual. ...But the change that now came into my life, into all our lives, blasting its way into our village, seemed wrought in the twinkling of an eye" (25)

"They [newcomers] had invaded our village with clatter and din, had taken from us the maidan where our children played, and had made the bazaar prices too high for us."(27) Rukmani's family faces extreme poverty, and for money Rukmani's son resorts to stealing, her daughter (Ira) to prostitution. The author is trying to communicate the power that money holds in society and to what length people can go for it.
"The lad [Raja] was caught stealing-maybe, as you say, for the first time and in a moment of weakness-still, he was caught." (90)
"Like a harlot" (98) Throughout the novel, Rukmani's family and community suffer financially because of the drought. But they also suffer otherwise - Rukmani watches her children starve and even holds her husband as he takes his last. "For hunger is a curious thing... there is a gnawing and a pain as if your very vitals were being devoured. ... But of us all Kuti suffered the most."
"saw their flesh melt away, their skin sag and sink between their jutting bones, saw their eyes rtreat into their skulls, saw their ribs curve out from under the skin... they were emaciated twice over." (86) "Bishnoi woman near Jodhpur on Flickr - Photo Sharing!." Welcome to Flickr - Photo Sharing. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2010.<http://www.flickr.com/photos/70954024@N00/3772328715>
"Nagasaki before after." Nagasaki. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2010. <www.treehugger.com/nagasaki-before-after.jpg>.
"Obama and change." Obama. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2010. <dweebness.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/obama-change-poster.jpg>.
"The Candle." flickrstorm. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2010. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/cuppini/632530852/>.

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