There are many themes to this story but one of the main themes that the author portrayed was that even the strong have to face hardships. It was trying to show that you have to face your problems and struggles, and use it to learn and change to something better. There is also a theme in the story that shows the strength in the truth. Such as accepting mistakes and trying to fix them or make them better, even if they are unintentional. Another theme that appeared in the story was the importance of infertility in the Hindu religion. Such as how having a son made all the difference to husbands. In the story it showed love when Rukmani over came her fear and had a foreign doctor treat her infertility so she could produce sons for Nathan. There are many strong spiritual and meaningful theme with the novel Nectar In A Sieve.