Ajodha is Tara’s wealthy, scrupulous, and health-obsessed husband who always makes Mr Biswas uncomfortable. Ajodha owns a rumshop, garage, and bus service, among numerous other business ventures, and pays the young Mr Biswas to read him a health column called That Body of Yours. His status indicates Mr Biswas’s social class to the Tulsis; when Mr Biswas later visits him to borrow money for his house in Green Vale, Ajodha sends him away with a number of vitamin supplements instead. At the end of the book, Mr Biswas does borrow money from Ajodha for his new house on Sikkim Street, but ultimately dies deeply indebted to him.
Ajodha Quotes in A House for Mr Biswas
The A House for Mr Biswas quotes below are all either spoken by Ajodha or refer to Ajodha. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of A House for Mr Biswas published in 2001.).
Part 1, Chapter 2 Quotes
As fatigue overcame him he began to long for the day to end, to relieve him of his freedom. He went back to the dark rooms tired, empty, miserable, yet still excited, still unwilling to sleep.
Ajodha Character Timeline in A House for Mr Biswas
The timeline below shows where the character Ajodha appears in A House for Mr Biswas. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 2: Before the Tulsis
...twenty volumes of The Book of Comprehensive Knowledge, mistakenly delivered by an American traveling salesman. Ajodha never read them, but he was happy to see Mr Biswas doing so, and so... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 3: The Tulsis
...Mr Biswas’s family and asked who his father was—Mr Biswas simply responded that he was Ajodha’s nephew, and Seth said he remembered selling Ajodha some land. C, one of Shama’s sisters,... (full context)
...of emotional support and found Bhandat’s younger son (Rabidat) reading That Body of Yours to Ajodha, who exclaimed, “Married man!” and called Tara over. She wept and gave Mr Biswas twenty... (full context)
...the job, rather than “any dowry or big wedding,” because his was a “love match.” Ajodha yelled “Love match!” in excitement at Rabidat, Bhandat’s younger son, whose taunts Mr Biswas primarily... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 4: The Chase
...before and fantasize about finding the comfort and satisfaction that had let Pundit Jairam and Ajodha live so happily. But he never found it, instead feeling uneasy at realizing that he... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 5: Green Vale
...for dinner and to talk about his children, and then the Tulsis, whom she and Ajodha always hated for being too devout and insufficiently modern. “In [Tara’s] clean, uncrowded, comfortable house,... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 2: The New Régime
Part 2, Chapter 4: Among the Readers and Learners
...alone to contemplate the house’s atmosphere of tension and conflict. One day, when Anand asked Ajodha to donate to his fund for Polish refugee children, Ajodha was insulted and replied, “who... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 5: The Void
Part 2, Chapter 6: The Revolution