Ajodha’s alcoholic brother and Jagdat and Rabidat’s father. He runs the rumshop and lets Mr Biswas stay with him for a brief time. He eventually kicks Mr Biswas out of the house after falsely accusing him of stealing a dollar and runs away to live with his mistress after his wife dies.
Bhandat Quotes in A House for Mr Biswas
The A House for Mr Biswas quotes below are all either spoken by Bhandat or refer to Bhandat. 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.
Bhandat Character Timeline in A House for Mr Biswas
The timeline below shows where the character Bhandat 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
...garage, “doing mysterious greasy things.” Mr Biswas went to Ajodha’s rumshop, run by his brother Bhandat, who “apparently drank, beat his wife and kept a mistress of another race.” The shop,... (full context)
...except (momentarily) the undertaker’s shed full of coffins: he thought he could “help to bury Bhandat.” He pondered the strange notion of “dry goods,” wandered past food stalls, and watched carts... (full context)
...really sick”), Pratap (whose donkeys kept dying), Prasad (who could not find a wife), and Bhandat (because of his mistress). He obviously “thought his own condition perfect, and this perfection delighted... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 3: The Tulsis
...wedding,” because his was a “love match.” Ajodha yelled “Love match!” in excitement at Rabidat, Bhandat’s younger son, whose taunts Mr Biswas primarily blamed for his marriage. Tara and Ajodha encouraged... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 5: Green Vale
Part 2, Chapter 1: “Amazing Scenes”
...“a day of freedom” paralleled only by the one he spent wandering around Pagotes when Bhandat’s rumshop abruptly closed. Walking along the crowded streets, he marveled at the various stores and... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 4: Among the Readers and Learners
...felt he had to refuse—they were family, and they were clearly not destitute enough. Soon, Bhandat also sent him a request, and Mr Biswas went to his disgusting tenement surrounded by... (full context)