A respected Tulsi brother-in-law, Hari is sickly and wise, chews his food forty times, spends inordinate amounts of time in the latrine, and spends his evenings reading Sanskrit scriptures on the verandah at Hanuman House, which lead Mr Biswas to nickname him “the constipated holy man.” Mr Biswas’s initial attempt to befriend him fails because Hari is deeply orthodox, while Mr Biswas has (briefly) adopted Aryanism, and their relationship never improves. Hari leads all the Tulsi family’s religious ceremonies and house-blessings; he falls ill and dies while the family lives at Shorthills.
Hari Quotes in A House for Mr Biswas
The A House for Mr Biswas quotes below are all either spoken by Hari or refer to Hari. 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 4 Quotes
Real calling name: Lakshmi. Signed by Mohun Biswas, father.
Hari Character Timeline in A House for Mr Biswas
The timeline below shows where the character Hari appears in A House for Mr Biswas. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 3: The Tulsis
...started to seek out friendships with his other brothers-in-law. First was the pale and sickly Hari, who spent extraordinary amounts of time eating rice and using the latrine. He looked uniquely... (full context)
...their religion: they wanted to overturn caste and reject idols, educate women and accept converts. Hari was clearly not amused and accused Mr Biswas of “doing a lot of thinking about... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 4: The Chase
...Room in the Hanuman House. His pick was “Sarojini Lakshmi Kamala Devi,” but Seth and Hari named her instead and already registered her birth under the name Basso—that was the “real... (full context)
...inside and implored Mr Biswas to start acting responsibly; in response, Mr Biswas asked whether Hari might be able to un-bless the house, and the children laughed before Seth reminded them... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 5: Green Vale
Part 1, Chapter 6: A Departure
Part 2, Chapter 1: “Amazing Scenes”
Part 2, Chapter 3: The Shorthills Adventure
...were much quieter than they thought. Mrs Tulsi finally found them, believing them to be Hari and Padma’s departed spirits, and when they informed the family of the fire, everyone was... (full context)