Tara is Bipti’s childless sister and Mr Biswas’s aunt. Tara marries the wealthy businessman Ajodha, becomes “a person of standing,” and rejects many of the orthodox Hindu practices the Tulsis (whom she dislikes) continue to follow. On account of Tara’s worldliness, Bipti sends Dehuti to work in Tara and Ajodha’s household to learn upper-class etiquette. Tara plays an important maternal role for Mr Biswas throughout his life, offering him guidance, comfort, and opportunity when nobody else can.
Tara Quotes in A House for Mr Biswas
The A House for Mr Biswas quotes below are all either spoken by Tara or refer to Tara. 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.).
Tara Character Timeline in A House for Mr Biswas
The timeline below shows where the character Tara appears in A House for Mr Biswas. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 1: Pastoral
Bipti began sending the villagers with messages, most importantly to her childless sister Tara, “a person of standing” who married a relatively well-off merchant. Clad in heavy gold and... (full context)
...smelling and tasting raw flesh (even though he never tried meat) and began spitting furiously. Tara led the women in wailing for Bipti; because “cremation was forbidden,” Raghu lay in a... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 2: Before the Tulsis
...visited at Christmastime, and although Dehuti lived nearby, he almost never saw her, except when Tara’s husband “held a religious ceremony and needed Brahmins to feed.” He went over in a... (full context)
...irritated because she was forced to defend Dehuti, who eloped with the yard boy at Tara’s house. Upon visiting Tara’s house, Ajodha implored Mr Biswas to explain how he got himself... (full context)
...day’s takings”; he was paranoid and quick to anger, accusing Mr Biswas of spying for Tara because he was stealing from her every night: after giving enough drunk patrons less than... (full context)
...in a windowless room. Whenever the shop was closed, he would visit Bipti, Alec, or Tara, whose bookcase now had twenty volumes of The Book of Comprehensive Knowledge, mistakenly delivered by... (full context)
...Biswas marched down the main road for miles, till he had long left town. Ramchand, Tara’s former yard boy and Dehuti’s husband, tapped him on the shoulder and greeted him amicably.... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 3: The Tulsis
Part 1, Chapter 5: Green Vale
...drinking and the unfortunate eventual beating of wives. Mr Biswas went to visit Bipti and Tara, then on Boxing-day, his brothers Pratap and Prasad who “had married nondescript women from nondescript... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 2: The New Régime
Part 2, Chapter 6: The Revolution