Shekila is Saroo’s baby sister. Kamla is pregnant with her when Saroo’s birth father effectively leaves the family, and when Saroo is around four years old, he’s put in charge of caring for her. Because of the family’s extreme poverty, Shekila often tries to eat charcoal out of the fire and receives medical attention for the adverse effects of this. She’s about two years old when Saroo disappears. After Saroo is adopted, he asks often for Shekila and feels guilty for leaving Kamla to care for her alone. This is one of the reasons that Mum and Dad decide to adopt Mantosh. When Saroo returns to Khandwa as an adult and meets Shekila again, Shekila is married with two sons.
Shekila Quotes in A Long Way Home
The A Long Way Home quotes below are all either spoken by Shekila or refer to Shekila. 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 Random House edition of A Long Way Home published in 2013.).
5. A New Life Quotes
I was keen on the idea of having a sibling. In fact, it seemed that the person I missed most from India was my sister. "What do you want for Christmas?" my mum would ask me every year. "I want Shekila back," I often said.
Shekila Character Timeline in A Long Way Home
The timeline below shows where the character Shekila appears in A Long Way Home. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
2. Getting Lost
5. A New Life
10. Meeting My Mother
...they all happily and silently have tea until the crowds, Cheryl, and other translators arrive. Shekila soon arrives with her sons and husband. They’re all shocked that Saroo isn’t married with... (full context)
...Guddu’s losses eventually caused him to move to Burhanpur. Saroo’s reappearance affects him deeply, and Shekila also struggles with what happened—though she sends her sons to school, she lives with the... (full context)
...his birth father was a building contractor. Kamla explains that when she was pregnant with Shekila, Saroo’s birth father took another wife (which he could do as a Muslim) and announced... (full context)
12. Reaching Out
...though visiting India has certainly enriched his life. He admires the importance that Kallu and Shekila place on family, and he wonders if Westerners have lost something through the Western focus... (full context)