Auntie Shaila is the closest Auntie to Meena’s family, and is present at most family gatherings. Meena describes Auntie Shaila as “the fattest, noisiest, and most fun of all the Aunties.” Auntie Shaila behaves spontaneously and exuberantly, occasionally expressing secret opinions—such as the fact that Meena has a Birmingham accent when she speaks Punjabi—in too loud a manner.
Auntie Shaila Character Timeline in Anita and Me
The timeline below shows where the character Auntie Shaila appears in Anita and Me. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...the name of humanity. Meena, though, wishes her family had an elegant shrine, like her Auntie Shaila ’s. Auntie Shaila, the most boisterous of all the Aunties, once told Meena that people’s... (full context)
...mother would not be bothered to know she borrowed it. When Meena opens the door, Auntie Shaila reproves Meena for her make-up, accusing her of trying to look older, and Meena finally... (full context)
...forced to sing. As Meena sings in Punjabi, though, she notices people giggling and hears Auntie Shaila say that she sings in Punjabi with a Birmingham accent. Embarrassed and confused, Meena interrupts... (full context)
...expecting for their water to be refilled, but she then overhears her mother talking to Auntie Shaila about her. Her mother complains about Meena’s frequent bad behavior, and Auntie Shaila says that... (full context)
...much attention to her and notices that the adults look scared and sad for her. Auntie Shaila drags her into the kitchen and, as Meena tries to decipher people’s expressions, she hears... (full context)
When Nanima arrives in Tollington, welcomed at Meena’s house by her family as well as Auntie Shaila ’s, everyone in the village notices the old woman’s arrival. After Nanima greets Pinky and... (full context)
...also allow them to move out of Tollington. When the telephone rings, mama learns that Auntie Shaila ’s husband Uncle Amman has just had a heart attack. Meena’s parents are very worried... (full context)