Anita and Me

by

Meera Syal

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Harinder P. Singh (“Harry”) Character Analysis

The mysterious owner of the Big House is revealed to be Indian, which surprises Meena and her family, since they only discover this near the end of the novel. After studying at Cambridge, where he met his wife Mireille, he inherited money and decided to buy a house in Tollington, when the area was still green and peaceful. He is cordial and generous, giving Meena’s father advice about the real estate market.
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Harinder P. Singh (“Harry”) Character Timeline in Anita and Me

The timeline below shows where the character Harinder P. Singh (“Harry”) appears in Anita and Me. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
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...house. Meena tells the witch to call the police. The woman then calls out to “’Arry,” explaining that there has been an accident at the pond, as previously happened with Jodie... (full context)
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...like Meena’s mother. Meena feels completely exhausted, but listens as Mireille explains that she met ’Arry while she came from France to study at Cambridge. When Harinder’s uncle died, leaving him... (full context)
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...talking to Sam. Meena tears the letter up. Her father, though, receives a letter from Harinder P. Singh , asking him to come to tea. Meena’s parents cannot believe that an Indian man... (full context)
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...sell the house. However, papa makes a gesture that indicates he discussed property matters with Mr. Singh . Mama then explains that Mr. Singh, who owns the entire field across from Meena’s... (full context)