Anita and Me

by

Meera Syal

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Rajesh Bhatra (“The Indian Bank Manager”) Character Analysis

This Indian man, who Meena thinks looks like a bank manager, works for the men in charge of building the motorway that passes through Tollington. Meena feels an instinctive affinity toward him because both of them are Indian. Anita and Sam Lowbridge take part in the collective robbing and beating of this man. This racially motivated crime leaves Mr. Bhatra severely injured and motivates Meena and her parents to move out of Tollington.

Rajesh Bhatra (“The Indian Bank Manager”) Quotes in Anita and Me

The Anita and Me quotes below are all either spoken by Rajesh Bhatra (“The Indian Bank Manager”) or refer to Rajesh Bhatra (“The Indian Bank Manager”). 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:
Family Discipline and Guidance Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oberon Books edition of Anita and Me published in 1996.
Chapter 13 Quotes

‘You wanted to hurt people, you mean!’ I yelled at him. ‘How could you say it, in front of me? My dad? To anyone? How can you believe that shit?’

Sam grabbed me by the wrists and I sucked in air and held it. ‘When I said them,’ he rasped, ‘I never meant you, Meena! It was all the others, not you!’

I put my face right up to his; I could smell the smoke on his breath. ‘You mean the others like the Bank Manager?’

Sam looked confused.

‘The man from the building site. The Indian man. I know you did it. I am the others, Sam. You did mean me.’

Related Characters: Meena Kumar (speaker), Sam Lowbridge (speaker), Rajesh Bhatra (“The Indian Bank Manager”)
Page Number: 314
Explanation and Analysis:
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Rajesh Bhatra (“The Indian Bank Manager”) Character Timeline in Anita and Me

The timeline below shows where the character Rajesh Bhatra (“The Indian Bank Manager”) appears in Anita and Me. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 11
Culture and Belonging Theme Icon
...see television cameras led by a famous local reporter. Meena is also surprised to notice an Indian man who looks like a bank manager. When he looks up and sees her, they share... (full context)
Friendship Theme Icon
Racism and Violence Theme Icon
...and calls out to her with a smile, but Meena walks away. She then sees the Indian bank manager walk away and feels disturbed by the idea that he is on foot and will... (full context)
Family Discipline and Guidance Theme Icon
Culture and Belonging Theme Icon
Racism and Violence Theme Icon
The next morning, papa reads a report in the newspaper about an Indian man robbed and violently attacked in Tollington, to the point of suffering from head injuries and... (full context)
Chapter 12
Friendship Theme Icon
Racism and Violence Theme Icon
...watching her get into the ambulance. She imagines the girl’s joy at taking part in the Indian man ’s beating and feels disgusted. Meena concludes that Anita and she were never compatible and,... (full context)
Chapter 13
Friendship Theme Icon
Racism and Violence Theme Icon
...were directed toward “the others.” However, Meena then confronts him with what he did to the Indian bank manager and tells Sam that she is the others, and that he did mean her. (full context)