Anita and Me

by

Meera Syal

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Meena's younger brother, who is born in the middle of the book. Meena is initially jealous of her brother, who gets all of Mama's attention (even other characters think that Sunil is too dependent on Mama). But after Nanima arrives, Sunil begins to be a bit more independent, and Meena grows to love her brother.
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Sunil Character Timeline in Anita and Me

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Chapter 6
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After Meena’s brother Sunil is born, she decides that she immediately hates him, although she is surprised by the... (full context)
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Once Meena’s brother Sunil enters their household, everything changes. During the weeks when mama is in the hospital, Meena... (full context)
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When mama returns home, she spends most of her time taking care of Sunil, and Meena decides to spend most of hers with Anita. The two girls decide to... (full context)
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...party for her. Mama, who thinks that Meena might be jealous of all the attention Sunil is receiving, asks papa to talk to her. Meena and her father go for a... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...and her father. Meena explains that mama has been overwhelmed by having to care for Sunil. To solve this problem, Meena once suggested that her mother could drop Sunil off at... (full context)
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...that something is wrong. They find her mother in the living room, with a sleeping Sunil on her lap. Mama begins to talk about how much she misses India, where she... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...the village notices the old woman’s arrival. After Nanima greets Pinky and Baby and then Sunil, she comes to great Meena, who recognizes her mother’s traits in her grandmother’s face and... (full context)
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...then takes her granddaughter under her arm, calling her Junglee, and falls back asleep. Although Sunil usually never sleeps through the night, Meena wakes up the next day to see him... (full context)
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Nanima’s arrival revolutionizes life in Meena’s house. Nanima’s presence has magically allowed Sunil to distance himself from his asphyxiating relationship with mama and to extend his love to... (full context)
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One day, at the beginning of Easter holiday, when Meena, Sunil, and her mother come home, they cannot find Nanima. Walking out to search for her,... (full context)
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Ten minutes later, Meena finds herself walking in the street with Nanima and Sunil. Meena attempts to use the few Punjabi words she knows to communicate with her grandmother.... (full context)
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...bar that Nanima bought. Surprised and embarrassed, Meena leaves the store to see Nanima and Sunil gobbling up chocolate. Meena feels tired all of a sudden and begins to push the... (full context)
Chapter 11
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A few days later, the family sees Sunil in the yard, looking at a spider. He begins to mutter words, pronouncing the names... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...four months. This makes Meena panic and cry, as she realizes that she will miss Sunil’s birthday, have trouble studying for the eleven-plus, and, worst of all, that they will not... (full context)
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When Meena’s parents arrive one evening with gifts and a birthday cake for Sunil, Meena realizes that it is already the end of October. She cannot believe that she... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...She promises not to open the door to anyone, and her parents set off with Sunil. (full context)