Brick Lane

by

Monica Ali

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Dr. Azad Character Analysis

A London physician popular with Bengali immigrants, he is a small and precise man who lives and carries himself in a very meticulous manner. Chanu works hard to court his favor, thinking that the doctor might have some pull with his boss, Mr. Dalloway, but Dr. Azad insists he does not know him. Unhappily married, he collects snow globes and worries about young Bengalis falling prey to heroin addiction.

Dr. Azad Quotes in Brick Lane

The Brick Lane quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Azad or refer to Dr. Azad. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of Brick Lane published in 2003.
Chapter 5 Quotes

“I’m talking about the clash between Western values and our own. I’m talking about the struggle to assimilate and the need to preserve one’s identity and heritage. I’m talking about children who don’t know what their identity is. I’m talking about the feelings of alienation engendered by a society where racism is prevalent. I’m talking about the terrific struggle to preserve one’s sanity while striving to achieve the best for one’s family. I’m talking—”

Related Characters: Chanu (speaker), Nazneen, Mrs. Azad, Dr. Azad
Page Number: 88
Explanation and Analysis:
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Dr. Azad Character Timeline in Brick Lane

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Azad appears in Brick Lane. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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Dinnertime has arrived, and Dr. Azad and Chanu are at the table where Nazneen waits to serve them. Dr. Azad tells... (full context)
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...has missed very few days of work, even when he was sick with an ulcer. Dr. Azad casually reassures him that a promotion is probably in his future, and Chanu presses the... (full context)
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Chanu goes on to tell Dr. Azad about when he first arrived in London. Unlike the peasants who traveled to the country... (full context)
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While Chanu goes on about his family’s greed and seemingly endless appeals for money, Dr. Azad and Nazneen exchange looks. Nazneen is keenly aware that it is a look she, as... (full context)
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...while he talks about the evening’s dinner, which he decides was a success, even though Dr. Azad does not know Mr. Dalloway. At one point, Nazneen cuts him too closely and he... (full context)
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...asks if she’s pregnant, and she tells him she is. Mrs. Islam took her to Dr. Azad and had it confirmed. (full context)
Chapter 3
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...she can. One day, in the midst of her mutiny, Mrs. Islam takes her to Dr. Azad ’s office. Mrs. Islam offers Nazneen one of the many handkerchiefs she keeps up her... (full context)
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Dr. Azad is as prim in his professional demeanor as he is in his personal. Nazneen takes... (full context)
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...lending library for the estate. The library was the reason he took a petition to Dr. Azad ’s office, but now the doctor is suggesting that Chanu misled him when he pitched... (full context)
Chapter 4
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One Sunday, while Nazneen feeds Raqib, Chanu talks of Dr. Azad , who has yet to invite them to his home. Chanu thinks he might be... (full context)
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Nazneen and Chanu are on a bus on their way to Dr. Azad ’s house. Chanu comments, quietly at first and then more loudly, on the size of... (full context)
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...food for Raqib and she watches shop windows flash by. Chanu decides he will tell Dr. Azad they were just passing through, and it dawns on Nazneen that they are going to... (full context)
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...skirt and short coppery hair answers the door. Chanu apologizes, telling her they’re looking for Dr. Azad , and assuming they have the wrong address. The woman informs them that they’re in... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Chanu and Nazneen settle into Dr. Azad ’s garish living room.  Tiger figurines snarl in front of a gas fire place. Velvet... (full context)
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...fill the silence, Chanu begins talking about his plans for building a house in Dhaka. Dr. Azad sits strangely still in a straight-backed chair, squeezing the arms as if he hopes to... (full context)
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...the doctor’s wife smoke, Nazneen feels a strange affection for her, and she realizes that Dr. Azad comes to visit her and Chanu not to get away from his family but to... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...is glad to hear the girls are doing well and that Nazneen is still having Dr. Azad to her home for dinner. She knows that Nazneen is bored with her routine, but... (full context)
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Dr. Azad is once again having dinner with Chanu and Nazneen. Age has not been kind to... (full context)
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Now that the men are alone, they take up their own separate topics. Dr. Azad is preoccupied with heroin abuse among the Muslim community. Chanu worries about the tragedy of... (full context)
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...and wonders what she’s doing. Nazneen checks her throat, as she’d been ill with tonsillitis. Dr. Azad diagnosed her. In his office, Bibi had been transfixed by his snow globes. He showed... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...to pay for the cloth, but Razia refuses. On the way home, Nazneen mentions that Dr. Azad is worried about local kids using heroin. Razia says she’s just glad God has spared... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...and darkness, hearing the voices of her daughters and Hasina and Chanu and Karim. When Dr. Azad comes to visit, she finally opens her eyes. He prescribes rest. Chanu, when he sees... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Razia and Nazneen are in Dr. Azad ’s office. Razia wants his help getting Tariq off drugs. Dr. Azad is, as usual,... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...that she is a liar. Mrs. Islam says she knows that Chanu ran crying to Dr. Azad for money for his escape. Nazneen is shocked and angry and wants to flee. Mrs.... (full context)
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...all her belongings, all her furniture. Chanu tells her not to worry. He went to Dr. Azad mostly for help with the ulcer. The money was a side benefit. Also, when they... (full context)
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Dr. Azad arrives to give Tariq medicine for withdrawal. He has a helper with him in case... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Afterward Nazneen goes for a walk around the estate and runs into Dr. Azad , who has just been to see Tariq. Razia’s son is coming along well in... (full context)
Chapter 1
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...this particular day, Nazneen is preparing a lamb curry dinner for Chanu and his physician, Dr. Azad . The dinner is almost ready, so she decides to read some from her Qur’an,... (full context)
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...hip, nervous about having the necessary time to prepare the important dinner for Chanu and Dr. Azad , who has sway with Mr. Dalloway, Chanu’s boss, and must therefore be given the... (full context)