Ayah is the nanny to Uma, Aruna, and Arun when they are young. Later in life, she stays on as the household servant. Ayah babies Uma even as an adult, and she often uses emotional appeal to get Uma to take pity on her in her old age and give her things she needs. Uma takes Ayah for granted, not recognizing her own privilege relative to Ayah.
The timeline below shows where the character Ayah appears in Fasting, Feasting. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.