Funny Boy

Chithra Aunty Character Analysis

Sena Uncle’s wife and Amma’s best friend, who goes out with her frequently both when Appa is in Sri Lanka and while he is on vacation in Europe, and who often accompanies the family to the Paradise Beach Resort that they own. She and Sena Uncle shelter Arjie’s family during the 1983 riots, and Arjie finds it particularly ironic when she shows up to the Pereras’ house (where the family is hiding out) and breaks down in tears because Arjie’s family’s house has burned down.

Chithra Aunty Quotes in Funny Boy

The Funny Boy quotes below are all either spoken by Chithra Aunty or refer to Chithra Aunty. 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 HarperCollins edition of Funny Boy published in 1994.
6. Riot Journal: An Epilogue Quotes

Chithra Aunty began to cry. Amma went to her and tried to comfort her. There was something ironic about that. Amma comforting Chithra Aunty. Yet I understood it. Chithra Aunty was free to cry. We couldn’t, for if we started we would never stop.

Related Characters: Arjie (speaker), Amma, Appa, Sena Uncle, Chithra Aunty
Related Symbols: Arjie’s Burned-Down House
Page Number: 292
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He was trying to cheer me up, and as I listened to him talk, something occurred to me that I had never really been conscious of before—Shehan was Sinhalese and I was not. This awareness did not change my feelings for him, it was simply there, like a thin translucent screen through which I watched him.

Related Characters: Arjie (speaker), Shehan Soyza, Sena Uncle, Chithra Aunty
Related Symbols: Arjie’s Burned-Down House
Page Number: 296-297
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Chithra Aunty Character Timeline in Funny Boy

The timeline below shows where the character Chithra Aunty appears in Funny Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
3. See No Evil, Hear No Evil
Justice, Power, and Moral Awakening Theme Icon
Arjie’s parents begin going with their friends Sena Uncle and Chithra Aunty to the Oberoi Supper Club. On Saturdays, they all take the children (including Chithra’s... (full context)
Masculinity and Queerness Theme Icon
...reading “a book for girls”). Amma starts spending more and more time going out with Chithra Aunty and is thrilled about their lives. (full context)
Forbidden Love and Family Theme Icon
Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Violence Theme Icon
Justice, Power, and Moral Awakening Theme Icon
...Amma go home and try not to talk about him. Amma starts going out with Chithra Aunty again, and Daryl does not return. They hear news of violent riots in Jaffna,... (full context)
4. Small Choices
Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Violence Theme Icon
...night, they walk by some drunk students on their way to a monumental rock, but Chithra Aunty insists there is no trouble, and they encounter none until their way back, when... (full context)
6. Riot Journal: An Epilogue
Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Violence Theme Icon
At 9:30 AM on the same day, Arjie writes that Sena Uncle and Chithra Aunty visited the site of the riots and confirmed that the Tamils’ houses really were... (full context)
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...think “the situation will soon be under control,” but Amma still wants to go to Chithra’s house. (full context)
Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Violence Theme Icon
Justice, Power, and Moral Awakening Theme Icon
...destruction around [him],” because his “heart refuses to understand” that his house is gone. Finally, Chithra Aunty and Sena Uncle stop by in their van—Chithra Aunty cries and, ironically enough, Amma... (full context)