Funny Boy

Mr. Lokubandara Character Analysis

The Sinhalese vice principal of Victoria Academy, who is allegedly poised to take the principal position from Black Tie due to his extensive political connections. Mr. Lokubandara’s docile and mild-mannered personality belies his explicit preference for Sinhala students like Salgado and desire to make the school officially Buddhist (the religion of most Sinhalas, but almost no Tamils). However, Arjie ultimately decides to support Mr. Lokundabara’s attempts to take over the school by botching his poetry recital at Black Tie’s awards ceremony.

Mr. Lokubandara Quotes in Funny Boy

The Funny Boy quotes below are all either spoken by Mr. Lokubandara or refer to Mr. Lokubandara. 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.
5. The Best School of All Quotes

I felt bitter at the thought that the students he punished were probably the least deserving. They were the ones who had broken his rules—no blinking, no licking of lips, no long hair—a code that was unfair. Right and wrong, fair and unfair had nothing to do with how things really were. I thought of Shehan and myself. What had happened between us in the garage was not wrong. For how could loving Shehan be bad? Yet if my parents or anybody else discovered this love, I would be in terrible trouble. I thought of how unfair this was and I was reminded of things I had seen happen to other people, like Jegan, or even Radha Aunty, who, in their own way, had experienced injustice. How was it that some people got to decide what was correct or not, just or unjust? It had to do with who was in charge; everything had to do with who held power and who didn’t.

Page Number: 268-269
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Black Tie needed me, and because he needed me, power had moved into my hands.

I looked at Black Tie and realized that any fear of him had disappeared.

Related Characters: Arjie (speaker), Black Tie, Mr. Lokubandara
Page Number: 271
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Mr. Lokubandara Character Timeline in Funny Boy

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Lokubandara appears in Funny Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
5. The Best School of All
Masculinity and Queerness Theme Icon
Justice, Power, and Moral Awakening Theme Icon
...of Victoria Academy, and his only solace is knowing that Black Tie’s vice principal, Mr. Lokubandara, has political power and might take over his job. But Diggy says that Lokubandara is... (full context)
Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Violence Theme Icon
...In the hallway, Arjie meets Soyza, who takes him to the playground and explains that Lokubandara lets Salgado and his friends “do whatever they like.” Soyza reveals that the whole school... (full context)
Masculinity and Queerness Theme Icon
Justice, Power, and Moral Awakening Theme Icon
...insists that, as Tamils, they must both support Black Tie in his power struggle with Lokubandara. In fact, Arjie is to play a crucial role in this fight: his poems were... (full context)
Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Violence Theme Icon
...Tie’s cruelty toward Shehan and himself, and then Salgado’s cruelty toward the Tamil boys (which Lokubandara sanctioned), Arjie feels like he has no good option. When he gets back to Black... (full context)
Justice, Power, and Moral Awakening Theme Icon
...Tie has only put away the cane because he so desperately wants to beat out Lokubandara. And then Arjie has an epiphany: “Black Tie needed me, and because he needed me,... (full context)
Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Violence Theme Icon
Justice, Power, and Moral Awakening Theme Icon
...is supposed to be structured around them. Black Tie would lose the minister’s favor and Lokubandara would take over and free Shehan from his eternal punishment. After school, Arjie grows both... (full context)