Amma’s old, traditionally minded sister, who moves in with Arjie’s family around the time that Appa buys the Paradise Beach Resort. When Daryl starts visiting the family, Neliya is visibly uncomfortable with his presence because she knows about his past relationship with Amma. However, she consistently supports her sister and the family, helping around the house and caring for Arjie during the riots.
Neliya Auntie Quotes in Funny Boy
The Funny Boy quotes below are all either spoken by Neliya Auntie or refer to Neliya Auntie. 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: 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
“The Academy will force you to become a man,” he said. Sonali, Amma, and Neliya Aunty smiled at me sympathetically before they continued with their meal. Diggy had a look on his face that told me he understood all the things my father had not said.
Neliya Auntie Character Timeline in Funny Boy
The timeline below shows where the character Neliya Auntie appears in Funny Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
3. See No Evil, Hear No Evil
...children what they want him to bring back. Ever since Amma’s elderly and traditional sister, Neliya Aunty , moved in with the family, Arjie has been reading her old copy of Little... (full context)
...confused at first—and Arjie’s fever worsens that night. While taking care of him, Amma and Neliya Aunty chat about Daryl, which makes Arjie realize he had some sort of fight with Amma... (full context)
...early, and Arjie and Amma head back to Colombo, where they meet Sonali, Diggy, and Neliya Aunty —although Arjie feels “a terrible sense of distance.” At home, Amma finds and hides a... (full context)
...finds Daryl’s room completely disheveled, with drawers and clothes everywhere. They rush away and tell Neliya Aunty , who insists “there’s no proof that anything has happened” and warns them against talking... (full context)
...seemed [out of place] with all that had happened.” They return home around sunset, and Neliya Aunty explains that an Australian journalist from Daryl’s paper came looking for Amma during the day—but... (full context)
4. Small Choices
6. Riot Journal: An Epilogue