Funny Boy

Chithra Aunty’s husband and a family friend of Amma and Appa; all four go out together for formal dinners, shows, and parties in Colombo when Appa buys the Paradise Beach Resort. During the riots, Sena and Chithra (who are Sinhalese) shelter Arjie’s family, although Sena frequently becomes the bearer of bad news. Initially, he gets stuck after a mob steals the petrol from his van to set a Tamil family and their car on fire. After the family makes it to Sena and Chithra’s house, Sena gets a threatening phone call—which is followed by the arrival of another mob—and ends up having to hide Arjie’s family away again, this time in his mother’s house. Later, he reports to the family that Ammachi and Appachi, too, have been burned alive in their car.

Sena Uncle Quotes in Funny Boy

The Funny Boy quotes below are all either spoken by Sena Uncle or refer to Sena Uncle. 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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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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Sena Uncle Character Timeline in Funny Boy

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3. See No Evil, Hear No Evil
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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... (full context)
4. Small Choices
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...they return, Appa has not moved and is still holding his whiskey. Later, Arjie overhears Sena Uncle and Appa talk about firing Jegan and sending him abroad to the Middle East. (full context)
6. Riot Journal: An Epilogue
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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... (full context)
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...25, Arjie writes that he is “frightened” because the family’s phones are not working and Sena Uncle has not come to pick them up. (full context)
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...this means that the government is not behind the rioting.” Because of the curfew, however, Sena Uncle cannot come get the family. Appa and Arjie think “the situation will soon be under... (full context)
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...explains that the riots have actually worsened since the curfew, and describes what happened to Sena Uncle : A man stops at the family’s front gate and Appa cautiously goes outside to... (full context)
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...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 comforts her. Neighbors stop... (full context)
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...6 PM the same day, Arjie writes that “something awful has happened.” Someone anonymously called Sena Uncle and said they knew he was sheltering Tamils, and that that night they would all... (full context)
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...a group of men came to the door and the family had to hide in Sena Uncle ’s mother’s library for an hour until they left. The men claimed to only have... (full context)
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Four days later, on August 2nd, Arjie writes that “so many things have happened.” Sena Uncle came back shortly after the previous journal entry and reported that a mob burned Ammachi... (full context)
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On his ride home from Shehan’s house to Sena Uncle ’s, Arjie realized that he had forgotten something, and went to visit the remnants of... (full context)