The capital and largest city of Sri Lanka, located on the island’s southwestern coast, where Arjie and his family live throughout Funny Boy. Colombo is very ethnically diverse, with only slightly more Sinhalese than Tamil inhabitants, although it is surrounded by a primarily Sinhalese region of the country.
Colombo Term Timeline in Funny Boy
The timeline below shows where the term Colombo appears in Funny Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
1. Pigs Can’t Fly
2. Radha Aunty
...“hurt and everything” because of the trouble. They worry that the violence will spread to Colombo. When they learn that Anil gave Arjie a ride, Ammachi and the aunts are horrified,... (full context)
...lunch, everyone is silent and only listens to the radio, which reports a curfew in Colombo. During the meal, Radha Aunty arrives and reveals that, under her scarf, “the right half... (full context)
3. See No Evil, Hear No Evil
4. Small Choices
...praise Arjie’s family—the government has done the same thing, illegally putting up posters, all around Colombo. But Appa tells Jegan he “shouldn’t have done that” because “these days it is necessary... (full context)
6. Riot Journal: An Epilogue
...early hours of the morning and Appa informed the family that “there was trouble in Colombo. All the Tamil houses near the Kanaththa Cemetery had been burnt.” The family is dumbstruck... (full context)
...Arjie writes that the rioters have returned, yelling that the Tamil Tigers are now in Colombo—a story that the radio denies. Ammachi and Appachi left for Kanthi’s house, but did not... (full context)