The Hungry Tide

The Hungry Tide

Dokkhin Rai Character Analysis

Dokkhin Rai is a tiger demon who lurks in the Sundarbans. He has an insatiable desire for human flesh. In The Glory of Bon Bibi, he strikes a deal with Dhona, a ship captain, to give Dhona an island's natural resources in exchange for the boy Dukhey. Dokkhin Rai is foiled in the end by Bon Bibi and Shah Jongoli.

Dokkhin Rai Quotes in The Hungry Tide

The The Hungry Tide quotes below are all either spoken by Dokkhin Rai or refer to Dokkhin Rai. 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 Mariner Books edition of The Hungry Tide published in 2006.
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I realized with a sense of shock that this chimerical line was, to her and to Horen, as real as a barbed-wire fence might be to me.

Related Characters: Nirmal Bose (speaker), Fokir, Kusum, Horen Naskor, Bon Bibi, Dokkhin Rai, Shah Jongoli
Page Number: 186
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Dokkhin Rai Character Timeline in The Hungry Tide

The timeline below shows where the character Dokkhin Rai appears in The Hungry Tide. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: The Glory of Bon Bibi
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...were sent to the Sundarbans to make them fit for human habitation. There, they met Dokkhin Rai , a demon king. Bon Bibi drew a line through the tide country delineating his... (full context)
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When the fleet reached an island in Dokkhin Rai 's territory, they didn't know that the demon was ready for them. Dhona saw strange... (full context)
Part 1: Travels
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...that came out of nowhere. Horen cries that they must have crossed "the line" into Dokkhin Rai 's territory. Nirmal snaps that that's nonsense, and Horen suggests they agree to disagree. Nirmal... (full context)
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...temple. Kusum explains that they crossed over the dividing line between Bon Bibi's realm and Dokkhin Rai 's realm. Nirmal is shocked to discover that to Kusum and Horen, the line is... (full context)
Part 2: A Gift
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Kanai begins the story at the part where Dhona sacrifices Dukhey to Dokkhin Rai . Dokkhin Rai comes to Dhona in a dream and instructs Dhona to return to... (full context)
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...sends Dukhey to gather firewood on the shore. Dukhey tries to refuse, but finally complies. Dokkhin Rai assumes his tiger form and stalks the boy. As the demon pounces, Dukhey calls on... (full context)