The judge’s wife and Sai’s maternal grandmother. She is fourteen when she marries the judge. The two do not consummate their marriage before the judge leaves for university because Nimi is so terrified, but they share one affectionate bicycle ride before he leaves. However, when the judge returns, he begins to expect her to relinquish her culture, as he has done. He becomes angry when Nimi steals his powder puff, and he rapes her as punishment. He then begins a cycle of abuse, trying to get her to conform to English culture. Eventually, after Nimi is accidentally a part of the Nehru welcoming committee for the Indian National Congress, the judge sends her away because she has humiliated him and he fears he will kill her in anger. Nimi then has a daughter, Sai’s mother, and spends the rest of her life living with her sister before she catches on fire from the stove (it is implied that her sister’s husband may have caused this accident). Nimi becomes an embodiment of the Indian culture from which the judge is attempting to separate himself.
Nimi Quotes in The Inheritance of Loss
The The Inheritance of Loss quotes below are all either spoken by Nimi or refer to Nimi. 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 Grove Press edition of The Inheritance of Loss published in 2006.).
Chapter 16 Quotes
The dowry bids poured in and his father began an exhilarated weighing and tallying: ugly face—a little more gold, a pale skin—a little less. A dark and ugly daughter of a rich man seemed their best bet.
Nimi Character Timeline in The Inheritance of Loss
The timeline below shows where the character Nimi appears in The Inheritance of Loss. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...week later, Bomanbhai offered Jemubhai his most beautiful daughter Bela (who would later be renamed Nimi), knowing that she might be getting married to one of the most powerful men in... (full context)
...lavish. Bela’s name was changed into the one chosen by Jemubhai’s family, and she became Nimi Patel. After the wedding, Jemubhai had pulled off his new wife’s sari, ready to consummate... (full context)
...from his tour. He was then summoned by the district commissioner, who informed him that Nimi had been part of the Nehru welcoming committee, and had eaten scrambled eggs and toast... (full context)