Tara - A young woman of India who travels the world with her husband and two daughters, and has returned to her family home for a visit.
Bim - A woman of India who is a teacher, has never married, and cares for her younger mentally retarded brother.
Bakul - A very polished and well dressed man who serves India as a foreign service representative
Baba - Mentally handicapped, this character is the youngest of the four siblings.
Raja - The oldest of the four children who marries into Hyder Ali Sahib's family.
Aunt Mira - She patiently served as a nurse and caretaker to all of the children from the time of their childhoods, but as she grows older, they become her caretaker.
Hyder Ali Sahib - The family's wealthy landlord and neighbor.
Dr. Biswas - The family's young doctor.
The Misra Sisters - Quiet girls...
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