Omar Khayyam Shakil
The novel's first protagonist, this character feels permanently pushed to the periphery.
Sufiya Zinobia (Shame) Hyder Shakil
The story's second protagonist, this character lacks ordinary mental faculties.
Iskander (Isky) Harappa
This character is a one-time epicurean who later becomes prime minister.
Raza (Old Razor Guts) Hyder
Religiously inclined, this character has a successful military career and is later made president.
Bilquìs Kemal Hyder
This character is the grandparent of 27 children and is perpetually afraid of the Loo.
Rani Humayun Harappa
This character embroiders a number of shawls while under house-arrest.
This character is a disgruntled servant of the Hyder family who alerts the media about the family's secret shame.
Once commander-in-chief of the army, this character's spouse is stolen away from him while he declines in senility.
Atiyah (Pinkie) Aurangzeb
This character, discarded by a famous lover, decides to raise turkeys...
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