Study Guide

Homeless Bird Characters

By Gloria Whelan

Koly

When we first meet Koly she's thirteen years old and, like so many people her age, has her whole...

Mrs. Mehta (a.k.a. Sass)

Hari's mom, a.k.a. Koly's mother-in-law, goes by Sass most of the time. And while sass is...

Raji

Koly's knight in shining armor (not that she needs one) is a workhorse. Not only does he own a...

Chandra Mehta

Beautiful, spoiled, but also kind-hearted, Chandra becomes fast friends with Koly as soon as they...

Mr. Mehta (a.k.a. Sassur)

Koly's father-in-law is a tricky dude. Not in a slick way—there's really nothing too slick...

Tanu

Koly and Tanu become BFFs when Koly moves into the widows' house. Just like our leading lady,...

Baap and Maa

For a story that's structured around a teenage girl, Koly's parents don't make a whole lot of...

Hari Mehta

Hari is what we'd call a one-dimensional character. He's not really complicated in the way that...

Maa Kamala

She's warm, strict, and loving to her house full of widows—think of her as a mama hen to...

Mr. Das

Koly's boss at the garment store is like a dream come true. He's patient, considerate, and...

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