Jasmine Characters

Jasmine Character List


The protagonist of the novel. Throuout the book she goes through a spiritual journey, and she is called different names throughout this voyage from India to Iowa. Each name signifies pivotal moments in her life.

Prakash Vijh

Jasmine's first husband. Jasmine married him while she lived in Hasnapur, India. He is a "modern man, a city man." He worked as a repairman and a bookkeeper at the same time while studying for his diploma exams. However, they end up getting divorced later.


Jasmine’s boss when she lived in New York. Jasmine was his daughter's, nanny. She had a love interest with him

Bud Ripplemayer

Jasmine's second husband. She meets him through his mother in Iowa. He works for a bank, and he becomes paralyzed when he gets shot.

Du Thien

Jasmine and Bud's son. He was fourteen at the age of adoption and he was Vietnamese. However, he was seventeen during the novel.

Darrell Lutz

Jasmine's neighbor while she lived in Iowa. Darrell is infatuated by Jasmine. He is a farmer.


Bud’s ex-wife who he leaves for Jasmine.


Jyoti's mother. She encourages Jyoti to stay in school three years longer than her sisters.


Jyoti's father.


Jyoti’s grandmother (Pitaji's mother). She doesn't want Jyoti to remain in school. She finds a groom for Jyoti; however, Masterji convinces her family to let her continue with her studies.


Jyoti's teacher. He encourages her to learn English, and remain unmarried even when her grandmother finds her a groom.  

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