Ashima Bhaduri Ganguli—Gogol's mother.
Ashoke Ganguli—Gogol's father.
Gogol (Nikhil) Ganguli—protagonist.
Sonia Gangoli—Gogol's younger sister.
Patty—nurse who helps Ashima with first birth.
Gosh—man who dies in the train.
Maya Nandi and Dilip Nandi—among the first Bengali friends that Ashima and
Ashoke make in the United States.
Alan Montgomery and Judy Montgomery—Ashoke and Ashima live in the basement of the
Montgomery's house and represent typical 1960s hippies.
Mrs. Lapidus—principal at Gogol's school who insists on calling him Gogol.
Maxine Ratliff—Gogol has a long-term relationship with Maxine before marrying Moushumi.
Lydia Ratliff and Gerald Ratliff—Maxine's parents.
Donald and Astrid—friends of Moushumi.
Moushumi Mazoomdar—Bengalese woman who marries Gogol.
Rina Mazoomdar—Moushumi's mother.
Shubir Mazoomdar—Moushumi's father.
Graham—Moushumi's fiancé who left her right before their wedding.
Dimitri Desjardins—man with whom Moushumi has an affair after she is
married to Gogol.
Hank and Edith—Maxine's grandparents who live on a New Hampshire lake.
Bridget—married woman with whom Gogol has a brief affair before he marries Moushumi.