Fiendish Fridays is hosted here at She Reads Novels, profiling some of our favourite literary villains. You can see a complete list of previous Fiends and suggest one of your own here.
This week’s Fiend comes from one of my current reads – The Far Pavilions.
#3 – Friday 5 February 2010: Biju Ram
Name: Biju Ram (also known as Bichchhu-ji – the scorpion)
Appears in: The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
Who is he? Although he is officially an attendant of Lalji, the young heir to the throne of Gulkote, it is believed that Biju Ram is working for Lalji’s stepmother, the scheming Janoo-Rani.
What is he like? He wears a single diamond earring in one ear and has a distinctive giggling laugh.
What makes him a Friday Fiend? He has been an enemy of our hero, Ashton, for many years. As a child Ash was the target of his practical jokes and cruel comments. Biju Ram is also involved in two assassination plots (I won’t tell you if they were successful or not) and probably responsible for at least one murder.
Redeeming features: None. We see Biju Ram only from Ash’s point of view and Ash sees only the bad side of his character.