Page 228. " I became a proofreader for The Times of India.' "

The Times of India is a popular English-language broadsheet newspaper in India. In 2008 it had a circulation of 3,14 million and was certified as the world's largest selling English-language daily newspaper.

Page 229. " W.B. Yeats "

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939) was an Irish poet and dramatist, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.

His most famous works include The Tower (1928) and Cathleen Ní Houlihan (1902). Yeats was interested in mysticism, but a large percentage of his work also reflected the beautiful Irish countryside where he grew up.

In 1932 he founded the Irish Academy of Letters, and shortly before his death he published The Oxford Book of Modern Verse (1936).

Some of the last lines he wrote before dying were:

Cast a cold eye 

On life, on death. 

Horseman; pass by!"

If you are interested in learning more about W.B Yeats then the Yeats Society Sligo is a fantastic place to look.


Page 229. " an editorial about a State Assembly member "

State Assembly members are elected representatives of each Indian State. There are normally between four and nine State Assembly members for each Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha (The Indian Parliament, also known as The House of the People).

State Assembly members must be Indian citizens over the age of 25. They are voted in for a term of five years, but this can be extended by six months if necessary.

The State Assembly members have the power to make laws in all areas where the Parliament cannot legislate. These include policing, agriculture and public health.

Page 230. " All things fall and are built again, and those that build them again are gay "


Lapis Lazuli Stone
GNU Free Documentation LicenseLapis Lazuli Stone - Credit: Kluka, Wikimedia

A quote from the poem Lapis Lazuli by William Butler Yeats.


I HAVE heard that hysterical women say

They are sick of the palette and fiddle-bow.

Of poets that are always gay,

For everybody knows or else should know

That if nothing drastic is done Aeroplane and Zeppelin will come out.

Pitch like King Billy bomb-balls in

Until the town lie beaten flat.


All perform their tragic play,

There struts Hamlet, there is Lear,

That's Ophelia, that Cordelia;

Yet they, should the last scene be there,

The great stage curtain about to drop,

If worthy their prominent part in the play,

Do not break up their lines to weep.

They know that Hamlet and Lear are gay;

Gaiety transfiguring all that dread.

All men have aimed at, found and lost;

Black out; Heaven blazing into the head:

Tragedy wrought to its uttermost.

Though Hamlet rambles and Lear rages,

And all the drop-scenes drop at once

Upon a hundred thousand stages,

It cannot grow by an inch or an ounce.



On their own feet they came, or On shipboard,'

Camel-back; horse-back, ass-back, mule-back,

Old civilisations put to the sword.

Then they and their wisdom went to rack:

No handiwork of Callimachus,

Who handled marble as if it were bronze,

Made draperies that seemed to rise

When sea-wind swept the corner, stands;

His long lamp-chimney shaped like the stem

Of a slender palm, stood but a day;

All things fall and are built again,

And those that build them again are gay.



Two Chinamen, behind them a third,

Are carved in lapis lazuli,

Over them flies a long-legged bird,

A symbol of longevity;

The third, doubtless a serving-man,

Carries a musical instrument.


Every discoloration of the stone,

Every accidental crack or dent,

Seems a water-course or an avalanche,

Or lofty slope where it still snows

Though doubtless plum or cherry-branch

Sweetens the little half-way house

Those Chinamen climb towards,

and I Delight to imagine them seated there;

There, on the mountain and the sky,

On all the tragic scene they stare.

One asks for mournful melodies;

Accomplished fingers begin to play.

Their eyes mid many wrinkles, their eyes,

Their ancient, glittering eyes, are gay.

Page 240. " A few students were gathered around the carrom board. "

Carrom Board
GNU Free Documentation LicenseCarrom Board - Credit: Timendum, Wikimedia
Carrom is a table-top game similar to pool or snooker, but using counters instead of balls. The aim of the game is to pot your nine "carrom-men" into the corner pockets before your opponent. The "carrom men" counters are usually flicked with the fingers, but variations have now developed which use cues.


Page 247. " under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act. "

The Maintenance of Internal Security Act was passed in 1971. It gave Indian law enforcement agencies the power to detain individuals and seize property without a warrant.

The law was controversial because of its disregard for civil liberties. It was overturned in 1977 by the Janata Party, but a report by Amnesty International found that many people were still unlawfully imprisoned in 1978.