Page 416. " jade-handled daggers, scimitars, swords "
Public DomainScimitar - Credit: Mizunoryu, Wikimedia

A scimitar is a sword with a curved blade, normally of Middle East or South Asian origin.

The scimitar was often used in combat on horseback, as the blade is lightweight and the curve makes it easier to slash opponents than a straight sword.

Page 416. " in that old film, Mughal-e-Azam "

Mughal-e-Azam is an epic Hindi film which was released in 1960. The film is loosely based on the life of Emperor Jahangir, who reigned from 1608 to 1627. It was a lavish production which took nine years to complete and cost an estimated Rs 10.5 million. On release, it broke Indian box office records to become the highest grossing Indian film ever.

Page 419. " radio played soft sarangi music "

The sarangi is a short-necked string instrument from the Indian subcontinent, carved from a single block of wood.

Its name is derived from the Hindu words: sau (meaning "hundred") and rang (meaning "colour"), as the range of sounds produced is said to be as expressive as a hundred colours.

The sarangi is said to be the hardest Indian instrument to master, and a properly tuned instrument will hum and buzz, with echo-like resonances.

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Page 424. " In Lord Ram's place, I would run straight back to the forest "

Lord Ram is one of the most commonly worshipped Hindu Gods. His story is told in the Sanskrit epic, Ramayana, written in 4 BC by the saint Valmiki. Lord Ram is said to have rescued his wife, Sita, after she was kidnapped by the evil demon, Ravana.

Lord Ram is always pictured holding a bow and arrow, indicating his readiness to destroy evil, and he is thought of as being male perfection.