Page 101. " a kindly tonga driver "

A tonga
GNU Free Documentation LicenseA tonga - Credit: Deeptrivia
A tonga is a method of transportation used in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and is a light carriage pulled by either one or two horses.  They are less common now than they used to be (pre-1980s) but are still popular today for pleasure rides, weddings and other social functions.   

Page 102. " the banks of the Jhelum River "

Jhelum River
Public DomainJhelum River
The Jhelum River flows through India and Pakistan.  It is about 480 miles long and is the largest of the five rivers of Punjab. 

Page 110. " Three weeks later Ash was in Bombay "

Ships in Bombay Harbour, 1731
Public DomainShips in Bombay Harbour, 1731 - Credit: Kensplanet
Bombay is a city in the state of Maharashtra, India, and is now known as Mumbai.  It has a population of around 14 million, making it one of the most populous cities in the world.  The city is the financial and commercial capital of India.  It is also home to India's film industry, Bollywood. 

Page 114. " his refusal to eat beef in any form (this was the last and strongest remnant of Sita's training) "

Sacred cow
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSacred cow - Credit: Himalayan Academy Publications

In Hinduism, as well as in several other religions, the cow is considered a sacred animal.  It has been a symbol of wealth since ancient times. 

Page 120. " a man-eating tiger "

Bengal Tiger
Public DomainBengal Tiger - Credit: Hollingsworth, John and Karen
There are many known instances of people being killed by tigers.  This has been a particularly big problem in India - however, the number of man-eating tigers has greatly decreased in the 21st century.


Page 120. " took seven wickets for sixteen in a house match, made a century at Lord's "

These are terms used in cricket. Cricket is a popular sport in many countries including England, Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa.  A cricket match takes place between two teams of eleven players - one team bats and attempts to score runs, while the other team bowls and fields. 

You can find more information on cricket at the following websites: