Page 679. " one of his many heroes, James Graham, Marquis of Montrose "

James Graham
Public DomainJames Graham - Credit: Adam sk
James Graham was a Scottish soldier and poet who fought for Charles I in Scotland.  He was born in 1612 and in 1626 he inherited the earldom of Montrose from his father. The lines “He either fears his fate too much, Or his deserts are small, That puts it not unto the touch, To win or lose it all” which are quoted in The Far Pavilions are from his poem 'My Dear and Only Love'.  He was hanged in 1850, aged 37.

A biography of James Graham


Page 685. " pick and wash the mangoes "

GNU Free Documentation LicenseMangoes - Credit: Gnt
The mango is a fruit indigenous to India.  Although they are now also grown in other parts of the world, almost half of the world's mangoes are still cultivated in India. 

Mangoes are an important part of South Asian cuisine.  As well as being eaten as a fresh ripe fruit, sour mangoes can be used to make chutneys and pickles.  They can also be used in drinks, cereals and curries.

Page 699. " the Salt Ranges of Kundian "

The Salt Range
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Salt Range - Credit: Khalid Mahmood
Kundian is a town in the Punjab (a province of Pakistan).  The nearby hill system known as the Salt Range contains a number of salt mines which yield a large amount of rock salt.