In the novel, Gandhi is assassinated the day that "The Lovers of Kashmir" premieres, but Saleem openly admits to getting this chronology wrong.
Language marches block off Methwold's estate in Feb 1957
"The love of Pia and Nayyar, against a background of Dal Lake and ice-blue Kashmiri sky, expressed itself in kisses applied to cups of pink Kashmiri tea" (162)
: “my father’s hand—walloping my ear in (conscious? Unintentional?) imitation of another, bodiless hand, which once hit him full in the face” (191)
"There was no escape from recurrence" (326).
“ ‘A new beginning,’ Amina said, “Inshallah, we shall all be new people now” (353).
“Pakistan fell in love with a fifteen-year-old girl whom it had only ever glimpsed through a gold-and-white perforated sheet” (359).
"After that there is only a tiny but infinite moment of clarity while I tumble forwards to prostrate myself before my parents' funeral pyre" (392).