''im not lying papa, honest''- meena is in trouble and the fact that she can feel ''threads of beady sweat and fear'' suggests she is quite scared of her father.
''smoking like a fat mans cigar''- shows that meena has a good imagination by saying this about the chimneys.
''a row of terraced houses''- this tells us the houses must be quite small and two up, two downs.
''abandoned agricultural machinery''- suggests that nobody has worked for a long time.
''gloomy and roomy''- suggests it is quite a scary place to be.
''set apart from the main road''- suggests that rich peoples must have lived there because its apart from the rest.
chapter 2 meenas mother
''you know what she will say, i can make this cheaper at home''- shes saying that she knows her mother well.
''she could rustle up a hot, heartwarming meal''- her mother is quite passionate about her home cooking and doesnt like bought food.
''indian houses in which case was always in''- they dont really go out they celebrate by going to each others houses.
''my parents always wore there smartest clothes''- they want to look presentable and nice wherever they go.
''mummy sobs'', ''bloody fed up''- shows her mother is homesick and is fed up of english life.
''you wanted this house remember that''- papa is shouting because they are fed up of the house.
chapter 3 Anita
''**** of our yard''- this suggests that she is the one they look upto and is like the leader of the girls.
''****** off cherub''- this is suggesting that she is quite a hard faced girl.
''foghorn voice''- suggests she has a loud voice to control people.
''snatched the bag off me''- suggests she is rude and doesnt care about things.
''yow''- the birmingham accent in the 60s.
''what you got''- shows she isnt very well educated.
''go on i dare yow soft old sod''- she isnt very polite to the elders and people.
''yow am a bloody cow sometimes''- meena insults her for sticking up for sam at the fete.
chapter 7 sunil
''nowadays she seemed to exist in self contained world of nappies''- she is too busy with sunil to look after herself and everybody else.
''i cant cope anymore shyam''- shes missing india and cant cope.
''give him away to the sunshine orphanage in cannock''- meena doesnt like him and feels threatened by him.
''if a brown or black face ever did appear on tv it stopped us all in our tracks''- immigrants not represented in the media and is unusual to see a coloured face.
''i have never seen mama looking so fresh and girlish'', ''it struck me how lonely she must have been'', ''i vowed i would never leave her''- meena comes to value the meaning of her family more and realises how sad her mother must have been.
''it felt strange to hear punjab under the stars''- when nanima talks of the punjab, meena gets curious.
''it was all falling into place now...before nanima arrived, this urge to reinvent myself...was driven by shame, the shame i felt when we did india at school''- meena no longer needs to hide who she is.
''i found myself doing jobs i had run away from just a few weeks earlier''- meena wants to help around the house whereas before she would want to be with anita.
chapter 8 nanima
''i admired this mad logic''- she is like an older meena who likes to tell stories and she enjoys her cuddles.
''your nanima has come to see you''- she has come to see sunil and heal the family .
''int she sweet'', ''lovely colour''-the villagers like her even though they do not understand her.
''i desperatley wanted to visit india and claim some of this magic as my own''-she tells meena stories from india that make meena want to visit.
''since nanimas arrival we had fallen into a comfortable routine''-she sends order around the house, takes care of sunil and they spend diwali together.
''the house would be warm and delicious smelling''- she makes the house more homely and comfortable again.