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Samad meets Archie during WWII at age nineteen. This is the foundational moment in their friendship.
In 1973, Samad immigrates to England and settles in London.
He waits until the 1970s to be married to Alsana Begum, per an arrangement by their families.
Samad has two sons with Alsana: Magid and Millat.
In 1984, he has an affair with the boys' music teacher, Poppy Burt-Jones. As a reaction to his failings as a husband and as a Muslim, he sends Magid to Bangladesh. He hopes that he will live according to tradition and religion. He doesn't. Neither does Millat.
Samad spends countless hours at O'Connell's with Archie.
In 1992, at Marcus Chalfen's FutureMouse exhibition, Samad realizes that his friendship with Archie is built on a lie.
At the same moment, Millat fires a bullet in a room full of people.