Saranjit is a secondary character, but a lot of fun to write. She and Maida have very little in common. And what they do have in common is bound to cause trouble. I only did some of the ten "character building questions" this time because Saranjit doesn't show up nearly as often as some of the other characters.
I've been back and forth a lot on the subject of accents for this book. In my head, half of the characters sound like they're from East London. Figuring out how to convey that without being illegible (or condescending) is a challenge. I've dialled back the spelling changes to minimum levels (one step above not having them at all) and I'm going to try that for a while. Originally I wanted the upper class characters (like Saranjit here) to have some other accent altogether. Not upper class English (offworlders like Maida are the only ones who get to speak "standard" English, since their dialect is old fashioned), but something else. Jamaican? Indian? Neither of those will work, though. I may need to make up something completely fake. The upper classes of this society once spoke overseas English or English as a second language, but by the time of this story they are a wholly new culture that we don't have in 2015. For now, Saranjit gets to speak Estuary English like the rest of her classmates.