“The compartment built to seat ‘8 passengers; 4 British Troops, or 6 Indian Troops’ now carried only nine.”
I laughed when I read this. It’s humorous, and it also succinctly demonstrates an aspect of social inequality right in the opening paragraphs. It really sets up a major theme of the story, which deals with different perceptions of societal inequality and bullying.
Narayan, R.K. “Fellow-Feeling.” Malgudi Days. New York: Penguin Classics, 2006. Print. p.40
Shall I take the dust from your feet, O Holy Brahmin ? Oh, Brahmin, Brahmin.” He continued in a sing-song fashion : ” Your days are over, my dear sir, learn that. I should like to see you trying a bit of bossing on us.” (54).
Narayan R.K. “Malgudi Days: Fellow Feeling” . Internet Archive. https://archive.org/stream/astrologersday035473mbp/astrologersday035473mbp_djvu.txt
Narayan is making a statement to the Brahmins who are the upper class within the Indian caste system. He makes the language seem song like especially the message when he state that their days are over. The lower class are finally standing up to the upper class and they are saying that times are changing- it is time for a change to stop bossing them around. Shall I take the dust from your feet O Holy Brahmin is clearly sarcastic since the untouchables are the ones who clean up the dirty work such as latrines etc.