“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