Dead and decaying things seemed to unloosen his tongue and fire his imagination, rather than things that lived and moved and swung their limbs. I had little to do as guide; he knew so much more of everything!
R.K. Narayan The Guide (Chennai: Indian Thought Publications, 1958) 81-82.
As part of teaching English literature - for the first time in my life - I am reading the novel The Guide by R. K. Narayan. I remember watching parts of the Hindi movie by the same name (the adaptation of the same), especially for some of its memorable songs. This afternoon I could not but be amused and bemused by these words and hence reproduced them above.
The maiden attempt at teaching Literature - or so, I claim - is quite a challenge and slowly getting a hang of it. Hope to get most of the text I'm to teach! As of now, I'm piloting a ship on stars. One may say that's the traditional way, but certainly not for one who has never boarded a ship or a boat all his life, never ever!