I'm compiling a List of books - not necessarily 10 therein - which many learned would not have missed. And to say whoever has not read the ones in the List is not learned is also not correct!
I've read " how to appear learned without really reading all" by the Indian author Khushwant Singh and this enables me walk with my head straight among the literati.
There is the cemetery nearby. One more dead body arriving; their kith and kin weeping, sobbing. For the keeper it's business as usual; arranging space for its burial...The evening giving way to night. In the dead of night I hear the sound of the bodies turning in their graves! Will-o-the-wisp and jack-o-lantern dancing making it a Walpergis Night orgy! Even the bravest will shudder; but not the Keeper!
I started the hurly-burly of life with joining a school in a town. I was made to comit tables by heart; the Head Mitress was a strict disciplinarian. She surprised me with her oration in both English and Malayalam. I was wondering how her head was carrying so much knowledge. This well before coming across Wordsworth's 'Village School Teacher!"
I wished to fly on a plane. The rare sight of a plane from the town where I lived as a child was a treat to the eyes though the aircraft was barely visible; playing truant oftentimes coversd by the clouds. ( This was in Kerala [India] A place known for its monsoon clouds.)