Oooh, I think I have The God of Small Things on my shelf. I’ll have to pick it up.
And I hear you on the asking questions in class! Our classes have these “clicker” things for asking the students questions during class (keep them awake, instant feedback for us, etc.), and I want to use them when teaching this fall, but coming up with questions is difficult. I’m not particularly good at writing good exam questions, either.