At a glance:
- Author: R. K. Narayan
- First Published: 1947
- Type of Plot: Social realism
- Time of Work: Probably the 1920’s and 1930’s
- Setting: Southern India
- Characters: The astrologer, His wife, Guru Nayak
- Genres: Social realism, Short fiction
- Subjects: Fortune-telling or fortune-tellers, India or East Indian people, Astrology or astrologers
- Locales: Asia, India
The story begins with a description of the place and environment in which the astrologer meets his clients and does his work. He begins his work every day at midday in a public place under a large tree that is close to a public park in his town. The place chosen for his work is generally full of people who pass by or gather there, such as customers attracted by vendors of nuts, sweetmeats, and other snacks. It is a place poorly lighted in the evening, and because the astrologer has no light of his own, he must depend on what light comes from the flickering lamps kept...
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