What is a summary of "An Astrologer's Day?"

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The short story "An Astrologer's Day" begins with a general description of an astrologer, who is one of many street vendors, except for the fact that he has a distinct aura of holiness and power. He is working in a busy, unnamed city, and the author establishes that, in reality, he is a charlatan with no special powers other than the keen ability to judge character. The astrologer is about to return to his home at the end of the day when he is stopped by an unusually aggressive customer. The customer insists that the astrologer tell him the truth about his life, and that if he does not, he should return his (the customer's) money, along with extra, as payment for having lied. The astrologer, realizing that he will most likely be exposed, tries to get out of the deal, but the customer is adamant.

The story takes an unexpected turn, when, unbeknownst to the customer, the astrologer recognizes him and tells him about something that happened in the past. Calling the customer by name, the astrologer recounts how the customer had once been stabbed and left for dead, but had been saved by a bystander. The astrologer tells the customer that he must stop looking for the man who stabbed him so long ago, because to do so would be dangerous, and anyway, the perpetrator is dead. The customer, not recognizing the astrologer, is impressed that he should know about his past.

When the astrologer goes home, his wife asks about his day. He tells her that he has been relieved of a great load; he had once thought that he had killed someone, but had today discovered that the victim was well and very much alive. The wife is mystified, but the astrologer goes to bed for an untroubled night of sleep.

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R. K. Narayan's short story "An Astrologer's Day" tells the story of an amateur astrologer who routinely sets out his charts in a public place in order to make a bit of money each day. One day, a man makes him an offer: The man, Guru Nayak, requests that his fee be doubled and returned if the information given by the astrologer is untrue. The astrologer is repulsed after catching a glimpse of the man's shroud-hidden face, but the astrologer accepts Guru Nayak's terms. To his client's amazement, the astrologer tells him that he had once been attacked and nearly killed with a knife. Nayak bares his chest to show the scars left by the knife. Next, the astrologer reveals Guru Nayak's name, which the man had not previously disclosed. The astrologer tells him not to worry: The man who assaulted him had been killed, and Guru Nayak could return home without fear. When the astrologer goes home, he tells his wife about Guru Nayak. It was the astrologer who had nearly killed Guru Nayak in a fight many years before, he admits, and he is glad that the man is still alive, since the astrologer had thought him long dead.

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In "An Astrologer's Day," the main character is an astrologer. This astrologer begins his work at midday on a street near a public park. Vendors are all around the astrologer. As he begins his day's work, he spreads out his professional looking equipment:

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.

The place the astrologer works is poorly lighted at night. He depends on the other vendors' lights to work throughout the evening. The astrologer has his clients to sit down and share details of their lives with him. The clients speak for ten minutes before the astrologer speaks. By this point, the astrologer has enough information to appear wise enough to tell fortunes:

He has a practical knowledge of the common problems of most people: “marriage, money, and the tangles of human ties.” His sharp eyes, used to scanning for customers, make people believe he has an unusual ability to tell people’s fortunes.

On this particular night, a man walks by and the astrologer perceives him to be a possible client. The astrologer insists that this stranger take time to have his fortune told. The stranger mocks the astrologer, insinuating that the astrologer is a fake. Finally, the astrologer and the man strike up a deal:

Guru Nayak, responds with a challenge: Would the astrologer tell him whether he, Guru Nayak, will be successful in a search he is carrying out, returning double the fee he has paid if the prediction cannot be made?

About this time, the stranger strikes a match for his cheroot. The astrologer recognizes the stranger as a man he once knew. He recognizes the stranger as Guru Nayak, a man the astrologer left for dead years ago. There had been an argument. The astrologer had stabbed Guru Nayak and left him for dead inside a well. 

Now, the astrologer realizes Guru is alive and well. The astrologer is in fear that Guru Nayak will recognize him. He decides to not read Guru Nayak's fortune. However, Guru Nayak will not take no for an answer now. Appearing to be a genuine astrologer, the astrologer proceeds to tell Guru Nayak what he wants to hear. He reminds him of the time long ago when he was stabbed and left for dead in a well. The astrologer even calls Guru Nayak by name. The astrologer seems to know what he is talking about. He adds that Guru Nayak's attacker was killed and assures Guru Nayak that his attacker exists no longer.

Guru Nayak is relieved. He believes the astrologer. He pays him extra money and goes on his way.

The astrologer gets home late. He meets his anxious wife at the door and shares the whole ordeal with his wife. He admits that he is relieved to know that he has not killed a man. He gives his wife the extra money Guru Nayak gave him.    

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- The question above has been asked from the story “An Astrologer’s Day” which has been written by the famous Indian writer and novelist Mr. R. K. Narayan. This is a fictional story about a man who had no future plans in life but to do only farming and living a simple ruler life (i.e. what his forefather used to do). But circumstances had made him leave his village and settle in a far off city. This village man had a unique quality; he had a working analysis of mankind’s troubles: marriages, money and tangles of human ties. This quality of him helped him to survive in this new world of his and raise his family. But to his great surprise, one day his past comes before him. The escape of the astrologer from his past has been described in simple language but in a humorous way and that’s what makes the very interesting.

 

 

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the short story "An Astrologer's Day" begins with a general description of an astrologer, who is one of many street vendors, except for the fact that he has a distinct aura of holiness and power. He is working in a busy, unnamed city, and the author establishes that, in reality, he is a charlatan with no special powers other than the keen ability to judge character. The astrologer is about to return to his home at the end of the day when he is stopped by an unusually aggressive customer. The customer insists that the astrologer tell him the truth about his life, and that if he does not, he should return his (the customer's) money, along with extra, as payment for having lied. The astrologer, realizing that he will most likely be exposed, tries to get out of the deal, but the customer is adamant. 

The story takes an unexpected turn, when, unbeknownst to the customer, the astrologer recognizes him and tells him about something that happened in the past. Calling the customer by name, the astrologer recounts how the customer had once been stabbed and left for dead, but had been saved by a bystander. The astrologer tells the customer that he must stop looking for the man who stabbed him so long ago, because to do so would be dangerous, and anyway, the perpetrator is dead. The customer, not recognizing the astrologer, is impressed that he should know about his past. 

When the astrologer goes home, his wife asks about his day. He tells her that he has been relieved of a great load; he had once thought that he had killed someone, but had today discovered that the victim was well and very much alive. The wife is mystified, but the astrologer goes to bed for an untroubled night of sleep.

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The astrologer punctually arrives at his makeshift office, at midday. His office is located under the branches of a tamarind tree in Town Hall Park. It is lighted by the sputtering flare of the vendor next door and the lights of the shops nearby. His office is shared by medicine-sellers, stolen junk vendors, magicians, a noisy cloth seller, and a vendor of fried groundnuts. His office equipment is comprised of a dozen cowrie shells, a piece of cloth painted with obscure mystic charts, a notebook, and a bundle of palmyra writing. His work uniform consists of a saffron-colored turban around his head, beneath which his forehead is painted with sacred ash and vermilion. A dark beard adorns his cheeks and chin.

Despite the enigmatic costume, it is his eyes that draw his customers to him, like.....bees. he never knew of Astrology ,he just knew the basics .He got perfection in mankind’s problems such as marriage,money,etc.out of 10 he convinced 9 people and also he never opened his mouth till the person in front   has spoken at least for 10 mins bcoz of that he got a roughe idea about the problems of the person, he charge 3 pies for a question. if anyone asks him he says ur getting troubles due to Saturn also bcoz of Saturn ur not getting the total benefit for pleasing his customers he said ur hard from outside but ur very soft from inside ur like a coconut.

One day when the astrologer was about to leave he was winding up at that time 1 person came to him and asked for his fortune this man was different he wanted to prove that he was a fake astrologer .they both begun to argue than the astrologer saw the man’s face by the matchlight and he came to know he was his freind .the astrologer remembered that he only was his friend whom he tried to kill so the astrologer was scared so he tried to get out of it but his friend was not knowing that the astrologer is his friend .

Than the astrologer started to say his friend about his past and he told that u must not go far away from your village  bcoz if u do so ur life has a risk and the guy tried to kill u is dead .than his friend gave him 12 and a half anna by saying that it was 1ruppe

 

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