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An Astrologer's Day

After recognizing the stranger as a man whom he tried to murder years earlier, the astrologer advises, Listen carefully to what I have to say. Your village is two day’s journey due north of this...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2021 6:59 pm UTC

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An Astrologer's Day

In "An Astrologer's Day," the main character is the astrologer. He is an ordinary man who practices to be a genuine astrologer. At midday, he begins his job by seeking out people who need to know...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2012 3:26 pm UTC

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An Astrologer's Day

In “An Astrologer’s Day,” by R. K. Narayan, the astrologer is a calm, observant and deceptive character who we find at the end lives in fear every day of his life. This is true of his identity and...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2010 11:41 pm UTC

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In the short story “An Astrologer's Day,” the protagonist pretends to be a diviner who reads the stars in order to tell people their fortunes. The statement He was as much a stranger to the stars...

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The astrologer's "professional equipment" is itemized in the first sentence of the story. ...he opened his bag and spread out his professional equipment, which consisted of a dozen cowrie shells,...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2015 10:40 pm UTC

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The astrologer is portrayed as a man who has always had to live by his own wits and on his luck. He pretends to be a learned astrologer, but He was as much a stranger to the stars as were his...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2016 1:04 pm UTC

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I have altered your question to read, "What would the astrologer have done if he had not left his village?" We know that the astrologer had to leave his village, and much of the story is about what...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2015 10:58 pm UTC

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The astrologer is in danger of being killed because his customer, Guru Nakak, is looking for him but doesn't recognize him because of several factors. For one thing, many years have passed since...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2013 8:50 pm UTC

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The short story "An Astrologer's Day" by R. K. Narayan tells of a man who takes up the occupation of astrologer in an Indian town far from his home village. Long ago, when he was young, he thought...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2020 5:29 pm UTC

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"An Astrologer's Day" is a short story written by R. K. Narayan from his larger collection of the same title. The story takes place in a city in India, and although the city is never explicitly...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019 12:33 am UTC

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The astrologer is an impressive character. As the narrator says, if he had stayed in his village ...he would have carried on the work of his forefathers--namely, tilling the land, living,...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2016 3:18 pm UTC

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The astrologer rescues himself from Guru Nayak's revenge by lying to him. Essentially, the astrologer uses his position as a social influencer to give his lie the weight of authority. In the story,...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2019 5:25 pm UTC

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An Astrologer's Day

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...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2012 12:10 am UTC

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One lesson to be learned from "An Astrologer's Day" is that there are many poor and ignorant underprivileged people who have hidden talents which can blossom if their circumstances change. The...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2015 7:12 am UTC

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The astrologer usually begins his day's business at noon or midday, as the story goes. According to the text, the astrologer is always punctual; this means that, at exactly the same time each day,...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2018 5:12 pm UTC

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The astrologer explains to his wife why he ran away from his village. "Do you know a great load is gone from me today? I thought I had the blood of a man on my hands all these years. That was the...

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The astrologer did not consider himself an authentic astrologer. He was not a man who could really read the stars and fortunes of his clients. He had run away from his homeland and now he had to...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2011 8:32 am UTC

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The astrologer cannot give the stranger any precise details about his—the astrologer's—past for the simple reason that, as the astrologer learns to his horror, the stranger is the very same man he...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019 6:00 am UTC

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Each day at midday, the astrologer opened up his packet of professional equipment. This convinced his customers that he was for real. He had all the things a professional astrologer would use. The...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2012 9:05 pm UTC

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In "An Astrologer's Day," irony is ever present. Narayan achieved consistency in his ironic tale. Nayak spends so much of his life searching for the man who had attacked him years ago, only to not...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2012 5:33 pm UTC

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But that was not to be. He had to leave home without telling anyone, and he could not rest till he left it behind a couple of hundred miles. To a villager it is a great deal, as if an ocean...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2011 4:46 am UTC

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The astrologer has chosen to conduct his business under the tamarind tree because it flanked a path running through the Town Hall Park. It was a remarkable place in many ways: a surging crowd was...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2013 6:49 pm UTC

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Guru Nayak forces the astrologer to come to terms with his violent, criminal past. Guru approaches the astrologer wishing to discover the identity of the man who, many years before, stabbed him,...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2019 9:24 am UTC

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There are many ironic aspects to "An Astrologer's Day." For example, it is ironic that Guru Nayak should end up paying the astrologer to tell him where to find the man he is looking for, when the...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2015 6:37 pm UTC

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What is most effective about "An Astrologer's Day" is not what might be called the "manifest" story but the background story. The story about the encounter with Guru Nayak makes it dramatic, but...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2015 8:26 pm UTC

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The astrologer carries a great burden of guilt for many years. He thinks that he committed a murder long ago, because he stabbed his acquaintance and then took steps to ensure that the latter would...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2018 9:11 pm UTC

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If the astrologer had not left his village he would have been a humble peasant. According to the text: He had left his village without any previous thought or plan. If he had continued there he...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2015 10:09 pm UTC

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An Astrologer's Day

“An Astrologers’s Day” is an appropriate title for R. K. Narayan’s short story, especially because this is a man who lives from day to day. He never knows what is going to happen to him tomorrow,...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2015 10:11 pm UTC

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Guru Nayak does not recognize the astrologer for two reasons. One is that the astrologer has changed his appearance. The other is that the light is not only dim but undependable. His forehead was...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2015 11:07 pm UTC

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For some years Guru Nayak has been searching for the man posing as the astrologer. It was not a strange coincidence, but a strong likelihood that Guru Nayak would eventually come into contact with...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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All of the description of the lighting is intended to make it plausible that the customer who comes to the astrologer late at night would not recognize him as the man who stabbed him and left him...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2015 11:16 pm UTC

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The astrologer in Narayan's story plies his trade in a street where there are many different trades and occupations. As well as medicine-sellers and vendors of stolen items and junk, there are...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2021 11:33 am UTC

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Fate refers to the development and occurrence of events beyond a person's control and is normally regarded as being determined by a supernatural power, such as a god, that is believed to control a...

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The astrologer's day begins at approximately noon and does not end until he gets home at nearly midnight. He has a hard time earning a living because so many of the people who spend their time...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016 3:03 pm UTC

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Whether the astrologer deserves every bit of his wages is a matter of opinion. The anonymous narrator of the story is evidently expressing the astrologer's opinion rather than his own. He was as...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016 10:37 pm UTC

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The astrologer has chosen the spot under the tamarind tree mainly because it has a lot of foot traffic passing by it all day and into the night. The spot is flanked by a path running through the...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2015 8:49 pm UTC

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I felt gratified that the astrologer had gotten rid of his guilt and fear and had managed to earn a little extra money that day. I was struck by the picture of the simple lives these people lead....

Latest answer posted June 23, 2015 10:51 pm UTC

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"An Astrologer's Day" is set in India. It is set in a city, but readers are not told what city. However, Narayan created an imaginary city named Malgudi, and it is possible, even likely, that this...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2009 4:17 am UTC

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In the story "An Astrologer's Day," the main character is a man who works as an astrologer. He claims to be authentic. He has all the equipment that an astrologer would use. He begins his work at...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2012 4:16 pm UTC

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It's late in the day, and the astrologer is reluctantly giving Guru Nayak a reading. He recognizes the man as the very same person he attacked and threw down a well many years before, leaving him...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2020 11:00 am UTC

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In “The Astrologer’s Story,” the title character portrays himself as a mystical, humble man in order to attract customers. He looks and dresses the part of a fortune teller, a person imbued with...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2021 2:16 pm UTC

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The protagonist in "An Astrologer's Day" is an interesting character because he is a survivor. He came to the big city from one of the many small villages in India and had to find some way to exist...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2016 5:32 pm UTC

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One of the characteristics of R. K. Narayan's writing style is subtle and ironic humor. As we follow the astrologer through what he believes is just another day as an astrologer, we find, along...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2011 11:17 pm UTC

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The astrologer is married and has one small child. Their dwelling is not described in detail, but it may consist of a single room in a poor neighborhood. The astrologer must work hard just to earn...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2015 12:41 pm UTC

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Astrology is a pseudo-science. No one can tell anything about human affairs from reading the stars. The stars are millions of light years away. They have nothing to do with our lives, in spite of...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2015 11:05 pm UTC

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As fate would have it, the astrologer meets with his long time enemy. While Guru Nayak does not recognize the astrologer, the astrologer definitely recognizes Guru Nayak. Guru Nayak is a man that...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2012 4:08 pm UTC

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The astrologer and his wife appear to have a close relationship. No doubt the astrologer shares almost everything with her. They lead a very simple life. He brings home money every night and...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2015 11:36 pm UTC

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This is a difficult comparison. Surely being left for dead significantly alters a person's inner character. This raises the question: Is what we see of Guru Nayak his true nature or the...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2011 12:54 pm UTC

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The astrologer is a survivor. He showed his strong temper in stabbing Guru Nayak back at their village and leaving him for dead. We get the impression that the other man is bigger, stronger, and...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2015 3:25 pm UTC

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I would argue that there are five things the astrologer tells the man in response to his query, and another thing that he should have told the man, but fails to. First, he tells his client the...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2020 12:01 pm UTC

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