An Astrologer's Day

by R. K. Narayan
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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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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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An Astrologer's Day

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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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

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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An Astrologer's Day

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

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...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2021, 4:37 pm (UTC)

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An Astrologer's Day

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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An Astrologer's Day

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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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

"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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An Astrologer's Day

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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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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An Astrologer's Day

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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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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An Astrologer's Day

The astrologer comes home very late because he has had a very unusual experience with one of his customers. Although he has been delayed, he has won a bet and come home with extra coins, an...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2009, 8:05 pm (UTC)

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An Astrologer's Day

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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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

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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An Astrologer's Day

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 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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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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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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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 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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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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An Astrologer's Day

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

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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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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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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An Astrologer's Day

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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An Astrologer's Day

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...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2017, 11:39 am (UTC)

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The story opens with a description of the astrologer's so-called "professional equipment." It consists of ...a dozen cowrie shells, a square piece of cloth with obscure mystic charts on it, a...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2015, 12:11 am (UTC)

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One of the things we learn about the astrologer in Narayan's story is that he's not quite what he seems. Later on in the story, for instance, we will discover that, back in the day, he brutally...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2021, 8:36 am (UTC)

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The conclusion of “An Astrologer's Day” comes when the astrologer returns home to his wife and, after a quiet supper, explains to her in a few brief sentences the meaning of his meeting with the...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2011, 2:55 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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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 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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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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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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First of all, it will be hard to establish that the astrologer was in fact successful in his profession. The narrator says specifically that the astrologer is not a true astrologer: he had...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2011, 4:17 am (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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An Astrologer's Day

In the short story "An Astrologer's Day" by R. K. Narayan, a man who thinks he has committed murder leaves his home village, travels far away, and assumes the identity of an astrologer, even though...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2021, 4:29 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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After reading the story, one may conclude that the astrologer is resourceful, quick-witted, and charismatic. First, he manages to charm his customers by flattering them and appealing to their...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2017, 7:19 pm (UTC)

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In “An Astrologer's Day”, the eponymous astrologer realizes to his consternation that his latest customer happens to be the man he attacked and left for dead many years before. The astrologer tries...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2021, 6:19 am (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 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...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2013, 7:29 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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The marketplace and its vendors is described in fairly vivid detail in "An Astrologer's Day" by R. K. Narayan. India is often described by first time visitors as a place of many colors, smells and...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2016, 12:14 pm (UTC)

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