An Astrologer's Day

by R. K. Narayan

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Where was Guru Nayak in "An Astrologer's Day"?

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The astrologer is working in a public place. At midday, he takes out his professional equipment:

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 astrologer meets Guru Nayak in the evening at dark. He is next to a public park. There are vendors all around him. There are people passing by:

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.

In the evening, the place is poorly lighted. The astrologer has to use the lighting from vendors who are next to him. As Guru Nayak passes, the astrologer cannot tell who Guru Nayak is because the setting is poorly lighted:  

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 by neighboring vendors; a dully lighted, murky place is best for his purpose.

The astrologer strikes up a conversation with Guru Nayak and sees him as a potential client. The astrologer tries to ensnare Guru Nayak. He uses his tools of the trade to capture Guru Nayak's interest:

Later, with nightfall approaching, he begins preparing to go home when, all of a sudden, he beholds a man standing in front of him. In the exchange of talk that ensues, the astrologer carefully tries to spread the net of his craft around the client,

After Guru Nayak lights a match to light his cheroot, the astrologer realizes who Guru is. He tries to back out of the deal, but Guru Nayak is determined to have his fortune told. In the end, the astrologer tells Guru what he wants to hear and all is well. 

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