Sekhar is a teacher who decides to spend at least one day a year telling the complete truth, regardless of consequences. He feels that if he cannot muster up the courage to live one day per year without lying, even if those lies spare others' feelings, then "life is not worth living." Thus, he excitedly embarks on his great experiment.
His first test comes at breakfast. When his wife serves him what she believes is her "culinary masterpiece," Sekhar tells her that the food is so terrible that he cannot eat it. His wife winces, but Sekhar reminds her that "truth is like the sun," painful to look at directly but necessary for life.
At work, a colleague tells him that a man they know has died. When he asks for Sekhar's reaction, Sekhar replies that the man was "a mean and selfish brute," which is a shocking comment toward the recently deceased.
After school ends, Sekhar is asked to report to the office of his headmaster. The man has been taking music lessons and wants Sekhar to provide him with some honest feedback, which is particularly valuable because Sekhar is known as a great music critic. In exchange for his time, the headmaster offers Sekhar additional time to grade the recent papers he has collected from his students.
As the headmaster begins singing, Sekhar is appalled by the man's lack of talent. He compares the headmaster's voice to "frogs" and "a buffalo." When the music ends, Sekhar tries to delay his feedback for a day; after all, he only has to tell the complete truth for this one day and the next day, he could lie to his boss about the performance.
The headmaster insists on immediate feedback, so Sekhar tells him that his talents are so bad that there is "absolutely" no point in continuing with the lessons he has been taking. The headmaster thanks him for the feedback but then insists that he score all one hundred student papers in a single day. Sekhar feels that such punishment is a "small price to pay" for the "luxury" of speaking the truth.