People were attracted to him as bees are attracted to cosmos or dahlia stalks.
Irony of fate:. The life of an ordinary man, when touched by fate, had altered dramatically. Astrologer in past was quarrelsome by nature. Once he had passed a knife through a stranger and taking him as death, he pushed him in a well. In the fear of being caught, he left his village and settled in the city as an astrologer.
He encounters the person, whom he had thought was dead. He could divert him from his search of him. The sense of relief that this unexpected series of event brought to him. I thought I had the blood of a man on my hands all these years. That was the reason why I ran from home, settled here, and married you.
He is alive. The author has used a simple language to throw light upon the life of lower class Indians. It shows how fate changes the life of a man dramatically. When the end arrives there is not just a sense of relief alone but also a sense of simple astonishment that is breathtaking. All the elements of the suspense have been linked properly. There is a sense of appreciation for the astrologer as he got rid of his enemy cunningly.
This is a fine suspense story. Unknown 20 June at They accept it as a gospel truth and never ask why some fortune tellers themselves fail to please angry stars. The very dealings of the astrologer with his customers are described thus: He had a working analysis of mankind's troubles: marriage, money, and the tangles of human ties.
Long practice had sharpened his perception…he told the person before him, gazing at his palm, "In many ways you are not getting the fullest results for your efforts," nine out of ten were disposed to agree with him.
Or he questioned: "Is there any woman in your family, maybe even a distant relative, who is not well disposed towards you? How can you be otherwise with Saturn where he is? You have an impetuous nature and a rough exterior. The Joy of Reading Literature,3 It was a stereotyped life for the astrologer which he enjoyed to the fall. The speciality of Narayan lies in the telling the readers about the life of an astrologer whose name is not even mentioned by the writer, even no details of his past life has been given.
It tends the readers to think that he must be an original inhabitant of this village.
The narrative of the story takes a turn when the astrologer encounters a stranger whom he finds a potential client. He tries to entice him through his usual methods: You look care worn. It will do you good to sit down for a while and chat with me. The Joy of Reading Literature, 4 The stranger is not an ordinary client; it is difficult for the astrologer to accept his conditions. The stranger wants something worthwhile from the astrologer. He has his own questions to ask and is ready to pay high fees for that but if the astrologer found bluffing, he would like to have his money back with interest.
The astrologer found himself caught in the tight situation. He knows that this visitor would lend him in trouble. He may be exposed and his little empire may crumble. He Vol. His self-confidence gives way and tries to wriggle out of the whole thing: The astrologer felt very uncomfortable. I am not used to such challenges. It is late for me today.
The other held his wrist and said: "You can't get out of it now. You dragged me in while I was passing.
I will speak to you tomorrow. Go on. It was a question of life and death for him.
An Astrologer's Day is a thriller, suspense short story by author R. K. Narayan. While it had been published earlier, it was the titular story of Narayan's fourth. Complete summary of R. K. Narayan's An Astrologer's Day. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of An Astrologer's Day. - (Masterplots II: Short.
But for the help of such experienced astrologer his mission would remain unfulfilled. After a brief talk, the astrologer suddenly realizes that the visitor belonged to the same place as he. They arrive at a deal and astrologer was to get handsome amount provided he satisfied the query of his client. The client had none of the usual problems of ill-health, poverty, unhappy married life etc. He was in search of the person who had attempted to kill him by throwing into the well.
Luckily his life was saved. He was burning to take revenge. The killer had run away from the village.
But he would carry on his efforts to find out his enemy from any corner of the world. The astrologer was a bit nervous but he planned everything properly.
A little carelessness on his part meant his life was to end quickly. The astrologer gives very authentic information, sometimes even before being asked, to his client which astonishes the client as well as the readers. The astrologer tells the visitor that: You were left for dead. Am I right? You were left for dead.
The visitor was impressed by his knowledge and accepted his defeat. When being asked by the stranger about the assailant, the astrologer informed him that the wicked person met a tragic end for he was crushed under a truck. He received due punishment for his evil deeds.
He also advised the astonished client not to come again here in future. It would be in his interest to confine himself to his native village only. He tells Guru about his past, how he was stabbed and left for dead. He also tells him to stop looking for the person who stabbed him and to return home quickly or he will be in danger of losing his life.
At the end of the night, the astrologer tells his wife how he earned the money and that he is relieved to know that the man he once thought he killed is still alive. Share this link with a friend: Copied! Other Related Materials 10 pages.