These small people of Narayan’s books, earning petty sums from petty jobs, and comforted and ruled by ritual, seem oddly insulated from history. Guru Nayak is completely stumped. He had left his village stealthily without any previous thought or plan. Badal Kumar Pal said: His attitude towards them is always expository in the sense that he explains and exhibits them to an outside world. The narration continues at its normal expected pace until an unusual client appears in the scene to consult the astrologer when the astrologer was packing up his astrology paraphernalia and was ready to call it a day. The story begins with a description of the place and environment in which the astrologer meets his clients and does his work.
May 24, at 3: This episode leaves us with new-found admiration for the astrologer. Answers come with explanations, so that you can learn. It is really very helpful…. This client was no usual casual client wanting temporary respite but had specific questions and challenged the astrologer to provide specific answers.
It was complete and always there, waiting for him; and it was far enough away from the center of things for outside disturbances to die down before they could get to it.
Narayan wrote in English about Indian life. Archana, your blog is awesum n it has helpd me a lot wid my project. March 26, at 7: The boughs of the expositoy tamarind tree, the surging crowd moving up and down the narrow road morning till night, the variety of traders- medicine sellers, sellers of stolen hardware and junk, magicians, auctioneers of cheap cloth, and vendors of fried groundnut- vociferously vying with each other to attract the crowd created a remarkable work place for the astrologer.
Inspite of all the changing background the text, apart from the various incidents he puts down dutifully, is mostly about India, Indians and himself, and not about America itself.
Upon reading a manuscript of Swami and Friendswhich was Narayan’s first novel, Greene was sufficiently impressed to recommend it to Hamish Hamilton for publication, and one could argue that it was this that launched Narayan’s career in the West. He truly possessed his world.
August 5, at July 15, at Naik 2 has appended a map of Malgudi in his book ‘The Ironic Vision’ based on the various descriptions of the town to be found in all his stories. The critical scene which drives the plot ahead: Even though we may harbour doubts about their knowledge of stars, we do feel tempted to consult them to know what future has in store for us!
Narayan has ever created. With experience, he has learned the tricks of the trade. Astrologees York Review of Books, March 4, The man demands the astrologer astrologeds him something worthwhile about his future. All others transacting their business nearby are there to create the right atmosphere and provide the setting necessary for the development of the plot. Till the time the reader encounters Guru Nayak, the description given of the astrologer is that of any roadside astrologer in a town.
Mysore had a Hindu maharajah. August 25, at 9: Though it is the story of a particular incident in the life of an astrologer, the major part of the story describes a day in the life of an astrologer in India who sits on the pavement to read palms to tell the future of men.
The man transacts his business purely on his wits and the ignorance of his clients. Secker and Warburg, London.
English – International Academy of Science
Narayan on Graham Greene’s suggestion. He had left his village stealthily without any previous thought or plan.
The astrologer conducts his business by the “light of a flare which is crackled and smoked up above the groundnut heap nearby” once darkness descends. But exposiotry always had its rebirth and growth. The story builds up certain suspense in the mind of the readers regarding the circumstances that had compelled the protagonist to leave his village all of a sudden without any plan or preparation and take to astrology to eke out a living in astrologets town. Narayan – a Tribute ]. There is no true suffering, and rebirth is almost magical.
An Astrologer’s Day
Thanks archana for making such an excellen note Reply. The astrologer recognized him but the he could not recognize his assailant in the garb of epository astrologer.
Short stories Story from the Collection: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The astrologer had left his home under mysterious circumstances and did not rest till he covered a couple of astrologdrs miles. He plays a pivotal role in the development and climax of the plot.