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'An astrologer's day ' and Others Stories

R.K. Narayan

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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 collection of short stories published in 1947 by Indian Thought Publications. It was the first chapter of the world famous collection of stories Malgudi Days which was later telecasted on television in 2006.Fallon and et al. described the work as "a model of economy without leaving out the relevant detail." Themes found in An Astrologer's Day recur frequently throughout Narayan's work. The story was adapted into a 2019 Kannada movie Gara. 

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" An astrologer day "

29 October 2023
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Punctually at midday he opened his bag and spread out his professional equipment,  Punctually at midday he opened his bag and spread out his professional equipment,   which consisted of a dozen cow

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THE MISSION MAIL

29 October 2023
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THOUGH his beat covered Vinayak Mudali Street and its four parallel roads, it took him nearly six hours before he finished his round and returned to the head office in Market Road to deliver a

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THE DOCTOR'S WORD

29 October 2023
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PEOPLE came to him when the patient was on his last legs. Dr. Raman often burst out, " Why couldn't you have come a day earlier ? " The reason was obvious visiting fee twenty-five rupees, and

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GATEMAN'S GIFT

30 October 2023
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WHEN a dozen persons question openly or slyly a man's sanity, he begins to entertain serious doubts himself. This is what happened to ex-gateman Govind Singh. And you could not blame the p

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THE ROMAN IMAGE

30 October 2023
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THE Talkative Man said : Once I was an archaeologist's assistant. I wandered up and down the country probing, exploring, and digging, in search of antiquities, a most interesting occupatio

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THE BLIND DOG

30 October 2023
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IT was not a very impressive or high-class dog ; it was one of those commonplace dogs one sees everywhere colour of white and dust, tail mutilated at a young age by God knows whom, born in

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THE WATCHMAN

31 October 2023
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THERE was still a faint splash of red on the western horizon. The watchman stood on the tank bund and took a final survey. All the people who had come for evening walks had returned to their hom

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FELLOW FEELING

31 October 2023
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THE Madras-Bangalore Express was due to start in a few minutes. Trolleys and HE Madras-Bangalore Express was due to start in a few minutes. Trolleys and barrows piled with trunks and beds rattled t

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THE TIGER'S CLAW

31 October 2023
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THE man-eater's dark career was ended. The men who had laid it low were the heroes of the day. They were garlanded with chrysanthemum flowers and seated on the arch of the highest bullock cart a

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THE PERFORMING CHILD

1 November 2023
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THE child was still in bed dreaming : she was given a green railway engine just large  enough to accommodate her. She got into it and drove it all over the garden. Near the  jasmine plant she stop

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ISWARAN

1 November 2023
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WHEN the whole of the student world in Malgudi was convulsed with excitement, on a certain evening in June when the Intermediate Examination results were being expected, Iswaran went about his b

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A SANKE IN THE GRASS

2 November 2023
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ON a sunny afternoon, when the inmates of the bungalow were at their siesta a cyclist   rang his bell at the gate frantically and announced : "A big cobra has got into your   compound. It crossed

13

AN ACCIDENT

2 November 2023
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I WAS returning from the hill temple where I had been held up till nearly nine o'clock. I had driven the car down the hill, turned to my left, and gone a few yards further skirting the bas

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AN ACCIDENT

2 November 2023
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I WAS returning from the hill temple where I had been held up till nearly nine o'clock. I had driven the car down the hill, turned to my left, and gone a few yards further skirting the base of t

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A CAREER

2 November 2023
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THE Talkative Man said : Years and years ago I had a shop. It was in those days when Lawley Extension was not what it is now. It consisted of less than a hundred houses. Market Road being

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FATHER'S HELP

2 November 2023
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LYING in bed, Swami realized with a shudder that it was Monday morning. It looked as though only a moment ago it had been the last period on Friday ; already Monday was there. He hoped tha

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THE SNAKE SONG

2 November 2023
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WE were coming out of the music hall quite pleased with the concert. We thought it a very fine performance. We thought so till we noticed the Talkative Man in our midst. He looked as thoug

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FORTY FIVE A MONTH

3 November 2023
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O HANTA could not stay in her class any longer. *^ She had done clay-modelling, music, drill, a bit of alphabets and numbers, and was now cutting coloured paper. She would have to cut till

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DASI THE BRIDEGROOM

3 November 2023
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HIS name was Dasi. In all the Extension there was none like him an uncouth fellow with a narrow tapering head, bulging eyes, and fat neck ; below the neck he had an immense body, all muscl

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OUT OF BUSINESS

3 November 2023
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LITTLE over a year ago Rama Rao went out of work when a gramophone company, of which he was the Malgudi agent, went out of existence. He had put into that agency the little money he had in

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OLD BONES

3 November 2023
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THE Talkative Man said : I was canvassing agent for a company manufacturing chemical fertilizers, and my work took me into the country for over twenty days in the month. One night I was he

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ATTILA

3 November 2023
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IN a mood of optimism they named him " Attila." What they wanted of a dog was strength, formidableness, and fight, and hence he was named after the " Scourge of Europe." The puppy was

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THE AXE

3 November 2023
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AN astrologer passing through the village foretold that Velan would live in a three- storied house surrounded by many acres of garden. At this every- body gathered round young Velan and mad

24

ENGINE TROUBLE

4 November 2023
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THERE came down to our town some years ago (said the Talkative Man) a showman owning an institution called the Gaiety Land. Overnight our Gymkhana Grounds became resplendent with banners a

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ALL AVOIDABLE TALK

4 November 2023
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ALL AVOIDABLE TALK HE was told to avoid all quarrels that day. The stars were out to trouble him, and even the mildest of his remarks likely to offend and lead to a quarrel. The planets were s

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FRUITION AT FORTY

4 November 2023
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RAMA Rao obtained his officer's permission to absent himself on the following day. "  Happy returns," exclaimed his officer. " Honestly, I did not think you were forty ! "  Walking down the road t

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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

4 November 2023
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"WHAT is sixteen and three multiplied? "Barked the teacher. The boy blinked. The teacher persisted, and the boy promptly answered : " Twenty- four," with, as it seemed to the teacher, a wic

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UNDER THE BANYAN TREE

4 November 2023
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The village Somal, nestling away in the forest tracts of Mempi, had a population of less than three hundred. It was in every way a village to make the heart of a rural reformer sink. Its t

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