Malgudi Days Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. How does the astrologer know so much about Guru Nayak when he comes to have his horoscope read?

The astrologer knows so much about Guru Nayak because the astrologer himself had previously been involved in a major fight with him. Consequently, he knows things about his past as well as other information -- like his name -- that makes Guru Nayak think that he is quite a gifted astrologer.

2. Why is the astrologer so upset at the payment Guru Nayak gives him for his reading?

The astrologer is so upset at the payment Guru Nayak gives him for his reading because he thinks he should have been paid more. His wife, however, is pleased because it is enough to buy a treat for their daughter.

3. Why does Thanappa hide some of the mail for Ramanujan's family?

Thanappa hides some of the mail for Ramanujan's family because it brings bad news -- and that bad news will lead to the cancellation of a wedding. Thanappa knows, however, that the marriage is a good one and he doesn't want the wedding to be canceled.

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