The Man-Eater of Malgudi Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What goes on the front room of the shop that Nataraj runs?

Nataraj has set out some chairs in the front room and allows anyone to come in and sit down. Some people, including a poet and a journalist, often come by and spend a lot of time there talking and reading.

2. What is the story of the house on Kabir Street?

The house on Kabir Street is the Nataraj's ancestral home. At one time Nataraj's grandparents and their five sons--about 15 people in all--lived there with their families. After the grandmother passed away the families started to bicker and eventually separated, leaving the house to Nataraj's parents.

3. What does Nataraj do early every morning?

Early every morning Nataraj goes to the river where he bathes and washes his clothes. He also prays as the sun rises.

4. How are the relationships Nataraj has with the people around him?

In general, Nataraj gets along well with the people around him. He is on very good terms with the owners of the printing press next door. He usually has people lounging in his parlor to talk to and he cordially greets everyone on the street. The only people he does not seem to get along with are members of his extended family due to the dispute over the home.

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