1. Why does Velan defend his out of town visit early in Chapter 1?
Velan defends his out of town visit by saying that he was visiting his daughter and her husband, but he says it isn't considered proper to pay too many visits to a son-in-law. In defense of his visit, he explains that his daughter and her family live with his sister so he is also visiting his sister at the same time and she doesn't mind the visits.
2. How did the barber deduce information about Raju's life?
The barber was able to deduce a great deal of information about Raju's life. The barber knew that his barber shop was the first one outside of the jail. He also noticed that Raju's hair and face showed it had been a while since they'd been taken care of, but not so long that Raju would have been in jail for a very long time. He also noticed that Raju didn't have the hardened look of someone who had been in jail long for a severe crime like murder.
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