ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
R. K. Narayan (1906–2001) was born in Madras, India. After completing his education, he taught in a small village school. Narayan left teaching to devote himself full time to writing, and in 1935 he published his first novel, Swami and Friends. Two other early works, The Bachelor of Arts and Mr. Sampath, helped establish his reputation internationally. The Financial Expert (1952), his first novel to be published in the United States, was followed by a number of other novels, The English Teacher (1953), The Man-Eater of Malgudi (1961), The Painter of Signs (1976), and A Tiger for Malgudi (1983). Among his short-story collections are Malgudi Days (1982), and The Grandmother's Tale and Selected Stories (1994). In 1974, Narayan published My Days, a volume of memoirs, and in 1989, an additional volume of nonfiction, A Story Teller's World.
GUIDED READING QUESITONS.
1. How is truth like the sun?
2. For what purpose does Sekhar set apart a day? Why does he do this?
3. What might you expect to happen based on Sekhar's experience so far with his day of truth?
4. How does the headmaster feel about music?
5. Why does Sekhar want to wait until tomorrow?
6. What happened to Harischandra when he spoke only the truth?
7. What does the headmaster have to say about Sekhar's opinion of his music? How do you think he really feels?
1a. What "experiment" does Sekhar resolve to undertake for one day?
2a. What is the "first test" in Sekhar's experiment?
3a. About what does the headmaster want Sekhar's opinion?
1b. Why does Sekhar decide to set aside the day for his experiment?
2b. What actions on the part of Sekhar's wife show the stinging effect truth can have?
3b. What actions on the part of the headmaster show that he takes his singing ability seriously?
4a. Identify indications in the story showing that others