Setting: A small town in India, mid-20th century
The main character is mostly scared but he comes up with some courage in the end.
Sekhar, a teacher, is thinking about truth. He feels that truth is like the sun—you cannot look at it directly.
He believes that people spend their lives avoiding truth. Sekhar decides to spend one day telling only the
truth. That morning, he tells his wife that the breakfast she has made is not good. At school, one of the
teachers tells him that someone they know has died. Sekhar replies that the man was selfish and mean.
Then the headmaster invites Sekhar to his house. He knows that Sekhar has good taste in music, and he
wants Sekhar to listen to his singing. In return, the headmaster tells Sekhar that he can have extra time to
grade some test papers. Sekhar listens to the headmaster sing. The singing is terrible. Sekhar is afraid that
he will lose his job if he tells the truth about the headmaster’s singing. Sekhar tells the headmaster that his
singing is not good. The headmaster thanks him for being honest and says that now he does not have to
continue paying the music teacher but he tell Sekhar that he has to finish checking the 100 papers before
cooking"but"she doesn’t know
headmaster’s singing but"the"headmaster"doesn’t"know.
o The wife expects her husband to say that her food is
wonderful but he says it is terrible
o The"headmaster"expects"a"compliment"but"Sekhar"says his singing is bad
Sekhar decided to tell the truth, and he learns it is not so bad.
telling the truth is very helpful and it also makes people trust you more.