Like the Sun short story summary

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 
tomorrow morning.

Dramatic Irony
o The"reader"knows"that"Sekhar"doesn’t"like"his"wife’s"
cooking"but"she doesn’t know
o The"reader"knows"that"Sekhar"doesn’t"like"the"
headmaster’s singing but"the"headmaster"doesn’t"know.

Situational Irony
o The wife expects her husband to say that her food is
wonderful but he says it is terrible
o The"headmaster"expects"that"the"teacher"will"say"his"
singing"is"wonderful"but"the"teacher"says"it"is lousy.
o The"teacher"thinks"the"headmaster"is"mad"at"him"because"
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.