Ghachar Ghochar

Ghachar Ghochar A young man s close knit family is nearly destitute when his uncle founds a successful spice company changing their fortunes overnight As they move from a cramped ant infested shack to a larger hous

  • Title: Ghachar Ghochar
  • Author: Vivek Shanbhag Srinath Perur
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  • Page: 205
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  • A young man s close knit family is nearly destitute when his uncle founds a successful spice company, changing their fortunes overnight As they move from a cramped, ant infested shack to a larger house on the other side of Bangalore, and try to adjust to a new way of life, the family dynamic begins to shift Allegiances realign marriages are arranged and begin to falter A young man s close knit family is nearly destitute when his uncle founds a successful spice company, changing their fortunes overnight As they move from a cramped, ant infested shack to a larger house on the other side of Bangalore, and try to adjust to a new way of life, the family dynamic begins to shift Allegiances realign marriages are arranged and begin to falter and conflict brews ominously in the background Things become ghachar ghochar a nonsense phrase uttered by one meaning something tangled beyond repair, a knot that can t be untied Elegantly written and punctuated by moments of unexpected warmth and humor, Ghachar Ghochar is a quietly enthralling, deeply unsettling novel about the shifting meanings and consequences of financial gain in contemporary India A wise and skillfull book Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal Within the tight confines of a hundred pages or so, Shanbhag presents as densely layered a social vision of Bangalore as Edith Wharton did of New York in The House of MirthHe s one of those special writers who can bring a fully realized world to life in a few pages Maureen Corrigan, NPR One of the best novels to have come out of India in recent decades Pankaj MishraLonglisted for the International Dublin Literary AwardOne of the BBC s 10 Books You Should Read in February One of Publishers Weekly s Writers to Watch Spring 2017 One of the NewYorker contributors Books We Loved in 2016

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    1. This is exactly why I love short books. With 119 pages Shanbhag managed to completely enthral me, had me nodding along, basically had me going "oooo!" and "ahhhh!" This is a story about how a family goes from poor to rich and how it completely tears them apart. Not in a "everyone hates everyone because they're now spoiled rotten" way, but in a "how does a family that worked together as a community rewire itself to work as a family that is made up of individuals with no interdependence?" . FASCIN [...]

    2. At my touch, the striking cover of this book leapt up and stood suspended at my eye-level. As if to escape this loggerhead-state, I bored through its skin amid a question - what does this image wish to convey? Unity? Mess? Greed? Asymmetry? Power? Victory? Abandonment? Confusion? Culture? Habit? All? None? Not quite able to coalesce all these floating words into a single bubble of appreciable mass, I threw aside my pondering gauntlet and opened the first page. I began reading, and read a little [...]

    3. In Bangalore, India a young man sits in a coffee shop. It is a place he comes to often, morning and evening, he is convinced that the waiter Vincent has insights into life that he badly needs. As he works up his courage to tell Vincent his story, he ponder the many changes in his family.Once poor, living in only four rooms that connected front to back, a mother, father, sister and brother as well as their uncle all live together. There is a certain progression of stays that is silently acknowled [...]

    4. A line in the book sums this one up perfectly 'It's true what they say - it's not we who control the money, it's the money that controls us'. Such a small, short book but it packs such a punch. Ghachar Ghochar tells the story of one Indian family. You get an in-depth look at Indian culture and family dynamics. I am always fascinated by anything about India and this one did not disappoint. The story tells how one family, living in poverty, are closer than you can believe. They enjoy the company o [...]

    5. A high 4 stars. When I finished Ghachar Ghochar, I read the author's brief biography at the end of the book, and wasn't surprised to see that he had written several plays. This very short novel has the tightness of a good play. Set in Bangalore, India, the first person narrator tells us about his family's recent rise to wealth and the attendant consequences. The story is short and told very simply, but the understated nature of the narrative is deceiving. You don't know what the story is really [...]

    6. Ghachar Ghochar is perhaps one of the first books in recent times that interested me because of its title. The unique nature of the title and its surrounding simplicity attracted me and made me want to read this book. Added to this is the fact that the cover is one of the most beautiful covers that I have seen and this is not solely due to its aesthetic appeal but more due to its simplicity and its ability to convey a message that is both simple and true. Despite having bought this book, I could [...]

    7. Ghachar Ghochar★★★★ 4 ½ Spellbinding Stars! “When you have no choice, you have no discontent either.” ― Vivek Shanbhag - Ghachar Ghochar***********************************************Recently there's been lots of discussions about the plight and struggles of the working middle class, both in the United States and in Europe. Something we hear less about thought is the anxiety experienced by people who had recently made their way up the economic ladder, particularly those who live i [...]

    8. Onvan : Ghachar Ghochar - Nevisande : Vivek Shanbhag - ISBN : 014311168X - ISBN13 : 9780143111689 - Dar 128 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2017

    9. I found out about this book after reading a review from my book friend, PorshaJo, and she generously gifted me her copy to read. So thoughtful of you, PJ, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I was struck by the sparse, to-the-point prose, and coincidentally, I finished Kent Haruf's Our Souls at Night yesterday, which shared a similar writing style of saying more with less. When I got to the end of this novella about unplanned wealth's effect on a family, at first, I was greedy. I wanted the story to co [...]

    10. Translated literary pieces frequently fail to transport the original essence of a story as rendering the meaning of a text into another language in the way that the author intended is difficult. But, often than not there is a lot in a book, that falls casualty to the exigencies of translation, there is simply no alternative. I personally don’t like translated scripts and have a suspicion towards something that is not the original. Having said that, most of my favorite books are translated piec [...]

    11. We are first introduced to Vincent, sitting in a Coffee House in Bangalore and avoiding responsibility. From there we spiral outward to his family as they navigate their suddenly changed situation and newfound wealth. Money affords them a laissez faire ruthlessness. They are sharp edges to those outside the family unit. The intricate dependencies on each other in poverty binds them in wealth. It’s a fine balance ;) A tiny book, easily read and beautifully done. Frankly some of the reviews are [...]

    12. Rating: 4.5* of fiveReading Is Resistance to selective blindness about violence against women.tinyurl/j8428exExcellent book, Penguin Books should be proud of introducing English-language readers to yet another amazing voice.

    13. 3.5 starsOne of the commendable things about this book is that in small set of pages a lot of things are conveyed. There are soo many things revealed by subtle nuances of wordsOriginally written in Kannada, I read the English translation. The translation is well done and makes for an easy read.The story starts off with a man reminiscing about his child-hood days. The first half of the story is a flashback to his childhood days, the struggles of lower middle class family and the happiness found i [...]

    14. "When you have no choice, you have no discontent either."A very quick, albeit intense read, that I read in its entirety on my flight back. This is the story of a noveau-rich family, and the intricate ties that bind them together, and also threaten to snap with all the money and all the accompanying changes that have entered their lives.This was an engaging read, and would have got a full 5-star rating from me, had it not been for the open and abrupt ending, which is something I really do not enj [...]

    15. This book took me on a memory trip like no other. I can't quite put a finger on what exactly could be reason for this, but I felt like I knew everything that happened in this book first hand. It felt like I knew the people in this book, like they were some kind of am extended family. The events throughout the book caused me pain like they were happening right in front of me, and the language kept it more than real. Many times,I noticed that I stopped whatever para it was that I was reading, and [...]

    16. I just realized I never wrote a review of this book, and now 10 days after reading it, I'm conflicted. It is well-written and there is a morality tale/parable quality to the story, with a surprise ending. The love of money is the root of all evil? Sudden riches can corrupt? Nothing new about that. I was also disturbed by the way women and their role within the family were depicted. Perhaps that is the way it just is, but there was no commentary about it.After giving it some thought, I'm downgrad [...]

    17. A pre-LPG (both meanings of LPG relevant here) Indian joint family bumps into money, and metamorphoses into a monster. Shanbhag's achievement is not falling into the easy trap of nostalgia. He does, however, provide only a unilateral view of money's effects, which may be pardoned here considering the word count. The book is, in fact, the perfect size: a fatter version might have been tedious to read.

    18. Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag was translated from the Indian language Kannada. This book is pretty famous so I was curious to see what the hype was all about. Most reviews said that this book made them nostalgic about old Bangalore. There were few times it did make me nostalgic but overall it was pretty meh.The one star is just because I was able to relate to some descriptions in the book like putting rangoli in the morning and such simple incidents. I still couldn't relate to a lot of thing [...]

    19. 4.5 stars.Perhaps I wouldn't have read this book, if Srividya had not mentioned in a thread that the kindle edition is being sold at reduced rates, and Girish immediately replying that he's bought it. My curiosity was piqued. I went through the blurb and a few reviews and decided to try it out.The deceptively simple story of a lower middle class Bangalorean family sucked me in to a world layered with blood ties, tactics and duplicity. The family consisted of father, mother, their children - a gi [...]

    20. A stellar performance. The novel follows a family's progress from a small, ant-infested house to a mansion and their rise in social status. The narrator relies on neat, hand-picked scenes to tell us about each family member and how the sudden rush of wealth affects them. It is brilliantly done. A gesture here, a dialogue there, and we understand everything. The method used is pretty decent and deceptively simple - in each section we are given some information about the past (the father was a sal [...]

    21. Finished the book today. The cloudy afternoon with no power was utilized for this quick read.The book is very well-written no doubt. I could empathize with the situation of one earner and the others tiptoeing around him. But somehow that kind of sudden wealth with almost no contribution from anyone from the family or the change to so much worthless spending seemed a little difficult to digest. As someone trying to run a business, I see more austerity than before (when had a cushy corporate job). [...]

    22. The message of this incredible book distills to a simple phrase: Money changes everything. The book begins with a near-perfect description of the unnamed main character's ritual of going to his cafe/sanctuary, and meeting with his barista/guru. I read this section three times as I loved it that much. The story opens up and becomes a parable (of sorts), detailing a family's rise from poverty to wealth. We see how each character changes - in looks, personality, personal tastes - in a very short am [...]

    23. Have you ever felt this?You read a book and you cry simply because of the way the story is told. The events are not that tragic but you always want to cry only because the tenderness of the language. It is like someone is showering love unconditionally over you. I never felt this affection while reading another book. It was like someone was caressing my hair and telling me story about a simple family. Why have not I read this before? Why is this not a bestseller?A masterpiece. Simply, with no if [...]

    24. Read this! It is a wonderful story that is distinctly Indian. In 100 pages Shanbhag manages to bring out fleshed out characters, a typical lower middle class family and the tangled web of sudden wealth.For more - thebooksatchel/ghachar

    25. "It’s natural to ask, I suppose, why the six of us should live together. As natural as it is for families to pretend that they desire what is thrust upon them as an inevitability. It’s one of their strengths."I have a soft spot in my heart for stories set in Indian metropolises, especially ones involving middle class characters. And that's precisely where Ghachar Ghochar shines - its characters, by virtue of how interconnected their lives are, are richly fleshed out, with their actions and h [...]

    26. A delightfully perceptive novella about the changes wrought upon relationships, behaviour and outlook in a close-knit family by a sudden infusion of wealth. The story is narrated with humour, and the translation by Srinath Perur is exquisite.The clincher? A Jeeves-like waiter named Vincent.

    27. 4.5 out of 5 starsWHEN I finished this book I read the little bio about the author and saw that he has written a few plays in India and honestly that makes a lot of sense. This book is only 119 pages long and in such a short book Shanbhag manages to craft a story that is poignant and filled with humour and warmth. I really enjoyed this book!The story follows a family who have suddenly become wealthy after being incredibly poor for most of their lives. Money had been at the centre of their family [...]

    28. I have heard so many good things about this book that I had to read it & find out for myself :)This is a great book that talks about the tensions between family members in an Indian joint family. The closeness amongst the members takes a hit as their family business prospers & they move into a bigger house.There are many small snippets that you will identify with as you read it - ants infesting the house, sitting together at the dinner table but not being connected, brushing things under [...]

    29. So I read here on , by Seemita, a good friend here at this platform, who had written two lines on this book, where she was saying, seldom does the domestic fabric is invoking so firm stint Just two lines of her review, which was expanded later, was enough for me to log into and order this book :).Today afternoon I took it and finished it all in one swoop. And as that was inferred from Seemita's review Once you step into the world that this book builts upon, you will get more and more spiral do [...]

    30. I decided to take up this book because the reviews said that its really fantastic. Most of the reviews saying that the instances are very relatable. Indeed, the book was awesome. Nice little book with a lot of things to say. Story starts with a cafe where the narrator comes often. He is in a situation where he wants to discuss things with Vincent, a waiter of that cafe. Vincent is projected as a person who understands his customers so much so that he does not even need to listen to them to give [...]

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