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 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.

Title:Ghachar Ghochar
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780143111689
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    Ghachar Ghochar Reviews

  • Ariel

    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 g...

  • Seemita

    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 t...

  • Diane S ?

    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 w...

  • Esil

    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 th...

  • PorshaJo

    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. Ghacha...

  • Srividya

    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 t...

  • Em Lost In Books

    "When you have no choice, you have no discontent either." Had been on my tbr for more a year and would have gathered dust for longer, had it not been recommended to me by my buddy. A short but a lo...

  • Iris P

    Ghachar Ghochar★★★★ 4 ½ Spellbinding Stars! “When you have no choice, you have no discontent either.” ― Vivek Shanbhag - Ghachar Ghochar*************************************...

  • Bookishrealm

    That ending. Honestly, I didn’t expect that and I listened to the last 20 minutes of this book twice to make sure I understood what the author was insinuating. Brilliantly done and I’m glad this w...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    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 ...