Ghachar Ghochar


Author: Vivek Shanbhag
Translated by Srinath Perur

9789352642373 | PB | pp. 117 | 2016 | Harper Perennial

This is a suspenseful, playful and ultimately menacing story about the shifting consequences of success.

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‘It’s true what they say – it’s not we who control money, it’s the money that controls us. When there’s only a little, it behaves meekly; when it grows, it becomes brash and has its way with us.’ From a cramped, ant-infested house to a spacious bungalow, a family finds itself making a transition in many ways. The narrator, a sensitive young man, is numbed by the swirl around him. All he can do is flee every day to an old-world cafe, where he seeks solace from an oracular waiter. As members of the family realign their equations and desires, new strands are knotted, others come apart, and conflict brews dangerously in the background. Masterfully translated from the Kannada by Srinath Perur, Ghachar Ghochar is a suspenseful, playful and ultimately menacing story about the shifting consequences of success.


Vivek Shanbhag
Translator: Srinath Perur




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About the Contributors

The author is an Indian story writer, novelist and playwright in Kannada. He is the author of eight works of fiction and two plays, all of which have been published in Kannada. His works have been translated into English and several other Indian languages. Vivek Shanbhag also worked as editor for the literary magazine Desha Kaala for 5 years. Desha Kaala was considered as one of the best literary magazines in Kannada. Huli Savaari, Kantu, Noolina Eni, Guruthu, Langaru, Ankura, Mattobbana Samsara, Sharvana Services, Ghachar Gochar, Innu Ondu, Ondu Badi Kadalu and Ooru Bhanga are his best contributions to the Kannada fiction.

Srinath Perur likes to writes on a variety of subjects, often to do with travel and science. He is the author of If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai, a book about travelling with groups.


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