GHACHAR GHOCHAR BY VIVEK SHANBHAG
RATING – 4/5
This short yet gripping novel follows a family journey from being too poor to rich in a very less span of time. Once poor, surviving in only four rooms that connected front to back, a mother, father, sister and brother as well as their uncle all live together. All this changes when the father loses his job and the uncle has a plan to commence his own business. His uncle’s business starts making profits. Suddenly their lives change, more money, better place to live, but while much is gained, much is lost.
This is why I love short novels, in less than 120 pages, Shanbhag manages to craft a narrative that is poignant and filled with humor and warmth.
GHACHAR GHOCHAR is a nonsense term used by the narrator’s wife, which means entangled. And the title perfectly describes the book. How everything in their life gets messed up once they become rich. “It’s true what they say — it’s not we who control money, it’s the money that controls us,”
Things left unsaid is what makes this book more magnificent.
FINAL VERDICT –
HIGHLEY RECOMMENDED. This novel has been called as The Great Indian novel by New York Times. So, do not miss reading this masterpiece.
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“Hey am I speaking to Kevin.”
“There was a car accident at Broadway an hour ago and we found three bodies and I’m sorry to inform you that one of the body was of your father’s.”
NUMB, n u m b, numb.
I was 16,
When I lost my dad.
On the birthday of my mom,
She died, when I was nine.
I hated her when she died.
I hated her that she left me all alone.
But dad never let me feel alone.
Now, that he is gone too
What am I suppose to do
I’m all alone, stranger to myself.
Should I hate him too
For leaving me all alone
in the middle of the sea. /I still hate him for that.
Tried to molest me,
When I was 19.
I went to my friends,
To tell them what happened.
“Damn it, two girls, you must have had fun.”
Numb, NUMB, n u m b.
Thinking that, Mom and dad
Was just a cut or jump away.
I attempted suicide.
But I was saved,
By a girl
Aged 19. // the pain is still there,
I’m 54 now,
Both my daughters are getting
They are happy,
We. Are. Happy.
I’m writing this for them
It gets better,
no matter, How bad it gets
/// two times it didn’t get better one time it did.
1. You are beautiful, no matter what people say about you. Always remember you are beautiful both from inside and outside. never ever doubt that.
2. Life is too short to begin the sentences with ‘If’ or ‘What if’.
// Say things you always wanted to say, if you love them, tell them, don’t wait for the perfect time, perfect time is a non-existent entity. Say I love you often and always end the conversation on positive and happy note, there might be very much possibility that you may not talk to them again. Ever.
3. Fall in love with strangers.
/Share your naked truth with strangers, and if they talk to you after knowing your naked truth, believe me, you will be friends for a very long time, maybe forever.
4. Treat heartbreak as comma and not as full stop.
// They say ‘time heals everything’ I don’t agree, I belive it’s not time but people who heals people over a period of time.
5. Don’t take life seriously, but always take reading seriously.
// read books, a lot of books, you don’t have to finish every book you start. Every book you read makes you a better version of yourself so Reading book is like having a software update. KEEP YOUR SYSTEM UPDATED ALWAYS.
/Not necessarily to far away places but travel. Explore your city, discover hideaway places, talk to older people and try to know their stories, once in a while visit café alone(take books with you obviously), read and observe people.
Introvert for the world,
Extrovert for her diary.
Thankfully, Diaries don’t judge people, as the world does.
in the end,
out of all the chaos
You will find the peace.
in the end,
You will realise,
are better unanswered.
Life is unfair,
And that’s fair.
in the end,
the keys of your happiness,
won’t have any duplicates.
Out of nowhere,
you will find yourself
And that end
Will be your new beginning.
**This is the excerpt from one of my favorite book which I wanted to share with all of you from a long time. Enjoy reading and do answer the question asked at last.”
Even though I’ve just met you, I believe we will be friends.
First, I will tell you something about me, then you can tell me something about you, as that, I believe, is how friendship works.
Here is something I believe: I believe that people don’t know how people work when they’re young and maybe that’s why we’re so reckless with each other when we’re young.
I think people think that people come and go, in and out of life and I think that school teaches them that, that life changes in big annual movements, that one year you’re this and the next, you’re that. But life blends into itself as you get older and you realise, you will watch a few, if not many, of your friends get old.
You will watch them lose their minds and their hair. You will watch them get sick and get better. You will watch them succeed and fail. You will watch them get married, get divorced, get pregnant and yes, eventually, you will watch them die. Or they will watch you die.
So this is what I believe friendship means. And I’m sorry to have to put such a heavy burden on you. But you have put the same burden on me.
Now you can tell me something you believe, as it is your turn, and this is how friendship works.
You remind me of home,
Of all the comfort I find there,
My heart skips a beat,
whenever I see you.
You keep me wild,
You keep me young,
All I want is, you.
Forever and ever.
“Oh god, I’m nervous again. What kind of letter will they will put inside me. I hope it’s not a sad one. I can’t see someone crying after opening me. God, that hurts. Please God, no sad letters. I want to carry happiness with me. I want spread happiness. In the world full of sadness, it’s amazing feeling to spread happiness. Fingers crossed. I hope it’s a happy letter this time.”
What you guys think, must be going in the empty envelope?
People say one-sided love hurts, I know it does, but there is a bright side of this love. You know you will never lose her, no break ups, no fights.
Isn’t that wonderful?
Love where you don’t expect anything in return.
Joy of seeing a smile on her face is far bigger than the pain of her not loving me back. You know, I’ll be her best friend, I’ll be the person she can always rely on. I know I will be hurt, but at least I can make her smile. And I suppose that’s what true love is, to see the person you love smile, no matter what.
“Some love lasts a lifetime. True love lasts forever.”
If you’re reading this…
Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about,
then I don’t know what is.
Have a happy Valentine day.
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