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Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag

Vincent is a waiter at Coffee House. – Opening sentence Ghachar Ghochar is only  a short story – I read in all in one sitting – but one with a big impact; something which I think only the very talented can achieve in their writing. I admit, I was initially drawn in by the striking cover design – but also by the opportunity to expand on my own personal range of  genres. Ghachar Ghochar is the first of  Shanbhag’s works to be translated into English, and has been praised as being a masterclass of crafting. I can see why. Set in Bangalore, the story is told from the perspective of one unnamed character, referred to only once by his childhood nickname ‘Krukane’. In some ways it reminded me of Stoner: A Novel as both are stories about men who consider themselves to be thoroughly ordinary and boring. Both stories describe the…