Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
A debut novel tells the story of young Sampath Chawla, a postal worker who never feels as though he fits into the small Indian town into which he is born, and one day climbs up a tree, only to become a famous holy man. 50,000 first printing. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard is the story of Sampath Chawla, born in a time of drought into a family not quite like other families, in a town not quite like other towns. After years of failure at school, failure at work, of spending his days dreaming in the tea stalls and singing to himself in the public gardens, it does not seem as if Sampath is going to amount to much. "But the world is round," says his grandmother. "Wait and see!" No one believes her, until one day Sampath climbs a guava tree in search of peaceful contemplation and becomes unexpectedly famous as a holy man.
Sampath's newfound fame sends the tiny town of Shahkot into turmoil. His feisty sister falls in love with the very unsuitable Hungry Hop Ice Cream Boy; a syndicate of larcenous, alcoholic monkeys terrorizes the pilgrims who cluster around Sampath's tree; his father attempts to turn the orchard into a highly profitable carnival scene; and an overzealous spy determines to get to the bottom of it all and, to his consternation, achieves this goal in a most unpleasant way.

Baker
& Taylor

Sampath Chawla, a young postal worker who never feels as though he fits into the small Indian town into which he is born, one day climbs up a tree, only to become a famous holy man

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1998
ISBN: 9780871137111
0871137119
Branch Call Number: Fic
Fic De
Characteristics: 209 p

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lukasevansherman
Jan 04, 2019

A man decides to move up into a tree and is hailed as a guru for his simple pronouncements. There are also some very naughty monkeys. Desai's mother is acclaimed novelist Anita Desai.

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Mualla
Sep 10, 2010

Very colourful story and funny. On page 55 there is a hilarious description of how perfect Indian bride should be.

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