Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

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Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard
First edition
Author Kiran Desai
Country India
Language English
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 209
ISBN 0-87113-711-9
OCLC 39486434
Followed by The Inheritance of Loss

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard is a novel by Kiran Desai published in 1998. It is her first book and won the top prize for the Betty Trask Awards in 1998.[1] It is set in the Indian village of Shahkot (state of Punjab) and follows the exploits of a young man, Sampath Chawla, trying to avoid the responsibilities of adult life. Fed up with his life in Shahkot, Sampath goes to a guava orchard and settles himself in a guava tree, where he uses the gossip he learned while working at the post office to convince people he is clairvoyant and soon becomes a popular "holy man".

Kiran Desai based this book[citation needed] on a real-life story in which a man, Kapila Pradhan,[2] lived up a tree for 15 years. This was the author's inspiration for the book and there are similarities between the novel and Pradhan's life in his tree.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Society of Authors — Prizes, Grants and Awards". Society of Authors. Archived from the original on 2007-02-11. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  2. ^ Jena, Sanjaya (25 January 2006). "Man lives in tree after domestic spat". BBC. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 

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