They say, fiction triumphs where history and historiography meet failure. True enough. Through imagination and innovation, fiction tries to. Looking through glass. By Mukul Kesavan Ravi Dayal Pages: Price: Rs Of course history is an attempt to make the past stable and of. At The Close Of The Twentieth Century, A Young Photographer On A Train To Lucknow Suddenly Finds Himself In The Deep End Of Adrift In The Final.

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Looking Through Glass by Mukul Kesavan

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. By the end the protagonist will either have realized why Dadi was so critical of her own involvement in or in some other ways have come to grips with what transpired. Katherine rated it really liked it Apr 04, Of all the novels Midnight’s Children has spawned in the past 14 years, Looking Through Glass is closest to the original-complete with Mercurochrome and Anglepoised light. He is propelled back to the yearand there begins his own comic odyssey through the crumbling Raj.

Book review: Mukul Kesavan Ravi Dayal’s ‘Looking through glass’

Was it the Guardian? In Kesavan’s novel, among those who disappeared, one left a permanent shadow in the courtyard, the mumul remained only an image in the mirror, yet another turned into a character in a Forster novel, on every page Aziz having become Salman. Anah rated it really liked it Looikng 25, Jo rated it really liked it Dec 31, When he wakes up, it is Account Options Sign in.


The hero is unconvincing and can’t make througg his mind about anything really and this seems to be a malady that he might have caught from the author. Now share the story Too bad. I don’t remember anymore. When Kesavan’s photographer-narrator sets off on assignment to shoot pictures in Lucknow, he’s carrying his late grandmother’s ashes, as well as the camera lenses her pension helped pay for.

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His travails in Benaras include meeting and dealing with a aspiring porn-film-maker, and rescuing an unwed, pregnant girl, Parwana — all this while being under the tutelage of a local wrestler giving regular sermons on the importance of celibacy for conserving strength. June 20, Hina Jain rated it it was ok Oct 15, The rest of the novel is an account of the next five years lived through the bifocal lens of kesafan, as only he knows what shape events are going to take, while his new-found friends do not have an inkling that the revolution of is going to be abortive and a major holocaust awaits them in When he awakes in the home of a young Muslim, he discovers that he has somehow been transported back keeavan””a sacred year in the memory of the Nation, the year of the Quit India rebellion.

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Besides telling you plainly that independence as partition were affairs larger than the exchange between Congress and the Muslim League, it also encompasses other interesting sub-plots, one of which is crude kind of sexual comedy.


Talented indian writer capable of unpretentious prose.

Oesavan 14, Alexandra rated it liked it. He meets change-mongering nationalists, but also Ammi, founder of the Society for the Defense of the Present; Gyanendra, a pioneering pornographer; and even his own grandmother, whom he cremated long before. There is fire in facts; Congress will get burnt. He starts his journey with the intention of immersing his grandmother’s ashes in the Ganga, but ends up being circumcised and sequestered in the Purana Quila with the Muslims of Delhi while the riots of 7 rage outside.

Sangeetha rated it it was ok Jan 28, He is also the co-editor of Civil Lines, the widely respected journal of Indian writing in English. TweetIntellect The world’s first professional Viewspaper glads to muukul, protecting, promoting and publishing fiercely independent and thought provoking content!

Looking Through Glass

Abu Khalidsen rated it it was amazing Sep 28, This novel makes use of the technique of magic realism in a rather sudden way, at the very beginning. No eBook available Amazon.

But despite the Rushdien resonances or is it because of them? The narrator, a Hindu, stays with a Muslim family — with a story and history of its own — passing off as an amnesiac. Be the first to discover new talent!

I enjoyed time traveling in India with this book.

Leslie rated it it was amazing Jan 19,