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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It is a fabulist’s recreation of the years between and in north India in a narrative that revels in its own fecundity.

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Looking Through Glass by Mukul Kesavan

An interesting if disappointing debut: Have a great year ahead: Kalpana rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Be the first to ask a question about Looking Through Glass. Sue rated it really liked it Feb 02, Sangeetha rated it it was ok Jan 28, Katherine rated it really liked it Apr 04, Mukul Kesavan’s first novel is an attempt to do precisely that. Excited by his new zoom lens that eliminates distance, he looks into the camera while standing precariously on a railway bridge and, as he slips, finds that he has accidentally eliminated time.

By the end you are left with a strange mish-mash of a pregnant-anglo-Indian-orphan-eventual mother of twins-“fallen”-woman, a completely undeveloped female-muslim-sister-peripheral character who turns lesbian with love for the former a love that has no meaning or significance in the story it seems other than to say oh lesbian love not only existed in “those days” it even crossed religious boundariesa mother who is forward-thinking and completely rooted in an identity defined by men and society, a son who is a recruitment poster and just about as interestinga dadi who gets 2 pages somewhere- all the while the hero, is developing pussy boils on his face, farting, shitting, and getting erections which he can’t control the reference to floating turds are many and all equally gratuitous and making one wonder if the author was trying to be Khushwant-esque in his directness.


And as he struggles to sidestep the juggernaut that will irrevocably divide Hindus and Muslims, we discover, often with a terrible poignancy, how much of what came to be in India need not have been. Do You Like This Story? Kyle rated it it was ok Jul 16, Towards a poetics of the Indian English novel Makarand R.

Tanya rated it really liked it Jan 04, Aug 28, Radhika rated it did not like it Recommends it for: He witnesses the killings and arrests of new acquaintances as the British forcefully end the Quit India campaign; the growing enmity between Hindus and Muslims; the missteps that could have easily been avoided; and the flight of thousands of terrified Muslims to the Old Fort in Delhi as Independence leads to slaughter, persecution, and the establishment of Muslim Pakistan.

The book is a collection of essays on a wide variety of themes ranging from Indian films to Indian men to travel writing and even political commentary.

He, the protagonist, clearly wants to serve in the role loiking a witness when the book begins. There is fire in facts; Congress will get burnt.


Santhosh rated it liked it Nov 19, Given his uncertain position in time, this blurred presence is figuratively quite appropriate in a novel where the literal and the metaphorical meanings are often merged.

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It is not that the idea of time-hopping wasn’t good. Ravi Dayal- Social Science – pages. Guy Buckles rated it it was amazing Glqss 30, A Delhi history professor’s promising but flawed first novel offers a what-if? Hannah rated it liked it Aug 26, We are intermittently reminded of its presence through references to films, frames and windows, as well as through metaphors of black-and-white vision, sepia mukyl and fading images.

Looking Through Glass

Lastly, the novel is so dearly loved by me because of the lightness of tone with which the author is able to convey the seriousness of matter. Yasser Ansari rated it it was amazing May 20, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


One can, of course, not forget the fact that sexual violence was inextricably linked to the physical violence in the years leading up to Partition. Be the first to mkkul new talent! No eBook available Amazon. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Looking Through Glass is a novel that looks to recreate history, though not in a manner as simple as you would deem.

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Fiction, on the other hand, can merrily destabilise the past, bringing to life the infinite possibilities that exist at any given moment before subsequent events sift them out of collective memory. Want to Read saving…. Parmeet Kohli rated it liked it Aug 07, References to this book Attia Hosain: In Kesavan’s novel, among those who disappeared, one left a permanent shadow in the courtyard, the other remained only an image in the mirror, yet another turned into a character in a Forster novel, on every page Aziz having become Salman.

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His involuntary odyssey thrrough a crumbling Raj takes him from Muslim neighborhoods and coffee shops to Hindu wrestling academies to colonial enclaves of viceregal splendor. The author’s evident enjoyment in telling his tale is infectious, and although the period described here was a turbulent time in history – what with a revolution, a war, a famine and many riots – the distancing device kfsavan in with a patina of hope, if not nostalgia.

The details of this ‘vanishment’ episode will remind the reader who has a long memory of Rushdie’s inventiveness in the cataloguing of the magic gifts of midnight’s children. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.