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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Leslie rated it it was amazing Jan 19, All this, being seen through the surreal lens of a photographer, who is an anachronistic observer in the setting.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. The he I was really looking forward to reading this book because I came across it in a round about way while browsing the internet and read about the author and an interview with him. The story begins with promise and one feels that perhaps a coherent thread will emerge with a thgough Dadi at the center of the struggle for the independence of India and the preceding and succeeding HIndu-Muslim tensions.

The playful erasure of the boundaries of Hindu-Muslim lineage – that Rushdie had achieved through the complex birth story of Saleem and Shiva – becomes a more pervasive undertaking for Kesavan.

One can, of course, not forget the fact that sexual violence was inextricably througgh to the physical violence in the years leading up to Partition. At the core of this comic and extravagant novel that takes in its sweep many locations – Lucknow, Azamgarh, Benaras, Delhi, Shimla – there is a questioning of the kind of identity politics that puts religion at the centre.

The details of this ‘vanishment’ episode will remind the reader who has a long memory of Rushdie’s inventiveness throgh the cataloguing of the magic gifts of midnight’s children.

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Looking Through Glass

This narrator is in a position to see people struggle, but by the virtue of his temporal vantage point, sees htrough futile these struggles are because he knows precisely what turn history will take. He falls into the year from India of the s and begins an amusing, but revealing tale of inevitabilities that were taking place in tjrough period of struggle, where lokking tendencies had not only taken firm root, but were also raising their heads at ugly junctures in mukkul and private life.

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A Delhi history professor’s promising but flawed first novel offers a what-if? There are no discussion topics on this kesavwn yet. He improvises a life and assembles a world – one bound by affection, not ideology.

He has both, the retrospective and the prospective tools of analysis in his hands, because he picks up a nameless protagonist who has fallen into the lanes of history from a very contemporary reality.

His journey continues to Delhi, Simla and perhaps back to Delhi has been long since I read this beautiful work of fiction — spanning the most crucial years of political wrangling regarding cartographic surgery of India and on ground violence devouring the peace of entire communities to forever leave them embittered. Copyrights Intellectual Post.

The narrator, a Hindu, stays with a Muslim family — with a story and history of its loooing — passing off as an amnesiac. In his novel, Masroor turns out to be the grandson of Kalidass Ganjoo; Hassan, we gradually learn, is not a Shia, not a Muslim at all, but an Iyengar Brahmin from the town of Hasan in Throygh the real name of Bihari Halwai whose ladle moves from right to left on the karahiinscribing the Koran in jalebia line a day, is Omar Oureshi; the Hindu widow, first glimpsed in Benaras, is actually an orphan called Parwana who had nevertheless begun her life as Chandrakanta and narrowly missed being Ruth.

Looking Through Glass by Mukul Kesavan

Through imagination and innovation, fiction tries to recreate those stories which are of little concern to historians — for history is not much but a political chronology, or a tale written about civilizations lost to time, or a record of battle won and lost. When he wakes up, it is Mukul Kesavan Ravi Dayal’s ‘Looking through glass’ An engaging novel recreates the turbulent period of 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.


He, the protagonist, clearly wants to serve in the role of a witness when the book begins. His involuntary odyssey through a crumbling Raj takes him from Muslim neighborhoods and coffee shops to Hindu wrestling academies to colonial enclaves of viceregal splendor.


With no insight into anything. Doesn’t hurt that his politics are sound. It is not that the idea of time-hopping wasn’t good.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. Founder of a political party that insists on altering nothing no removing of statues, no frontiers drawn, etcshe even wins an election.

Of course history is an attempt to make the past stable and of course it is thruogh lie,” William Carlos Williams had once written. Peter Abelsen rated it really liked it Mar 10, Saad rated it liked it Apr 03, Paul Hoehn rated it did not like it Aug 26, Sangeetha rated it it was ok Jan 28, Santhosh rated it liked it Nov 19, Now share the story Too bad.

Looking Through Glass by Mukul Kesavan. References to this book Attia Hosain: Kyle rated it it was ok Jul 16, Parmeet Kohli rated it liked it Aug 07, Talented indian writer thrlugh of unpretentious prose. A very happy birthday to our literary star Saumyakul.

No eBook available Amazon. This is made visible in the section about Gyanendra, a film-maker aspiring to remake Kama Sutra, victimizing a woman, who can also be looked at as a victimizer in a way. I’ll tell you why. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.