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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Its narrator is our contemporary, an ambitious young photographer properly unconcerned with history. 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. Ammi is the most original creation of the author, while the lesavan, circus acrobats, hotel waiters and even Mohammad Ali Jinnah tend to get incorporated into the ambience of the paradigmatic post-modern novel about the subcontinent.

Kesavan looks through glass, but not darkly. A Delhi history professor’s promising tjrough flawed first novel offers a what-if?

Please provide an email address. There was a problem adding your email address. Lookiny eBook available Amazon. And it ends as miserably as it lurches to that end. By evoking lesser known streams of ideological thoughts on the idea of India and its various communities, the novel also makes a sincere attempt at political rewriting of historical facts.


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References to this book Attia Hosain: His credentials for writing about the game are founded on a spectatorial axiom: The nameless narrator is also made throuugh partake in this rich confusion. And even as he runs and stays away, he somehow only focuses only on those he can’t see or feel. Founder of a political party that insists on altering nothing no removing of statues, no frontiers drawn, etcshe even wins an election.

I read the book cover to cover in order to be sure that I was giving it a fair shake though about a quarter through, the author was already beginning to bore me.

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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 Tbrough having become Salman.

Lizz rated it it was ok May 03, Given his uncertain kezavan in time, this blurred presence is figuratively quite appropriate in a novel where throjgh literal and the metaphorical meanings are often merged. Even better is the experience when you see the confluence of a historian and fiction writer of great merit, as I happened to notice in Looking Through Glass by Mukul Kesavan. The narrator, a Hindu, stays with a Muslim family — with a story and history of its own — passing off as an amnesiac.

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Mukul Kesavan’s first novel is an attempt to do precisely that. One can, of thfough, not forget the fact that sexual violence was inextricably linked to the physical violence in the years leading up to Partition. Saad rated it liked it Apr 03, Now share the story Too bad.

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

Set amid the turbulence of Indian partition and independence, the mukull of this tale is a young photographer who has a mysterious accident while testing out his new telescopic lens. These tendencies of the author are distinctly noticeable in the way he creates his rather strong characters, ordinary citizens, supporting ideas which are in contravention of what was historically ascribed to them.

He is also the co-editor of Civil Lines, the widely respected journal of Lopking writing in English. Sue rated it really liked it Feb 02,