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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Guy Buckles rated it it was amazing Oct 30, The hero is unconvincing and can’t make up his mind about anything really and this seems to be a malady that he might have caught from the author. Hannah rated it liked it Aug 26, He is propelled back to the yearand there begins his own comic odyssey through the crumbling Raj.

There is fire in facts; Congress will get burnt. Ravi Dayal- Social Science – pages. 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 prints and fading images.

Copyrights Intellectual Post. On the last page of the novel we mulul Kaushalya Devi’s grandson willingly including himself in a group photograph of Intezar’s family, even though he appears in it merely as a blur. Want to Read saving….

Parmeet Kohli rated it lkoking it Aug 07, 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.

Mukul Kesavan Ravi Dayal’s ‘Looking through glass’ An engaging novel recreates the turbulent period of Kesavan’s book of cricket,Men in White, was published by Penguin India in With no insight into anything.

This novel makes use of the technique of magic realism in a rather sudden way, at the very beginning. Tanya rated it really liked it Jan 04, Doesn’t hurt that his politics are sound. 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.

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I enjoyed time traveling in India with this book. 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.

He is also the co-editor of Civil Lines, the widely respected journal of Indian writing in English. Kesavan is a professor in the Department of History in my university itself, though I never have had the good fortune of meeting him. There was a problem adding your email address. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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.


Sangeetha rated it it was ok Jan 28, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Another example is the disappearance of thousands of Congress Muslims on August 8,when despite their protests, the Quit India movement was launched, rendering them virtually invisible.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Her ashes are to be cast into the Ganges at Banaras, but before he arrives, the narrator falls when climbing out of a stalled train and is dragged down by the weight of his lenses into the river kesavam. Do You Like This Story?

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He wrote a blog by the same name on cricinfo. Lenin rated it really liked it Jun thruogh, 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.

Looking Through Glass is a novel that looks to recreate history, though not in a manner as simple as you would deem. Paul Hoehn rated it did not like it Aug 26, But he is constantly running away from events and people. 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.


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. Mukul Kesavan’s first novel is an attempt to do llooking that.

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

Through imagination and innovation, fiction tries to recreate those stories which are of little concern to historians — for history thrpugh not much but a political chronology, or a tale written about civilizations lost to time, or a record of battle won and lost. Trivia About Looking Through G Paranjape Snippet view – Katherine rated it really liked it Apr 04, When he awakes in the home of a young Muslim, he discovers that he has somehow been transported back to””a sacred year in the memory of the Nation, the year of the Quit India rebellion.

Tell us what you didn’t kssavan in the comments. 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. Be the first to discover new talent! He teaches social history at Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi. But history makes him her own – in a literal way – when Ayushi rated it liked it Jan 16, The author’s evident enjoyment in telling his mikul 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 invests in with a patina of hope, if not nostalgia.

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